Howl's Moving Castle
The winner of this year's Studio Ghibli competition is HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE.
The screenings of Howl's Moving Castle are in Norwegian.
Young Sophie is a modest hatter in an idyllic 19th century small town, where most things run on steam. When Sophie is magically transformed into an old lady, she runs away into the countryside in desperation – and happens upon a spectacular moving castle. The seemingly live castle is kept going by the fire demon Calcifer, who in turn is under the spell of a handsome young wizard by the name of Howl. Together, Sophie and Calcifer try to break the magical bonds that restrain them.
Howl’s Moving Castle is based on the popular young adult novel of the same name, written by Diana Wynne-Jones. However, the free-flowing creative genius of Hayao Miyazaki has transformed the story into a work that can definitely hold its own, and has become a natural part of Miyazaki’s animated universe.
Hayao Miyazaki (b. 1941) is the most highly respected director of animation films still living today. He has had a fruitful cooperation with Takahata Isao since 1971, and since 1985, they have run the famous Studio Ghibli from which he released his most famous films such as My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Princess Mononoke (1997), Spirited Away (2001) and Ponyo (2008).
This film is part of
Original title ハウルの動く城
Director Hayao Miyazaki
Screenplay Hayao Miyazaki, Diana Wynne Jones
Cinematography Atsushi Okui
Producer Rick Dempsey, Tomohiko Ishii, John Lasseter, Ned Lott, Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki
Cast Benedikte Kruse, Inger Teien, Håvard Bakke, Aksel Hennie, Bente Børsum, Martin Lange, Kirsti Grundvig, m.fl.
Production Company Buena Vista Home Entertainment, DENTSU Music And Entertainment, Mitsubishi, Nippon Television Network (NTV), Studio Ghibli, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation (TFC), Tokuma Shoten, d-rights
Runtime 1h 59m
Subtitles No Subtitles
Genre Family, Animation, Adventure
Age limit 6