Average teen Sophie is swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. Later, the young girl is cursed by the Witch of the Waste and finds refuge in Howl’s magical moving castle, where a dangerous war of sorcery is brewing.
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE
HAURU NO UGOKU SHIRO
2004, Walt Disney Pictures, 119 min, Japan, Dir: Hayao Miyazaki
Sophie, an average teenage girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. After this chance meeting, the young girl is turned into a 90-year-old woman by the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste. Embarking on an incredible adventure to lift the curse, Sophie finds refuge in Howl’s magical moving castle. As the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, and his relationship with Sophie deepens, our young heroine finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world. HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE was the second Studio Ghibli film to be nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar.
In Japanese with English subtitles.