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Exquisitely illustrated by master animator Miyazaki, Howl's Moving Castle will delight children with its fantastical story and touch the hearts and minds of older viewers as well. Read critic reviews

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A young girl is forced to toil in her parents' hat shop and her only joy is in her occasional meetings with a handsome stranger, Howl the wizard. When a witch sees her happiness, she curses her to become old in a jealous rage. Ashamed and afraid, she flees to Howl's magic moving castle. Will Howl see her for who she really is?

Cast & Crew

Takuya Kimura
Hauru
Voice
Akihiro Miwa
Arechi no Majo
Voice
Tatsuya Gashuin
Karushifâ
Voice
Ryunosuke Kamiki
Marukuru
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Mitsunori Isaki
Koshô
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Yô Ôizumi
Kakashi no Kabu
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Akio Ôtsuka
Kokuô
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Haruko Kato
Sariman
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Critic Reviews for Howl's Moving Castle

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Audience Reviews for Howl's Moving Castle

  • Mar 21, 2021
    Miyazaki emphasizes different narrative elements than most fantasy films of this kind (hence why the "missing prince" plot twist is treated like an afterthought) but this isn't a cheap attempt to subvert expectations rather he's focusing on character growth at the expense of silly plot mechanics which makes his anti war plea more effective.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2020
    Fans of the book "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell" will love this film.
    Letitia L Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2016
    More imaginative than a barrel of monkeys, the story here is secondary to the execution, and the story is better than most by far. A fairytale, yes, but for young and old. Don't allow naysayers to put you off.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2016
    An excellent film, and one of Miyazaki's absolute best. This is a masterpiece of an animated film, and is so much fun to watch. I love this movie.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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