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Howl's Moving Castle

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Original title
Hauru no Ugoku Shiro
Running time
119 min.
Japan Japan
Hayao Miyazaki (Novel: Diana Wynne Jones)
Joe Hisaishi
Producer: Hayao Miyazaki. Studio Ghibli
Animation. Fantasy. Adventure. Romance | Magic. Steampunk
Movie Groups
Studio Ghibli (+ Related Films)
Synopsis / Plot
Young Sophie is eighteen, and works tirelessly every day making hats in her deased father’s hat shop. One day, on a rare outing to town, Sophie accidentally encounters the Wizard Howl. Howl is dashingly handsome, yet as wizards go, he’s a bit of a wimp. The Witch of the Waste misinterprets the nature of the relationship between the two and casts a spell on Sophie, transforming her into a withered ninety-year-old woman. Sophie leaves home and wanders in the wasteland, where she enters Howl’s moving castle by chance. Hiding her true identity, she settles in as Howl’s live-in cleaning lady. Feisty old Sophie shakes the house up, with much more pep than she had as her original younger self. What will Sophie do, and what will happen between her and Howl?
2005: Nominated for Oscar: Best Animated Movie
2005: Film Critics Circle of New York: Best Animated Film
2005: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Music Score
2005: Nomination for Golden Lion in el Venice Film Festival
2005: Annie Awards: Nominated for Best Film, Directing & Screenplay
2005: Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Animated Feature
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