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The Howl's Moving Castle is a Japanese animated fantasy movie that came out in 2004. It was directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. He got the film idea from the book with the same name, and this book was written by Diana Wynne Jones. Miyazaki allows Sophie to shine as the novel's young woman and mother figure. At the beginning of the film Sophie is a eighteen year-old hat maker, but the curse changes her into a ninety year-old woman. At first Sophie is terrified of the changes; however, she is no longer an anxious or fearful person by the end of the film.

The main character of the film is Sophie Hatter, and she sees a wizard of her way to visit her sister. The wizard's name is Howl. It's the witch of the west who curses Sophie at her place of employment. She goes in search of a cure for the curse when she goes all around the Wastes. She ends up encountering a living scarecrow who takes her to Howl's castle. At the castle, the audience is introduced to the fire demon named Calcifer. He supplies the energy to the castle.

They agree to help each other because he asks for Sophie's help with breaking his spell as Calcifer is not allowed to leave the castle. Sophie ends up becoming the new cleaning lady. He did not like how dirty the castle became, so Sophie became the cleaning lady. Sophie manages to get self involved in war when he other realm's price goes missing. The King sends his men to fight the war on his behalf, but Howl comes up with an idea. He sends Sophie to the King to act as though she is one of his allies.

She ends up running into the Witch, who turns her into a old woman. You will have to watch the film to find out if the changes are blessed for this action packed movie. Howl will be in a similar situation as her if he does not assist the war. When she resists the witch, her spells begins to weaken. This is the start of what is to come! The film was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures in the United States and Canada. The Japanese film did well because it grossed over $231 million throughout the globe. The film did well because it was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006.

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Stars
Chieko Baish, Takuya Kimura, Akihiro Miwa
Director
Hayao Miyazaki
Language
English
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