Howl's Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro) (PG)

Drama 119 min. June 10, 2005

Sophie, a diligent teenage girl working in her family's hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl sweeps her off her feet. This innocent encounter enrages the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste, who transforms Sophie into a 90-year-old woman. Sophie's efforts to break the curse bring her to Howl's magical moving castle, where she befriends Markl, Howl's apprentice, and the hot-headed fire demon Calcifer. Her love and support have a major impact on Howl, who can be maddeningly self-indulgent and singularly noble. He defies royal orders to participate in a meaningless war and risks his life to bring peace to the kingdom.

Hayao Miyazaki Christian Bale, Jean Simmons, Lauren Bacall, Emily Mortimer, Billy Crystal, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Crispin Freeman, Blythe Danner Hayao Miyazaki, Diana Wynne Jones Toshio Suzuki Buena Vista

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