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Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle

Year

2004

Duration

119 minutes

Genres

Action and Adventure, Animation, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Language

Japanese (English subtitles)

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In this Japanese animated epic, Howl is the crotchety wizard who lives in a castle that not only stands on chicken legs - it can also grow and shrink in size. When Howl sees young hat-maker Sophie being persecuted by soldiers, he intervenes and saves her - but this makes the Witch of the Waste jealous, so she turns Sophie into an old crone. We follow Sophie's story as she struggles to make her way to the castle to get her curse reversed - while at the same time, the country begins preparing for a war. A fantastic and imaginative treat from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki.

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