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Howl's moving castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro) - Chieko Baisho, Takuya kimura, Akihiro Miwa, Hayao Miyazaki

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Movie propaganda

In the land of Ingary, such things as spells, invisible cloaks and seven-league boots were everyday things. The Witch of the Waste (Akihiro Miwa/Lauren Bacall) was another matter. After 50 years of quiet, it was rumoured that the Witch was about to terrorise the country again. So when a moving black castle, blowing dark smoke from its four thin turrets, appeared on the horizon, everyone thought it was the Witch. The castle, however, belonged to Wizard Howl (Takuya kimura/Christian Bale), who, it is said, liked to suck the souls of young girls.

The Hatter sisters - Sophie (Chieko Baisho/Emily Mortimer), Lettie (Jena Malone) and Martha - and all the other girls were warned not to venture into the streets alone. But that was only the beginning. In this giant jigsaw puzzle of a fantasy, people and things are never quite what they seem. Destinies are intertwined, identities exchanged, lovers confused. The Witch has placed a spell on Howl. Does the clue to breaking it lie in a famous poem? And what will happen to Sophie Hatter when she enters Howl's castle?

Diana Wynne Jones's entrancing fantasy is filled with surprises at every turn, but when the final stormy duel between the Witch and the wizard is finished, all the pieces fall magically into place.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film animation anime fantasy magic wizard witch walking house spell

Persons of interest

  • Chieko Baisho .... Sophie
  • Takuya Kimura .... Howl
  • Akihiro Miwa .... Witch of the Waste
  • Tatsuya Gashuin .... Calcifer
  • Ryunosuke Kamiki .... Markl
  • Mitsunori Isaki .... Koshou
  • Yo Oizumi .... Kakashi no Kabu
  • Akio Ôtsuka .... Kokuou
  • Daijiro Harada .... Heen
  • Haruko Kato .... Madam Suliman
  • Jane Alan .... Honey
  • Lauren Bacall .... Witch of the Waste
  • Christian Bale .... Howl
  • Billy Crystal .... Calcifer
  • Blythe Danner .... Madam Suliman
  • Crispin Freeman .... Prince Turnip
  • Josh Hutcherson .... Markl
  • Jena Malone .... Lettie
  • Emily Mortimer .... Young Sophie
  • Liliana Mumy .... Madge
  • Mark Silverman .... King
  • Jean Simmons .... Old Sophie
  • Diana Wynne Jones .... Author
  • Cindy Davis Hewitt .... Screenwriter
  • Donald H Hewitt .... Screenwriter
  • Hayao Miyazaki .... Screenwriter
  • Hayao Miyazaki .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Wow. Howl's moving castle is almost as good as Princess Mononoke (Mononoke hime) and Miyazaki's spirited away (Sen to chihiro no kamikakushi). It's an awesome animation that takes you places you haven't been before while remaining close to the things you thought that you knew... Hayao miyazaki just keeps on providing the goods.

Security censorship classification

PG (Scary scenes)

Surveillance time

119 minutes (1:59 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 22 September 2005
DVD rental: 15 March 2006 - Standard and special editions
DVD retail: 11 October 2006 - Standard and special editions

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