A young girl toils away in her parents hat shop, finding joy in the random encounters she has with the mysterious wizard, Howl. When a spiteful witch curses her with an old body, ashamed and afraid, she flees to Howl’s Magic Moving Castle.
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I had this on in the background and realised Calcifer is voice-acted by Tatsuya Gashuin, who was the grandfather in Taste of Tea and the eccentric homosexual in Shark Skin Man. His Calcifer voice is the exact same voice he used for his character in Shark Skin Man.
Miyazaki's grand vision to put the countless millions into machines of wonder instead of war the perfect companion piece to my favorite Miyazaki film at the moment "The Wind Rises". A testament to a shift in consciousness in the man power behind mankind.
Sin una trama muy compleja, aborda aspectos importantes de las relaciones conflictivas y guerras entre naciones, con una construcción de metaforas, al mejor estilo de Hayao Miyazaki, refiriendose al mundo actual que nos rodea. Magia, belleza e impresionantes animaciones edifican un universo creado perfectamente, sin embargo con una atmósfera un tanto infantil para mi gusto crítico.
Such a visually and emotionally ravishing film. Miyazaki proves again he's more than just an "Asian Disney," with another magical tale that oozes with melancholy and delight. Just damn, this one left me completely speechless though. I love you, Miyazaki.
My first Miyazaki film, and I'm glad to say it lives up what I've long been hearing about his work. It has its flaws - including an incredibly disappointing, overly-convenient ending, but they can't detract too much from a film so full of imagination and inventiveness. Looking forward to seeing more Miyazaki, especially since I hear this isn't even one of his best.
If you wanna escape in a film for 2 hours, this is the one to choose. Beautiful fields, evil witches and a MOVING CASTLE!!!
I was swept off my feet into this magical world and enjoyed every minute of it.
The amazing visuals more than make up for the fact that the plot kind of runs out of energy.
Funny how different Miyazaki films feel more Japanese than others. The settings, characters, etc... in Howl were much more European-influenced, as opposed to, say, Spirited Away, which I feel focused a lot more on Japanese/Shinto culture.