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Howl's Moving Castle

Rated PG 119 minutes 2005

Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki follows up his international hit Spirited Away with this 2004 adaptation of a British novel by Diana Wynne Jones. I haven't read the book, but the movie's dreamlike spaces and characters are sometimes worthy of Lewis Carroll. One thing that makes this highly cinematic is the radical fluidity of both age and character: people and objects are constantly transforming, and wisdom doesn't so much succeed callowness as peacefully coexist with it. The heroine, a teenage hatmaker, runs afoul of a wicked witch and gets turned into a 90-year-old woman; she becomes housekeeper for a youthful magician named Howl, tending to the gigantic walking castle where he lives. Whenever she feels romantic stirrings for him, she becomes a teenager again. Voices are by Emily Mortimer, Jean Simmons, Billy Crystal, and Lauren Bacall, among others.

Film Credits

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki

Producer: Toshio Suzuki

Cast: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Akihiro Miwa, Tatsuya Gashuin, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mitsunori Isaki, Yô Ôizumi, Akio Ôtsuka, Daijiro Harada and Haruko Kato

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Sorry there are no showtimes for Howl's Moving Castle on Thursday, October 19.

The next date Howl's Moving Castle is playing is Sunday, November 26 .

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