Japan/2004/119mins/U. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki. With: Emily Mortimer, Jean Simmons, Christian Bale.

Sophie works in a hat-shop, humbly believing herself to be plain, until her life is turned upside down when she is rescued from two boorish soldiers by Howl, a notorious wizard rumoured to eat the hearts of young maidens. The jealous and jowly Witch of the Waste casts a spell on her, turning her into a crone. Determined to reverse the curse, she embarks upon Howl’s clambering moving castle accompanied by an animated scarecrow.

BRITISH CONNECTION

This Japanese animation is based on ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ a fantasy novel by British author Diana Wynne Jones, first published in 1986 by Greenwillow Books of New York.

RELEASE

UK Date: 5th September 2004

Running time: 119 minutes

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