Howl's Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro)

PG | 1 hr. 59 min.
Opened Friday, June 10th
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Synopsis

Sophie, a diligent teenage girl working in her family's hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl sweeps her off her feet. This innocent encounter enrages the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste, who transforms Sophie into a 90-year-old woman. Sophie's efforts to break the curse bring her to Howl's magical moving castle, where she befriends Markl, Howl's apprentice, and the hot-headed fire demon Calcifer. Her love and support have a major impact on Howl, who can be maddeningly self-indulgent and singularly noble. He defies royal orders to participate in a meaningless war and risks his life to bring peace to the kingdom.

Director

Hayao Miyazaki

Cast

Christian Bale, Jean Simmons, Lauren Bacall, Emily Mortimer, Billy Crystal

Advisory

Rated PG for frightening images and brief mild language