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FILM DETAILS
Certificate U
Cast
Emily Mortimer
Christian Bale
Lauren Bacall
Directors
Hayao Miyazaki
Screenwriters
Hayao Miyazaki
Running Time
119 minutes

Howl's Moving Castle
Miyazaki's charming follow-up to Spirited Away


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Plot
In a fairy-tale world between Harry Potter and Jules Verne, dowdy Sophie (Mortimer) leads a dull existence in her family hat-shop. Then she meets Howl (Bale), a wizard who looks like a pop star, and the Witch Of The Waste (Bacall), who turns her into a crone. And that’s only the start…


Verdict
Just as Miyazaki seemed on the verge of properly crossing over, he serves up an anime riddle wrapped in an enigma – though with all his usual charm, wit and hand-drawn beauty.


Reviewed by Andrew Osmond

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