Sophie (Emily Mortimer) has an uneventful life at her late father’s hat shop, but all that changes when she befriends wizard Howl (Christian Bale), who lives in a magical flying castle. However, the evil Witch of Waste (Lauren Bacall) takes issue with their budding relationship and casts a spell on young Sophie, which ages her prematurely. Now Howl must use all his magical talents to battle the jealous hag and return Sophie to her former youth and beauty.
Initial release: 20 November 2004 (Japan)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Adapted from: Howl’s Moving Castle
Did you know: “Howl’s Moving Castle” is the third-highest-grossing anime film of all time worldwide ($235,184,110).
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