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Howl's Moving Castle 20th Anniversary - Studio Ghibli Fest 2024

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Synopsis

Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a curse on Sophie and turns her into a 90-year-old woman. On a quest to break the spell, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent moving castle and into a new life of wonder and adventure. But as the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, Sophie finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world.

Cast

  • Chieko Baishô
  • Takuya Kimura
  • Akihiro Miwa
  • Tatsuya Gashûin
  • Ryunosuke Kamiki
  • Mitsunori Isaki
  • Yô Ôizumi
  • Akio Ôtsuka
  • Daijirô Harada
  • Haruko Katô

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Metacritic

100

Though it's difficult to work out what's going on, it's never boring.

Metacritic review by Richard James Havis
Richard James Havis
The Hollywood Reporter
90

The perfect e-ticket for a flight of fancy into a world far more gorgeous than our own. The film doesn't halve itself to appeal to two generations. At its best, it turns all moviegoers into innocent kids, slack-jawed with wonder.

Richard Corliss
Time
80

The tireless volley of ideas and inventions make this a delight that should connect with kids and adults in both dubbed and original-language versions.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
Variety