Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Writer: Hayao Miyazaki,Diana Wynne Jones
  • Countries of origin: Japan
  • Language: Japanese
  • Release date: June 17, 2005
  • Runtime: 1h 59min
  • Sound mix: Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, SDDS
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85 : 1
  • Also known as: Lâu Đài Di Động Của Howl
  • "Harold "Hal" Jordan's Moving Castle" is a work released by Miyazaki Hayao in the winter of 2004 following the animated film " Spirited Away ". The film was released in Japan on November 20, 2004   .
    The film is adapted from "The Magician Harwell and the Demon of Fire" by British children's novelist Diana Wynne Jones . The film is set on the eve of the war and describes three sisters living in a small town. The eldest sister Sophie is an expert in making hats, but she offends the witch because of this, and she turns from an 18-year-old beautiful girl into a 90-year-old woman. She ran out of the house in horror, but entered a moving castle again. She and Harold "Hal" Jordan , who can’t fall in love with people but understand magic, compose a battlefield love tune, and think together with other people in the castle. Ways to unlock the curse on the body. The castle part has the special style of a steel factory at the end of the 19th century.


    • Release date June 17, 2005
    • Production companies Buena Vista Home Entertainment, DENTSU Music And Entertainment, Mitsubishi

    Box office


    $24,000,000 (estimated)

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    Movie reviews

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    • By Sister 2022-08-03 19:14:19

      Howl's Moving Castle: Love + Courage = Magic

      I have watched this movie more than once, and every time I watch it, I have a new understanding, a new feeling, a desire to watch it again, and a deep sigh.

      Sophie is very ordinary but also very special. Unlike other girls, Sophie has shown maturity beyond her peers from the beginning of the film. When the other girls were pregnant, she just quietly worked in front of the window, listening to the rumbling sound of the train coming toward her. Passing by the window, thick dark brown...

    • By Vaughn 2022-04-23 07:01:19

      The warmth of that flame

      Yesterday I revisited "Hall's Moving Castle" (hereinafter referred to as "The Castle"), and I still felt very warm, and it was not the same as the first time.

        Coincidentally, I turned on the TV yesterday, and the homepage of the digital TV happened to be playing this film, and it was not long after it started. I didn't know what the content of the screen was, and I intuitively told me whose work it was. And the eDonkey just downloaded the day before yesterday, because LD has not...

    • By Luciano 2022-04-23 07:01:19

      In love with Sophie and Howl

      Love makes people vulnerable. I recently fell in love with Sophie and Howl's love. When I think of it, I will feel dizzy.


           I watched Howl's Moving Castle in tears the day before yesterday. I opened the picture of the stills today, and tears welled up in my eyes. Maybe such

      a perfect love is too innocent to be played by people. It was Diana Jones and Mr. Miyazaki who showed me such a moving

      love, salute to both, salute to Sophie and Hal....

    • By Breanna 2022-04-23 07:01:19

      gentle howl

      Hayao Miyazaki's animated films are really good-looking and have a good style, and the content is also positive for me to reflect. Hayao Miyazaki is against war. Howl's Moving Castle is my favorite. It feels like a first love. Howl is really handsome Now, gentle and considerate, I have watched it many times, and I often click it to see it. It is really great. Even if I become an old woman, as long as I can be by Hal's side, I also want to become Sophie. Calcifer is also super cute, Hal said...

    • By Peggie 2022-04-23 07:01:19

      My prince, is your hair color okay today?

      I watched "Howl's Moving Castle" in elementary school, and the complete works of Hayao Miyazaki were being shown on TV at that time, so I also knew that this movie belonged to Grandpa Gong.

      I love Hayao Miyazaki movies, I love them till I get old, and I love them till I die.

      If I am overwhelmed with negative energy, I will choose to watch his movies to find courage.

      You may laugh at me, how can a person's courage be found in cartoons? I really find courage in...

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    • By Jaime 2022-04-24 07:01:02

      The world is so big and life is so long, there will always be such a person who makes you want to be treated...

    • By Michele 2022-04-24 07:01:02

      The world is so big and life is so long, there will always be someone you want to be gentle...

    • By Alexander 2022-04-24 07:01:02

      Touching ending. The beauty of the heroine is very important! If you miss this, you will miss out on a huge...

    • By Vilma 2022-04-24 07:01:02

      Everyone talks about war with love, and Hayao Miyazaki must talk about love with war. Maybe it's the most colorful one in Gong Lao's movies, and it's magical and dazzling. Every character in it is good and bad, I like this...

    • By Connor 2022-04-24 07:01:02

      B. 30% of the time is spent sighing about the power of Ghibli to create dreams, and the remaining 70% is spent wondering "what is this doing". The settings are too complicated and overcrowded, causing the logic to collapse across the board: anti-war, responsibility, the "curse" of outer beauty and inner beauty, all seem to be involved, but in fact they are not related to each other. In the end, in the form of mud and mud, the hard points and the unfilled pits ended hastily, which really failed...

    Movie plot

    18-year-old Sophie lives with her stepmother and younger sister in a small town in Europe. Since the death of her father, her stepmother Fannie has arranged for her daughters to work in a hat shop originally run by her father. Not interested, so she quickly left the hat shop; Sophie insisted on staying because it was his father's favorite.
    Once, Sophie was stopped by two soldiers on the way to visit her sister. At this time, a...
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    Behind the scenes gags

    ① When Hayao Miyazaki was planning to make this film in 2003, he originally only planned to participate in the production work, but then changed his mind. Miyazaki said: "In order to express the essence of the original work, I had to do it myself." As a result, he withdrew the previously announced retirement plan and continued to launch new works.
    ②The producer of "Howl's Moving City" was also performed by Toshio Suzuki, the producer of...
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    Pursuit of

    Hayao Miyazaki promotes "truth, goodness and beauty" in his works. In his animation, the world is very simple. For the characters in the animation, the "most important" is by no means money or reputation, but a loved one. In "Howl's Moving Castle", Sophie fell in love with Howl and was turned into a 90-year-old lady by magic. She also took the opportunity to enter Hal's heart and found that he was a lonely child. In the second half of...
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    Love and anti-war

    "Howl's Moving Castle" continues Hayao Miyazaki's previous style, raising the animation to a humanistic level. The film embodies human dreams and nostalgia in a childlike form. In Miyazaki’s movie world, despite the different time and space backgrounds, the brave girl, the vast sky, and the finishing touch supporting roles are the same to interpret “people should live in peace and love” and “anti-war”. The theme of the story, it is...
    more about Howl's Moving Castle Love and anti-war

    The characters appear less vivid

    "Howl's Moving Castle" gets rid of the helplessness and compromise of reality in "Spirited Away" and "Princess Mononoke". Under the theme of "anti-war", it interprets "Humanity should live in peace and love." "Hope, through the film to convey Hayao Miyazaki's ideas. However, when Miyazaki was creating this film, he was a bit too advanced in the theme. In order to obtain magical power, the magician would have to give up his own human...
    more about Howl's Moving Castle The characters appear less vivid

    Movie quotes

    • [to Howl]

      Calcifer: You shouldn't keep flying around like that. Soon you won't be able to turn back into a human.

    • Howl: I'm tired, make some hot water for my bath.

      Calcifer: Not again!

    • Howl: This war is terrible, they bomb from the southern coast to the northern border. It's all in flames now.

      Calcifer: I can't stand the fire and gunpowder. Those dopey guys have absolutely no manners.

      Howl: My own kind attacked me today.

      Calcifer: Who? The Witch of the Wastes?

      Howl: No, some hack wizards who turned themselves into monsters for the king.

      Calcifer: Those wizards are going to regret doing that. They'll never change back into humans.

      Howl: After the war, they won't recall they ever were human.