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Howl's Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro)

Rating:PG (for frightening images and brief mild language)
Genre:Drama, Romance, SciFi/Fantasy
Release Date:June 10, 2005
Running time:119 minutes
Cast:Christian Bale, Jean Simmons, Lauren Bacall, Emily Mortimer, Billy Crystal
Director:Hayao Miyazaki
Producer:Toshio Suzuki
Writer:Hayao Miyazaki, Diana Wynne Jones
Distributor:Buena Vista

Description: 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.

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