Howl's Moving Castle
- 119 min
- Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
- Cast: Chieko Baishō, Takuya Kimura, Akihiro Miwa
- Language: Japanese
Miyazaki, the director of 'Spirited Away' returns with a version of Diana Wynne Jones' children's book 'Howl's Moving Castle'. The result is a strange hybrid that starts out as a cheery kids adventure then changes direction halfway through to envisage the hell of a dystopian futureworld ruled by war. Despite Miyazaki's undoubted gifts for story, character and cute animation, the diverse cultural agendas jar badly. East meets West so awkwardly here.
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