Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle
  • 2005
  • Japan
  • 1h 59min
  • PG
  • 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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