Part of our special programming series, "Studio Ghilbli: Dispatches from the Dream Factory"!
Magic, romance, fire demons, enchanted rings and... asthmatic dogs. Director Hayao Miyazaki's HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE is a truly special film.
In a land on the brink of war, Sophie, a young hat maker is transformed into a ninety-year-old woman by a vengeful witch. Her only chance at regaining her youth is with the help of a fire demon who wants to escape the wizard he is bound to. So begins Sophie’s journey through the warring nations, where she crosses paths with kings, sorcerers, a living scarecrow, and, of course, a moving castle.
Beautifully delving into the themes that maestro Miyazaki has continually returned to (the futility of war and man’s relationship with nature), it also has one of the most moving romantic stories of perhaps any Studio Ghibli film.