Sophie, an average teenage girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. After this chance meeting she is turned into a 90-year old woman by the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste. Embarking on an incredible adventure to lift the curse, she finds refuge in Howl's magical moving castle where she becomes acquainted with Markl, Howl's apprentice, and a hot-headed fire demon named Calcifer.
As the true power of Howl's wizardry is revealed, and his relationship with Sophie deepens, our young grey heroine finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world.
'Miyazaki's vision is an extraordinary one, and Howl's Moving Castle confirms his fascination for transformations, for dangerous journeys and strange adventures.' - David Stratton, At the Movies
'The story is almost the least of it, more important is what is beyond the story: genuine emotion, beauty, a meditation on age and love.' - Dorothy Woodend, The Tyee
'The story grows more complicated (sometimes too much so) but the heart, humor and luscious, mostly hand-drawn animation remain constant.' - Leah Rozen, People Magazine
'Miyazaki has an appeal that crosses generations. Adult audiences are drawn to the depth and variety of his vision, but so are kids, and for exactly the same reasons.' - Philippa Hawker, Sydney Morning Herald
'Miyazaki's animated adaptation of Jones' book is a charming and thoroughly absorbing treat.' - Tasha Robinson, AV Club
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Classification: PG (Scary Scenes)
Number of Discs: 2
Region: 4 (Australia & New Zealand)
Published: 11th October 2006
Running Time: 115.0 mins