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HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE

Sunday, February 5
11:00

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Japan, 2004
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones
Starring Chieko Baisho, Takuya Kimura
Choice of English and Japanese version with English subtitles.
Approx. 119 min. DCP.


“Freely adapted from Diana Wynne Jones’ novel, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE is the story of Sophie, a hard-working, self-effacing teenager who takes refuge with the wizard Howl after being transformed into a crone by the Witch of the Waste. Meanwhile mobilization is underway for a total war in which magic is merely another WMD. The set-up offers plenty of dazzle, from the milieu – an exquisitely rendered high imperial/pastoral fantasia of nineteenth century Europe – to supernatural aspects such as the Witch’s glutinous goons (complete with boaters).” – Time Out. Rated PG for frightening images and brief mild language.

Reviews

“A floatingly delightful fairytale with its heart set on repealing the law of gravity.”
– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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