Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

classified U


Please note: This was screened in Feb 2016

Hayao Miyazaki
Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin
120 mins, 2005, Japan

The power of love to transform and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity are at the forefront of this studio Ghibli classic.

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. But after this chance meeting, the young girl is turned into a 90-year old woman by the vain and conniving Wicked Witch of the Waste. Embarking on an incredible adventure to lift the curse, Sophie finds refuge in Howl’s magical moving castle and 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.

Full of inventive imagery, extraordinary characters and stunning hand drawn artistry from master Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, this truly spectacular adventure is an animation masterpiece.

  • Make a day of it! Enjoy Japanese specials and Children's menu in our Café/Bar, as well as free origami. Tweet us a photo (@wshed) of your paper creation by 18:00 on Sun 14 Feb and you could win some Studio Ghibli DVDs! We’ll announce the winner on Mon 15 Feb.
  • Love Japanese film? Check out the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 screening throughout February and including the wonderful animation Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai on Sat 13 Feb at 15:10.
  • The screening of Howl's Moving Castle on Tue 9 Feb is part of our Cinébites deal: Get 30% off any main dish in the Café/Bar with a valid cinema ticket.

Please note: the weekend screenings are subtitled and the weekday screenings are dubbed.

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