I’ve just returned home from a lovely afternoon spent at a nearby shopping mall and watching HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE at the cinema. I went to be enchanted and I was not disappointed: it is a truly lovely, magical film, and while I didn’t really like young Sophie’s German voice, I instantly fell in love with Hauru. *big sigh* HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE is the story of Sophie, who seems destined for a boring life as a hatter, until the Witch of the Waste arrives on her doorstep and transforms her into an old woman. Sophie leaves home and ends up as a cleaner in Hauru’s moving castle, which from the inside resembles very much a pigsty before Sophie takes things in hand. And very quickly it becomes clear that the witch’s curse is in fact the best that could have happened to Sophie! For suddenly, her life is adventurous! She becomes friends with a scarecrow, a fire demon, becomes embroiled in politics, and all the while tries to find out the secret of Hauru’s as well as of her own curse.
For more info on Hayao Miyazaki, have a look at the fansite Nausicaa.net, where you can find info on all Studio Ghibli films, including my favourites, TONARI NO TOTORO and WHISPER OF THE HEART. Happy browsing!