U certificateHowl's Moving Castle is a Film programme that first aired in 2004 and has been classified a U certificate.

Howl's Moving Castle is a 4 star programme

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Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

Directed by
Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-nominated follow-up to the acclaimed Spirited Away is a beguiling fantasy about love, transformation and self-acceptance. In a village in a war-torn land, a shy teenager called Sophie works in a hat shop and lives in the shadow of her glamorous sister Lettie, until she encounters the infamous wizard Howl. The meeting incites the jealousy of the Witch of the Waste, who transforms Sophie into a wizened old lady. Sophie's subsequent quest to lift the curse brings her firmly into Howl's world. Miyazaki paints her journey with characteristic vigour and ingenuity, gleefully exploiting a steampunk aesthetic which has its greatest iteration in the castle of the title: a bloated Gothic mansion that heaves itself along on four spindly legs to an accompaniment of groans and wheezes. Screening in the English language version, with a voice cast including Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Jean Simmons and Billy Crystal.

Written by ,

Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2004

4/5 Stars

Classification: U Certificate

Production Country: Japan

Filmed in Colour

When is Howl's Moving Castle next on TV?

It's next showing on Film4 April 11th, 12:40pm and on Film4 Plus 1 April 11th, 1:40pm. See more...


Chieko Baisho...Sofî
Takuya Kimura...Hauru
Akihiro Miwa...Arechi no Majo
Tatsuya Gashuin...Karushifâ
Ryunosuke Kamiki...Marukuru
Mitsunori Isaki...Koshô
Yo Oizumi...Kakashi no Kabu
Akio Ôtsuka...Kokuô
Daijiro Harada...Hin
Haruko Kato...Sariman
Jean Simmons...Grandma Sophie
Image for Christian BaleChristian Bale...Howl
Image for Lauren BacallLauren Bacall...Witch of the Waste
Image for Blythe DannerBlythe Danner...Madame Suliman
Image for Emily MortimerEmily Mortimer...Young Sophie