Hauru no ugoku shiro [videorecording] = Howl's moving castle / Walt Disney Home Entertainment presents a Studio Ghibli film ; Dentsu Music and Entertainment, Inc. ; Mitsubishi Corporation ; NTV ; Tohokushinska Film Corp. ; Tokuma Shoten ; produced by Rick Dempsey, Ned Lott, Toshio Suzuki ; screenplay, Hayao Miyazaki ; directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Video/Projected medium
  • Japanese
  • English
  • French
Burbank, CA : Walt Disney Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2006]
2 videodiscs (ca. 119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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A young woman named Sophie is cursed by the Witch of the Waste and is turned into an old woman who is unable to tell anyone of her plight. Unable to continue her job at her mother's hat shop, she goes to the ambulatory castle of the notorious wizard Howl and insinuates herself into his household. Sophie befriends Calcifer, the fire demon who powers the castle and who is bound to Howl by a contract, the terms of which Calcifer cannot reveal. They promise to help each other with their problems. Like Calcifer, Howl can also see through the Witch's spell, and he and Sophie fall in love. Sophie helps Howl confront his former teacher, and the Witch of the Waste.
  • Based on the novel "Howl's moving castle" by Diana Wynne Jones.
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 2005.
  • Special features: behind the microphone, interview director Pete Docter, studio visits, TV spots, trailers and storyboard.
Creation/​Production credits
Director of photography, Atsuchi Okui ; art directors, Yôji Takeshige, Noboru Yoshida ; editor, Takeshi Seyama ; music, Joe Hisaishi ; key animators, Makiko Futaki ... [et al.].
Target audience
MPAA rating: PG; for frightening images and brief mild language.
System details
DVD; widescreen version; region 1; Dolby Digital.
Voices: Christian Bale, Jean Simmons, Lauren Bacall, Billy Crystal, Emily Mortimer, Blythe Danner.
Language note
Japanese, English or French dialogue.
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Howl's moving castle
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  • 786936296662
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