Foreign Film Friday- Howl’s Moving Castle

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Howl’s Moving Castle

I love everything I have seen by Hayao Miyazaki he is an amazing direction, animator, and writer. Howl’s Movie Castle is an adaptation of the book by Dianna Wynne Jones, which is a wonderful book and is the first in the series. If you haven’t read them you should, they are lovely rich stories.

The movie is different from the book, but no less amazing. Think of it as fan fiction and you’ll be fine 🙂 The artistry of the anime makes this movie with watching, the story will make you fall in love. I watch this movie, along with the other Miyazaki’s I own, several times a year. The voice talents of Christian Bale, Minnie Driver, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, and Billy Crystal bring extra enjoyment to this movie.
A great movie for the whole family!

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9 responses »

  1. Since I loved My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, I expect I’ll like this one, too 🙂 I confess Princess Monoke was a little confusing, but it looked good anyway. You might like The Book of Kells. The story is Irish, not Japanese, but the animation style is heavily influenced by anime. I saw it in the theater. The print was grainy, streaked and obviously well past the time it should have been replaced, and it still charmed me. Give it a try.

    • I love The Book of Kells- it’s one I want to own for sure! Beautiful animation and a great story.
      Have you read Howl’s Moving Castle? There are three, and they are very different from the movie- of course. The second one the MC is middle eastern and the overly polite ass kissing language just tickled me. I adored them.

  2. A guy I used to work with told me about this movie several years ago, and I’ve always wanted to see it. My daughter’s favorite at the time was My Neighbor Totoro. She likes this one a lot too. That was probably five years ago, and I still haven’t seen it. Thanks for the reminder! Now if I could just find some extra hours in the day LOL.

    • I can’t find the extra hours for you- sorry. I actually watch a lot of movies in Dec, I watch them while I wrap gifts, and pack boxes to mail, and cut and wrap caramels. I hope you can find some time- this movie is worth it.

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