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Directed By
Produced By
Written By
Diana Wynne Jones (source material)
Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)
Distributed By
Country
Japan
Language
Japanese
Release Date
September 5, 2004 (Venice Film Festival)
November 20, 2004 (general release)
Runtime
119 minutes
Budget
¥2.4 billion (USD$24 million)
Gross
¥23.2 billion (USD$235 million, worldwide)

Howl's Moving Castle (ハウルの動く城, Hauru no Ugoku Shiro?) is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli and based on Diana Wynne Jones' novel of the same name. Mamoru Hosoda, director of two seasons and one movie from the Digimon series, was originally selected to direct but abruptly left the project, leaving the then retired Miyazaki to take up the director's role.

The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2004 and was released in Japanese theaters on November 20, 2004. It went on to gross $235,000,000 worldwide, making it one of the most financially successful Japanese films in history. The film was subsequently dubbed into English by Pixar's Peter Docter and distributed in North America by Walt Disney Pictures. It received a limited release in the United States of America and Canada beginning June 10, 2005, was released nationwide in Australia on September 22 and in the United Kingdom the following September.

Cast Edit

Character Japanese English
Sophie (young) Chieko Baisho Emily Mortimer
Sophie (old) Jean Simmons
Howl (Hauru) Takuya Kimura Christian Bale
Witch of the Waste Akihiro Miwa Lauren Bacall
Calcifer Tatsuya Gashūin Billy Crystal
Markl Ryūnosuke Kamiki Josh Hutcherson
Madame Suliman Haruko Katō Blythe Danner
Lettie Yayoi Kazuki Jena Malone
Honey Mayuno Yasokawa Mari Devon
Prince Justin/Turnip Head Yō Ōizumi Crispin Freeman
Madge Rio Kanno Liliana Mumy
King of Ingary Akio Ōtsuka Mark Silverman
Heen Daijirō Harada

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