What the Herald said

Judith Ridge Judith.Ridge at det.nsw.edu.au
Sun Jun 26 23:53:09 EDT 2005

An extract from the Sydney Morning Herald's wrap up of the Sydney Film
Festival, which is where I saw Howl:

The festival closed with the animated Howl's Moving Castle from Japanese
director Hayao Miyazaki, who won an Oscar for Spirited Away. The vivid
fantasy, set during a war involving flying destroyers and strange spirit
creatures, has a storyline that is difficult to summarise and just as hard
to follow.

A teenage hat-maker, Sophie, is transformed into an old woman by a witch
then falls in love with a wizard who lives in a giant castle that walks on
chicken legs between locations. Shown at the festival with subtitles rather
than the dubbed American version, Howl's Moving Castle has an inventive

Sounds like they didn't really know what to make of it!


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