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Howl's Moving Castle - March 10th 2009, 11:57 PM

I just saw this movie over the weekend and I thought it was AMAZING! I loved the story and the art and the characters. I just thought it was beautifully drawn and the story was perfect. I'm getting the book from the library soon.

Has anyone else seen the movie or read the book? What did you think of it? And did you watch it in Japanese or English? (If both, which was better?)


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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - March 15th 2009, 12:27 PM

I havent seen the movie, i didnt even know it had been made into one. I did enjoy the book though.


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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - March 16th 2009, 03:22 AM

I saw it, and I LOVED it. One of my favorite movies ever. I want to read the book, but I just keep forgetting.
   
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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - March 17th 2009, 06:18 AM

We own the movie.
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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - March 17th 2009, 06:11 PM

I finished the book last night. The book and the movie seemed like two completely different stories, but I loved them both.


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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - March 17th 2009, 08:48 PM

I saw the film a couple of years back, and remember wondering if it was wrong to fancy a cartoon character! Howl's gorgeous




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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - March 25th 2009, 09:40 PM

OMG! I thought my japanese class were the only people in the whole of the world who knew about this film! ahaha. how wrong was I :L
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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - March 26th 2009, 01:37 AM

Ah, yes. I enjoyed that movie. I own it actually- the English version. I agree, beautiful art, as usual with Miyazaki.
The only thing I disliked about the movie was the end when Sophie and Howl were suddenly in love. Perhaps the book conveys this more effectively, but in the movie I do not feel it communicates a connection or love well enough. There's not enough emotion throughout to balance the sudden outburst at the end. I think to make the movie better, in the end they should have only been good friends or maybe were falling in love, but not come right out and say "Oh, I'm in love!"
That one part just kind of ruined it for me. =/ But other than that! Good flick.

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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - March 26th 2009, 02:18 AM

YAY other people liked it too!!
I actually own the movie I like it so much .
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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - March 26th 2009, 03:28 PM

I quite liked it, although not as much as Spirited Away. Miyazaki is a really good film-maker. His son, unfortunately, isn't...
   
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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - March 26th 2009, 04:30 PM

I agree, fantastic film. I especially love how the castle was drawn - the way each section of it seems to move independently.
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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - March 26th 2009, 05:01 PM

I have really disliked anime for a long time, when i saw Howl's Moving Castle - it changed my opinion alot.

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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - March 26th 2009, 07:54 PM

I have both the Japanese and English version. I still can decide which I like better.
Also, to talk about Lilith's point, I must say that the end was my least favourite part. The book doesn't do too much better with the ending, but it is nearly a different story altogether, so it is drastically different in plot.


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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - March 27th 2009, 01:23 AM

I wouldn't say that the book and the movie were "nearly completely different stories." Certainly Miyazaki put his own interpretation and made it his own, but I found that reading the book actually gave the movie more depth. There were, of course, noticeable changes (like I said, Miyazaki fully took on the mantle of storyteller in putting his own spin on the movie), but there were also some things in the book that were not mentioned explicitly in the movie but could be there nonetheless. I own the DVD and have watched it with both English and Japanese voice tracks. I liked them both, but you have to admit that Studio Gibli does a great job with the English dub. The actors were able to give the roles their own interpretations rather than being restricted by the original voice actor.


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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - March 27th 2009, 09:51 AM

The book and the movie were related...but the movie wasn't you're typical novel adaptation, that's for sure.
I loved them both. Personally, I liked the book better, but I've been a hardcore Diana Wynne-Jones fan since I was a kid. If you liked Howl's Moving Castle, you should check out her other stuff. I particularly recommend Dogstar and Hedgewood. If you've got younger brothers/sister/nieces/nephews/babysit kids who read, the Chrestomanci books are also good.


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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - March 27th 2009, 06:13 PM

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I own the DVD and have watched it with both English and Japanese voice tracks. I liked them both, but you have to admit that Studio Gibli does a great job with the English dub. The actors were able to give the roles their own interpretations rather than being restricted by the original voice actor.
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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - March 27th 2009, 11:44 PM

I really found the book to be a different story than the movie. The movie had the same characters, but it added in another plot completely with the war going on and the evil wizard Suliman. Wizard Suliman was male and a good character in the book, and there wasn't a war, but there was a proposed war. And the whole bit with the Witch of the Waste was changed.
But I liked how they were different. They complemented one another nicely. I wouldn't make any changes to either of them.


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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - March 30th 2009, 09:44 AM

I saw the film years ago and I remember being annoyed with all the drama. It was certainly drawn beautifully, but I didn't like the atmosphere.
I did love the book though, it made me laugh. It's a very sweet story, full of wit and with an amazing bit of self-irony which I definitely enjoyed.
   
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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - April 3rd 2009, 12:09 AM

I ADORE Howl's moving castle!!! It's funny, this is the one case where I think the movie (in English) is better than the book.


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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - April 3rd 2009, 02:57 AM

I liked it, it's been awhile since I've watched it though. I should probably go rent it again.


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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - April 6th 2009, 02:48 AM

I absolutely love this movie! The animation is beautiful and you can really see the small details.


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Re: Howl's Moving Castle - April 6th 2009, 02:53 AM

I love this movie! I see it every chance I get!!






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