Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Miyazaki - Howl's Moving Castle

"A heart's a heavy burden."
- Sophie, Howl's Moving Castle

So I've started running through my film backlogs and chose to watch Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle earlier.

In a nutshell, the film is set in a world where magic and steam technology coexist side by side. Sophie, the movie's main protagonist, due to some strange circumstances, finds herself transformed by a curse cast by a certain Witch of the Wastes into a ninety year-old lady. Her journey to break the curse leads her the the titular character's castle - which was essentially a huge mobile steampunk contraption powered by a friendly fire demon called Calcifer and guarded by his apprentice (whose name I couldn't quite recall). On their journey, they get caught in between a conflict between two kingdoms where Howl, along with other wizards and witches, are called upon to serve their countries in the war.

I don't know why, but his style often makes me draw parallels to some video games I've played in the past - in this case it reminded me so much of the anachronistic world of Chrono Trigger (whose distinctive art was drawn by someone I'm quite fond of - Akira Toriyama of Dragon Quest and Dragon Ball fame).

The film's art style is reminiscent of those old NES era role-playing games. It's funny that I muttered Magitek during the first time the castle appeared, since it reminded me so much of the emperor's troops in Final Fantasy 6 - to the point of me expecting some sort of Kefka-esque character to show up.

Nonetheless, it was a very entertaining film. I'm looking forward to watching Miyazaki's other films in the coming days.


  1. ALL Miyazaki films are worth watching! By the 3rd film, you'll feel like you know the characters and where they're coming from. And by then, I think... that you'll just want to have a conversation with Miyazaki. HAHAHAHAAHA

    1. spirited away
    2. princess mononoke - don't not watch it just bec of the term princess, HAHAHA
    3. ponyo
    4. laputa
    5. porco rosso
    6. whisper of the h... I'm rambling, aren't I? HAHAHAHA

    1. Hahaha, I've actually had copies of Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke a long time ago - I got them after reading about them from Time magazine (of all places).

      But I never got around to watch them until they got lost. So there. Just catching up now.