First trailer for Miyazaki’s new film is up.

If you head on over to the trailers section of Apple’s quicktime section you can catch a glimpse of Hayao Miyazaki’s new film Howl’s Moving Castle.

It looks a bit different than what I thought it would be. I read the book a few times as a child, so my interest is suitably piqued.

What about you?

11 thoughts on “First trailer for Miyazaki’s new film is up.

  1. I’ve seen this movie (though with some really crappy English subtitles which confused the story somewhat, the DVD was Korean) and can say that I found it simply breathtaking. The animation is brilliant, as with all Ghibli productions, and the story is fantastic. Spirited Away may still be my favourite animated film, but this is very close.

    Oh, it’s also pretty scary in bits, if you’re a wimp like me.

  2. Miyazaki is a freakin’ genius.  I don’t ever recall seeing a movie of his that I didn’t like and I’ve seen most of them.  If you’ve enjoyed any of his other films, then I highly recommend checking out “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds” (well, that’s the US title, at least).  It was finally released on DVD a couple of months ago (with some very fine voice acting on the english track, I might add), so it’s definitely worth a trip to the video store to rent.

    As for “Howl’s Moving Castle”, it definitely looks vintage Miyazaki.  Which, of course, is a very good thing.  Looks like it’s releasing next month so hopefully one of the theaters around here will have it.

  3. I don’t know, I find Miyazaki kind of hit and miss.  While the animation and character design are always mindblowing and beautiful, the stories don’t always grab me—they seem too episodic.  I loved Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro, but felt a little bored with Spirited Away and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

    I’m more impressed with Satoshi Kon’s work, although I’ve only seen two of his films (Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers), and eagerly await his next one.

    And one of the worst movies to come out of Japan has got to be Steamboy.  What a disappointment!

    —Joe

  4. I’m not familiar with Satoshi Kon’s work, so I’ll have to try and check that out.

    I rather agree with you on “Steamboy”, too.  I had high expectations for it after reading quite a number of very positive reviews.  After watching it, though, I was disappointed.  I can’t fault the visuals in it since they were fantastic and worthy from the most expensive animated film out of Japan ever, but the story (or should I say “plot”?) was pretty poor to say the least.

  5. Big Miyazaki fan here. Props to Disney for releasing English dubs, although for my money his films outperform most of Walt’s catalog. My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service are fine films and my favorite, Princess Mononoke is powerful and ambiguous—no absolute good and no absolute evil. And there should be a big nod to Joe Hisashi’s music, too. Reading Howl’s Moving Castle to my 12 year olds, then we’ll see you at the movies next month.

  6. I love Miyazaki’s films, and am going to get all of them eventually. I own Spirited Away and Nausicaa, and need to get Mononoke, and Kiki. Spirited Away was my favorite, so far.

  7. I like how Miyazaki always has strong girl characters instead of sparkling pretty princesses.  Such a better model for young girls.
    I really enjoyed the book so I can’t wait to see the movie!

  8. Hi gang, I’m happy to say that Howl’s Moving Castle is a wonderful film.  I don’t think Miyazaki will ever top Princess Mononoke, but Howl’s comes mighty close.  I found some of the plot points a bit confusing, but after a while I just let the movie take me where it take me.  Good voice work, though I wish they’d show Miyazaki’s films here with subtitles instead of dubbing.  Even Hisaishi’s score was good (I wasn’t too fond of Spirited Away as a film, but Hisaishi’s score for that just made me cringe).

    In similar news, I just picked up the Tokyo Pig collection today, and am finally going to buckle down and get Revolutionary Girl Utena (some elements of Howl’s reminded me of it).  Now if only they’d sell Fooly Cooly as a single box set …

    —Joe grin

  9. I dunno, i wasn’t too impressed, but yes, Mononoke-hime is his best film by far.

    In my opinion (and I have a high opinion of my opinion), Utena isn’t all that. A friend of mine tried to get me to watch it once, I was unimpressed.

    Don’t let that stop you though, there are plenty of fans despite me. wink

  10. With Howl, reading the novel was a BIG help. I think Diana Wynne Jones can hold her own against J.K. Rowling in plot development and characterization. A neat aside… on Nausicaa.net they posted a Miyazaki interview that said he had no small amount of rage against the war in Iraq while making this film. Taking this into context, the strong anti-war conclusion is nothing short of sublime. Here, though, I think we have a case of a very good movie recommending a great book.

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