Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
In Howl's Moving Castle, Hayao Miyazaki explores the concept of the heart and its role in guiding us towards our true desires.
The film centres around the idea that without a heart, we become monsters, but that love can always bring us back.
This universal idea is beautifully brought to life through the heart-shaped moving castle, controlled by the fire demon Calcifer, and the various metaphors used throughout the story.
The film follows the journey of Sophie, a hat maker who is cursed with old age and transforms into a dream-chasing, courageous young woman.
Despite the castle's unconventional and dirty appearance, it is a clear representation of the heart, with its three chimneys pumping out steam like the aorta and entrance serving as the vena cava.
As Sophie begins to clean and change the castle, she also changes Howl, just as a new person in our lives can change us.
The relationship between Howl, Sophie, Markl, and Turnip Head is also a metaphor for the inner workings of a healthy heart.
Overall, Miyazaki beautifully weaves together universal ideas and metaphors to create a heartwarming and thought-provoking story.
Howl's Moving Castle is a must-see for anyone looking for a magical and deep exploration of the heart.