Posters - Howl's Moving Castle (Japan)
Here is one of three film posters for Howl's Moving Castle in Japan. It's the only one with a full view of the castle itself, which is one of the most intriguing "characters" in the movie. Even if you were left completely lost and bewildered, you loved this castle. It just oozes personality; slightly meanacing, slightly surreal, slightly goofy.
This is really the perfect metaphor for the film itself. It's a crazed mashup of various parts and elements that have no business sticking together. And, yet, somehow the whole thing works. Howl's Moving Castle is a beautiful, surreal, sprawling mess, easily the most grand and self-indulgent of Hayao Miyazaki's films. This poster, and this castle, communicate that perfectly.
Oh, and do I have to point out how nice it is to see a movie poster that isn't littered with fawning reviews? I really love the idea of the poster as a self-contained work of art. It's one of the great joys of the movies.