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“Howl’s Moving Castle,” one of Japan’s most successful films ever, opened Friday in New York and Los Angeles, giving American audiences their first big-screen view of the latest work from acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki.

“Howl no Ugoku Shiro” was released in Japan late last year, where it follows only Miyazaki’s 2001 Oscar-winning epic “Spirited Away” and “Titanic” in ticket sales. In addition, it has already earned more than $210 million at international box offices.

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