Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki's latest film, Howl's Moving Castle, is to be released in 50 countries around the world, its distributor has said.
Howl's Magic Castle is based on a UK author's story
Howl's Moving Castle set a Japanese box office record last week, taking 1.5bn yen (£7.7m) in its first two days.
Miyazaki won an Oscar earlier this year for Spirited Away, Japan's first Academy Award for nearly 50 years.
Howl's Moving Castle is based on a children's fantasy novel by UK author Diana Wynne Jones.
It tells the story of an 18-year-old woman who ages dramatically after falling under a witch's spell.
She heads to a moving castle kept by Howl, a wizard, and searches for a way to become normal again.
A spokesman for distributor Toho said the film "has received strong interest from domestic audiences and foreign media and viewers alike".
"We have a good feeling about this film. We saw very good viewer response," he added.
The film's worldwide release will start in South Korea on 24 December, and France on 12 January.