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Castle in the Sky (1986) at a glance

Castle in the Sky (1986) is a fantasy adventure film by Hayao Miyazaki, the second film based on his own manga of the same name. This film is the first film produced and released by Studio Ghibli and it has been ranked among the best animation films of all time.

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Castle in the Sky Trailer

Castle in the Sky (1986) Synopsis

Pazu, an engineer's apprentice, finds a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, and discovers they are both searching for a legendary floating castle, Laputa. Together, they embark on a daring quest and encounter greedy pirates, secret agents and astounding obstacles that keep them from the truth - and from each other.

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Castle in the Sky (1986) Review

Altogether, Castle in the Sky (1986) is a steampunk, sky fantasy film with rich mythology in it. It has excellent art, great music, beautiful hand-drawn animation with plenty of locations that standout such as the aetherium mine/cave, steam powered town, and certainly, all the locations in the floating island Laputa itself.

Laputan robot gives Sheeta a flower.
Laputan robot gives Sheeta a flower.

Indeed, this film scores high in the story and artistic department but there are not much creative outfits, mostly simple designs for most of the characters. There are also plenty of things that don't make sense. A child building and operating an airship? He must be a prodigy. Gun shots cutting off ponytails and did not leave the child deaf or affected in any way? She must be really strong. I guess these are acceptable for 1980s films but well, good, creative stuffs usually don't make sense!

Nonetheless, the film is sweet, interesting and comedic at times, keeps me glued to the screen. It is also super delightful to see those yellow fox-squirrel from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) again, they are so adorable!

In brief, you'll most likely enjoy this film if you like steampunk fantasy!

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Who will like this?

Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli fans! However, there are several violent scenes in this film which involves human lives, gunshots and property damages so parental advisory may be needed for minor audiences.

Other Movie Reviews (from the same studio)

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Only Yesterday (1991)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Pom Poko (1994)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
Spirited Away (2001)
The Cat Returns (2002)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Ponyo (2008)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
The Wind Rises (2013)
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)

When Marnie Was There (2014)

Details of the movie

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Producer: Isao Takahata
Story: Hayao Miyazaki
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki
Cinematography: Hirokata Takahashi
Music: Joe Hisaishi
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Starring: Keiko Yokozawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Kotoe Hatsui, Minori Terada
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toei Company, Disney
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Adventure Anime Family
Running time: 124 mins
Budget: Not sure
Box office: Not sure

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Castle in the Sky (1986) Poster


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