Also known as Laputa: Castle in the Sky, the first film released under the Studio Ghibli banner remains one of Miyazaki’s most beautiful and exciting works. Sheeta, a young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant, falls out of the sky and into the arms and life of Pazu, a young mining engineer. Together they search for legendary Laputa, a floating island in the sky — and site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets. Castle in the Sky is an early masterpiece of storytelling and filmmaking whose imaginative and ornately-detailed vision presaged later Miyazaki achievements such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. “As exhilarating an eco fantasy as you’re likely to see ... Miyazaki’s first Studio Ghibli feature is a rollicking adventure in a world (or worlds) resolutely its own” (Time Out). “Castle in the Sky may be Miyazaki’s most purely enjoyable movie” (Film Comment). Colour, 35mm, in Japanese with English subtitles. 124 mins.
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"Miyazaki's world, so full of color and life, is always just across the borderline of imagination, its acute details softened by clouds and shadows, its principles revealed by actions more than words... Castle in the Sky has resonance and complexity."Washington Post | full review
"Drawn in a dazzling range of jeweled but subtle colors, the film is always a joy to watch."New York Times | full review