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Castle in the Sky (1986)

Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (original title)
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A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheeta (voice)
Pazu (voice)
Dola (voice)
Muska (voice)
Uncle Pom (voice)
General (voice)
Boss (voice)
Charles (voice)
Louis (voice)
Henri (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
Young Sheeta / Madge / Additional Voices (voice)
Henri (1989 Dub) / Old Engineer (1989 Dub) / Papa (2003 dub) / Additional Voices (voice)
Susan Hickman ...
Additional Voices (voice)


A young boy stumbles into a mysterious girl who floats down from the sky. The girl, Sheeta, was chased by pirates, army and government secret agents. In saving her life, they begin a high flying adventure that goes through all sorts of flying machines, eventually searching for Sheeta's identity in a floating castle of a lost civilization. Written by Tzung-I Lin <tzung@hugo.att.com>

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Release Date:

2 August 1986 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Castle in the Sky  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,315,182 (France) (17 January 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Laputa is based off of a levitating island in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. However the film had to have "Laputa" taken out of the titles in Spain and severl other Latin and South American countries because "la puta," in Spanish literally means "the whore." Miyazaki apologized for this, saying that Laputa was both meaningless in English and Japanese. See more »


When Muska is announcing his rise in rank and plan to the soldiers, he is shown from the side wearing his red uniform, but the next shot from just in front of him shows it changed to green before it's shown afterward, always red. See more »


[in the galley; Sheeta is cooking when Louis happens by, standing idly around her]
Louis: Ahem.
Sheeta: Uh, yes? What is it?
Louis: [speechless] Uhm...
Sheeta: Yes?
Louis: [blurts out] I-I-I finished my work for the moment, and I've come to offer you my help.
Sheeta: Well, that's kind of you. Will you hand me those plates over there?
Louis: With pleasure, my little ang...
[scowls when he notices one of his brothers peeling a potato]
Louis: What are YOU doing here?
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Crazy Credits

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24 July 2000 | by (New York, United States) – See all my reviews

Hayao Miyazaki has no equal when it comes to using hand-drawn animation as a form of storytelling, yet often he is being compared to Walt Disney. That is just so unfair, because it becomes apparent by watching Miyazaki's films that he is the superior artist. He really has a gift of thrilling both grownups and children, and Laputa is indeed one awesome ride.

But where can I begin to describe a movie so magical and breathtaking! Miyazaki's works have never cease to amaze me. Laputa is an adventure of a grand scale and I wonder how a film can be so packed with details and imagination. Ask yourself this question: if you are a kid dreaming of an adventure so grand in scope and so magical, what would it be like? The answer would be to strap yourself in some seat and watch Laputa, because it's truly a childhood fantasy come true. Every minute of the movie is rich and engrossing ... from the train chase to the amazing air-flying sequences... and to the wonderous sight of the floating castle itself. Not to mention the excellent score by Joe Hisaishi! Everything you ever possibly want from an adventure movie is here.

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