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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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Hayao Miyazaki

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Hayao Miyazaki
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mayumi Tanaka ... Pazu (voice)
Keiko Yokozawa Keiko Yokozawa ... Sheeta (voice)
Kotoe Hatsui Kotoe Hatsui ... Dola (voice)
Minori Terada Minori Terada ... Muska (voice)
Fujio Tokita Fujio Tokita ... Uncle Pom (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ... Shogun Mouro (voice)
Hiroshi Ito Hiroshi Ito ... Oyakata (voice)
Machiko Washio Machiko Washio ... Okami (voice)
Takuzô Kamiyama Takuzô Kamiyama ... Shalulu (voice)
Yoshito Yasuhara Yoshito Yasuhara ... Lui (voice)
Sukekiyo Kameyama Sukekiyo Kameyama ... Anli (voice)
Ryûji Saikachi Ryûji Saikachi ... Old Engineer (voice)
Tarako Tarako ... Madge (voice)
Eken Mine Eken Mine ... Underling (voice)
Reiko Suzuki Reiko Suzuki ... Additional Voices (voice)
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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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Trivia

Gondoa, the land Sheeta is from, is probably inspired in Svaneti's historic province of Georgia (aka Gruzhia, the country in between Russia and Turkey), in the northwestern part of the country. The landscape with mountains, farms, and - most importantly - the typical towers. See more »

Goofs

The colour of the hand-cannon shells that Dola gives Pazu alternates. The case of the shells is red, and the cap is gold, but later on the case becomes gold, and the cap red. See more »

Quotes

Col. Muska: How appropriate that we've ended up in the throne room.
[forcefully]
Col. Muska: Now get over here!
Sheeta: This is no longer a throne room. This is a tomb for the both of us. You see, a king without compassion does not deserve a kingdom. You will *never* possess the crystal! You and I will die here, together. Now I understand why the people of Laputa vanished. This is a song from my home in the valley of Gondoa that explains everything. It says, "Take root in the ground, live in harmony with the wind, plant your ...
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Crazy Credits

The end credits show the remains of the castle Laputa floating on Earth's orbit. See more »

Alternate Versions

An earlier dub was commissioned by Tokuma (and quickly produced by an unknown studio in 1989) and was given a brief US theatrical run by Streamline Pictures. This earlier version was only voice-dubbed leaving all of the music and sound-effects in their original state. However, it also omitted the reference to "Gulliver's Travels". Reportedly, Carl Macek was disappointed with how this early dub turned out. The only official release this older dub has seen was on the Japanese Region 2 DVD (because at the time, Disney's dub was not yet ready to be released on DVD). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Steel Empire (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Kimi wo Nosete
(Carrying You)
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Lyrics by Hayao Miyazaki
Music by Joe Hisaishi
Performed by Azumi Inoue (Tokuma Japan)
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A great animated family adventure
2 December 2004 | by lilliquistSee all my reviews

This is one of the best animated family films of all time. Moreover, virtually all of the serious rivals for this title came from the same creative mind of Hiyao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli. Specifically, other great films include "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Kikki's Delivery Service." Spirited Away is quite good, but a bit too creepy for typical family fare - better for teenagers and adult. The one thing that sets "Laputa: Castle in the Sky" apart from other films by Miyazaki is that it is far more of a tension-filled adventure ride.

Why is this film so good? Because it's a complete package: the animation is very well done, and the story is truly engaging and compelling.

Most Japanese anime is imaginative, but decidedly dark or cynical or violent; and the animation itself is often jerky, stylized, and juvenile. None of these problems plague Castle in the Sky. It has imagination to burn, and the characters are well drawn, if slightly exaggerated versions of realistic people. (None of those trench-coat wearing posers) There is plenty of adventure, but not blood and gore. The animation is smooth, detailed, and cinematic ally composed - not a lot of flat shots. The backgrounds are wonderful.

The voice acting in the dubbed English version is first rate, particularly the two leads, Pazo (James Van der Beek) and Sheeta (Anna Paquin). The sound engineering is great, too. Use your studio sound, if you've got it.

One aspect that I particularly enjoyed is that much of the back story is left unexplained. Laputa was once inhabited, and is now abandoned. Why? We never know. We know as much as we need to know, and then we just have to accept the rest, which is easy to do because the invented world is so fully realized. Indeed, it is fair to say that the world is more fully realized than most of the minor characters, who are for the most part one-dimensional stock characters (e.g., gruff general, silly sidekick, kooky old miner, etc.) Highly recommended for people aged 6 to 60!


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Language:

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Release Date:

2 August 1986 (Japan) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$197,172, 18 November 2018

Gross USA:

$523,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,037,660
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1.78 : 1
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