Ranked #161

Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa

Alternative Titles

English: Castle in the Sky
Synonyms: Tenkuu no Shiro Rapyuta
Japanese: 天空の城ラピュタ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 2, 1986
Producers: Tokuma Shoten
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Novel
Duration: 2 hr. 5 min.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 8.391 (scored by 84,105 users)
Ranked: #1612
Popularity: #303
Members: 124,303
Favorites: 993
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This high-flying adventure begins when Pazu, an engineer's apprentice, finds a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky wearing a glowing pendant. Together they discover both are searching for a legendary floating castle, Laputa, and vow to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal around Sheeta's neck. Their quest won't be easy, however. There are greedy air pirates, secret government agents and astounding obstacles to keep them from the truth, and from each other.

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Shiba, Shigeharu
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Sound Director
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Opening Theme

"Sora kara Futtekita Shoujo (空から降ってきた少女; The Girl Who Fell from the Sky)" by Joe Hisaishi

Ending Theme

"Kimi wo Nosete (君をのせて; Carrying You)" by Azumi Inoue

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Sep 25, 2014
I know this movie is almost 30 years old, but I recently re-watched it and I cried reminiscing about my childhood and thought I should write my first review on it. Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa aka Castle in the Sky is tied as my favorite Miyazaki movie alongside Princess Mononoke; my 2 favorite movies as a child.

The story of Castle in the Sky is about, you guessed it; a castle in the sky. There's a legend about a floating island castle, called "Laputa" that contains all the riches a person can ever dream of having. The main male character, Panzo believes that the castle exists, read more
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Jan 18, 2008
Retitled from its original Japanese name of Laputa (for being an offensive phrase, something which director Hayao Miyazaki was oblivious to at the time), Castle in the Sky is the master animator's third film, and it's one of his most beloved of all time. Initially a box office disappointment in its 1986 release, it has since been embraced by critics and audiences around the world. Inspired by Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels", Castle in the Sky is a steampunk-themed action adventure tale about two young orphans -- young miner Pazu, and mysterious girl Sheeta (who wears a magic crystal around her neck) -- who team read more
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Sep 1, 2008
Castle in the sky is the third film made by Hayao Miyazaki, who I've come to believe is one of the most masterful storytellers. The story is based on the Laputa of Gulliver's Travels, a floating city of scientists and ideologist, which is a legend, a dream of explorers. The young miner Pazu in the story has a goal, which is to find Laputa just as his father did before. And one day, a girl Sheeta who is wearing a magical necklace drifting down from the sky into Pazu's arms, their adventure begins.

The movie has a touch of magic and science fiction. Much read more
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Sep 25, 2014
I feel like the studio and Director would be a give away that this would be good. I don’t know what to fully talk about as everything about this show is amazing from the story to the animation to the dub. Even the comedy doesn’t get in the way of the great story that lies within this show. Only one or two things bother me but they aren’t that big, like when Pazu jumps off his house and ends up breaking through bricks into his basement with no broken bones or nothing. Of course, these problems are minor and don’t happen all that much.

Miyazaki seems read more
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Makoto Shinkai has obviously been inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's Laputa: Castle In the Sky. Which Shinkai also has stated he is a huuge fan of!
Both involve the protagonists searching for some other magical place in the world, both have these magical stone necklaces, and not to mention both have protagonists who meet a mysterious person that sets them off on their adventure.  
reportRecommended by 50-Yen
Anime: Howl no Ugoku Shiro
Hayao Miyazaki has a very poetic way of telling stories. In both of these movies you see his fascination for flying machines. 
reportRecommended by zulon
Anime: Fractale
Similar feel, art, music and setting. However, Laputa is far superior in every way and if you enjoyed Fractale, you'll be blown away by Laputa. 
reportRecommended by Xenograft
Anime: Lupin III: Cagliostro no Shiro
Another Ghibli movie, this one holds the same charms. When I watched Castle of Cagliostro I couldn't help but think of moments in Laputa; they felt fairly linked in parts. If you enjoyed this one, watch Laputa, without a doubt! 
reportRecommended by Lirael
Anime: Sakasama no Patema
A boy discovers a floating girl who has a pendant.
in Patema: the girl floats up in the sky
in Laputa: the girl floats down from the sky 
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Anime: Fushigi no Umi no Nadia
Anno of Evangelion fame hit the big time in animation by quite literally knocking on Miyazaki's door and showing him his animation skills when Nausicaa's production ran out of animators. Afterwards, Anno was inspired by Miyazaki's concept for Laputa and ended up directing his own version of the story with his own studio. This is how Nadia came to be.

If Miyazaki has one weakness visible throughout his films, it's characterisation. More often than not, his imagination for story-telling leaves little room for the nitty-gritty of making his characters into relatable humans, as opposed to plot devices. Anno, on the other hand, is most  read more 
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