Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa

Castle in the Sky

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Synonyms: Tenkuu no Shiro Rapyuta
Japanese: 天空の城ラピュタ
English: Castle in the Sky
German: Das Schloss im Himmel
Spanish: El Castillo en el Cielo
French: Castle in the Sky
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 2, 1986
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, Award WinningAward Winning, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Duration: 2 hr. 4 min.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 8.261 (scored by 295022295,022 users)
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Ranked: #2872
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Popularity: #455
Members: 469,975
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In a world filled with planes and airships, Sheeta is a young girl who has been kidnapped by government agents who seek her mysterious crystal amulet. While trapped aboard an airship, she finds herself without hope—that is, until the ship is raided by pirates. Taking advantage of the ensuing confusion, Sheeta manages to flee from her captors. Upon her escape, she meets Pazu, a boy who dreams of reaching the fabled flying castle, Laputa. The two decide to embark on a journey together to discover this castle in the sky. However, they soon find the government agents back on their trail, as they too are trying to reach Laputa for their own greedy purposes.

Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa follows the soaring adventures of Sheeta and Pazu, all while they learn how dreams and dire circumstances can bring two people closer together.

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Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa was the first film to be produced and released by Studio Ghibli. It won the Animage Anime Grand Prix in 1986.

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Sound Director
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Opening Theme

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"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


Apr 23, 2023
I have watched this movie dozens of times going all the way back to watching the VHS at age 5. It remains my favorite Studio Ghibli film and will remain a masterpiece that is endlessly re-watchable.

An all-ages Indiana Jones action caper combined with Ghibli's unbeatable animation and Miyazaki's obvious love for aviation created one of my favorite films of all time. The movie runs at a breakneck pace and is constantly moving. You are on board with the characters who know just as much as the audience does. As the film continues, the villain becomes a ruthless menace to the main characters, culminating in one ...
Sep 28, 2023
Mixed Feelings
My mind played a trick on me, convincing me I watched this when I was a child. Guess I was wrong (or I really can’t remember it at all). So before reading this review please note that there is no nostalgia involved which will clearly affect my rating as well.

Animation 7/10
As expected from Studio Ghibli movies the art is beautiful and makes you feel like you entered a completely different world. However, compared to other Ghibli movies I watched, it seems to lack in some aspects. It’s still beautiful and lovely. Especially considering the time this movie was made. I’m sure it was ...
Jan 16, 2021
Last night I watched Castle in the Sky with my club, and after having watched Spirited Away for the last movie night, I was excited for another Miyazaki film. I have to say though, I'm very disappointed.

I want to start by saying that I didn't watch Ghibli movies as a kid. I know a lot of people who say they love Ghibli movies but I suspect that that was because of nostalgia, and they aren't realizing that each of these movies needs to be judged with a more critical, mature eye.

I liked Spirited Away a lot, but Castle in the Sky is just worse it ...

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