– Castillo en el Cielo
– Das Schloss im Himmel
– El Castillo en el Cielo
– Laputa – podniebny zamek
– Laputa – Slottet i himlen
– Laputa: Castello nel Cielo
– Laputa_Lâu đài trên không
– Le Château dans le Ciel
– O Castelo no Céu
– Tenkū no Shiro Laputa
– Un Castillo en el Cielo
– Небесный Замок Лапута
– قلعة في السماء
Castle in the Sky (Japanese: 天空の城ラピュタ Hepburn: Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta) (known as Laputa: Castle in the Sky in Europe and Australia) is a 1986 Japanese animated adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
The animation keeps getting better with each new film Miyazaki put out. This time, his cloud art is much improved from Nausicaa rendition. The art is beautiful for the time. Some part of the film can be a bit goofy, but it’s an endearing kind of goofiness.
The pieces of music for Castle in the Sky are beautiful. There are very few BGM that I enjoy, but Miyazaki selection always hit it out of the park. The ending theme “Kimi wo Nosete (君をのせて; Carrying You)” by Azumi Inoue is especially good.
Like Nausicaa, Laputa have a similar theme of lost technology and how the military is trying to revive it. Miyazaki creates some of the most fantastical believable worlds, and Laputa is no exception. This steampunk-inspired sci-fi feels it is plausible.
I have two small complaints of this otherwise perfect film. First, you have grown men doing things to get a young girl attention is in the creepy territory. Even if it was played off for comedy, doesn’t excuse it. Second is the villains are rather a cliche. You have the corrupt military general or the corrupt mustache-twirling villain that laugh and taunt maniacally.
I highly recommend this movie to the fan of well written uplifting adventure film. Laputa contains some graphic violence. Intended for everyone, but parental guidance is advised.
Similar Title Recommendations
– “Laputa no Houkai” by Hisaishi Joe
– “Kimi o Tsurete” by Ishii Tatsuya
– “Moshimo Sora o Tobetara” by Obata Youko
– “Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa”
Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)
A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.
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