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Castle in the Sky - Studio Ghibli Fest 2024

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One night, Pazu spies a young girl floating down from the sky, held aloft by a glowing pendant. Her name is Sheeta and she is in search of the legendary floating castle, Laputa. Pazu and Sheeta embark on a journey together to discover the castle’s location and to unravel the mystery of Sheeta’s luminous crystal. But their quest won’t be easy, as soon as they are being pursued by greedy air pirates, the military, and secret government agents, who all seek the power that Sheeta alone can control. Castle in the Sky is a timeless story of courage and friendship, with stunning animation from acclaimed Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. Featuring the voices of Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill, Mandy Patinkin, and more.


  • Mayumi Tanaka
  • Keiko Yokozawa
  • Kotoe Hatsui
  • Minori Terada
  • Fujio Tokita
  • Ichirô Nagai
  • Hiroshi Ito
  • Machiko Washio
  • Takuzô Kamiyama
  • Yoshito Yasuhara

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Its detailed fantasy world, including a dark turn-of-the-century mining town and candy-colored futuristic space bikes, is as alluring as any live-action film. Yet this two-hour story about a lost princess, a flying island and space pirates is liable to strain the patience of adults and the attention spans of children.

Metacritic review by Caryn James
Caryn James
The New York Times

Viewed from a purely narrative perspective, Castle in the Sky is a fun, engaging two hours. Miyazaki knows how to keep things moving without belaboring certain scenes. He doesn’t speak down to his audience and isn’t afraid to mix in exposition with action.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli