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Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki
Released: August 2, 1986
Runtime: 126 minutes
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (天空の城ラピュタ, Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta; also known as simply Laputa and re-titled Castle in the Sky for release in the United States) is a 1986 anime film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.


Young miner Pazu and mysterious girl Sheeta (who wears a magic pendant around her neck) team up to find the long-lost island of Laputa, which is rumored to have great riches and gems. Accompanied by a band of bumbling air pirates led by the quick-tempered Ma Dola, Pazu and Sheeta are pursued by government agents who want the riches of Laputa for themselves.

Steampunk Influences[]

The film is set in an alternate history, with the story taking place somewhere between 1868 and 1900. The society seems is very industrial. Pazu lives in a mining town, and much of the architecture is rooted in this mining motif. Blatant steampunk elements include huge and intricate airships, smaller flying contraptions, and sky pirates. There's a massive flying city and there are ancient Robots. Prevalent themes focus on technological progress and the environment, with emphasis on exploring the fear of humans losing touch with nature.

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Hayao Miyazaki
Films: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind | Laputa: Castle in the Sky | Princess Mononoke | Howl's Moving Castle
TV: Future Boy Conan | Sherlock Hound
Manga: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind