girl in white dress and long braids looking at a skeleton of strange flying creature

Castle in the Sky AKA Laputa: Castle in the Sky
(Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta)

Screening on Film
$5 Weekend Matinee Admission or Free with Cambridge Public Library Card
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
With Tanaka Mayumi, Yokozawa Keiko, Hatsui Kotoe.
Japan, 1986, 35mm, color, 125 min.
Japanese with English subtitles.

Studio Ghibli’s first feature film, Castle in the Sky is filled with otherworldly adventures worthy of Jules Verne. Young Pazu is an inventor who dreams of finding Laputa—a peaceful floating island in the sky built by an advanced, long-gone civilization. When Sheeta, a mysterious girl, literally falls (well, rather floats) out of the sky and into Pazu’s mining town, they become friends. But Sheeta’s pendant holds the secret to Laputa, and the kids are suddenly pursued by both evil government agents and a family of good-hearted aerial pirates. Set in an imaginary Europe of a century ago, Miyazaki’s hand-drawn film—accompanied by an unforgettable Joe Hisaishi score—won him the third Ofuji Noburo Award at the Mainichi Film Concours. Its timeless story of courage and friendship left a deep impression on Makoto Shinkai, who decided to follow Miyazaki’s path after seeing the film in high school. Shinkai’s Children who Chase Lost Voices is an homage to Laputa. The Harvard Film Archive will be screening a rare 35mm print of this Miyazaki classic.

Age recommendation: 8+. Scenes of gun violence and peril.

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