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Hayao Miyazaki's CASTLE IN THE SKY is a rousing adventure that follows an orphan named Sheeta as she eludes the clutches of a secret agent named Muska while trying to discern her family's history. After her first escape from Muska, Sheeta meets up with a young boy named Pazu, whose father, a photographer, was disgraced after he took a picture of the legendary flying island of Laputa and had it dismissed as a hoax. When the two realize that a family heirloom Sheeta carries allows them to levitate, the two begin a search for the lost island, trailed by Muska, who is also searching for Laputa.
"...[The film] culminates in a breathtakingly animated siege on the titular structure..." - 04/18/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.53
"...It delivers a fantastic adventure, its epic scope and noggin-noodling imagination recalling the work of Terry Gilliam..." - 12/01/2003 Total Film, p.126
"Miyazaki Hayao's tremendous animated feature combines references to lost civilizations with spectacular battle scenes, golem-like robots...and ecological asides." - 05/01/2006 Sight and Sound, p.89-90
"Sky pirates, dirigibles, steam-powered machinery, a magic crystal, a mythical city that floats above the clouds, a mysterious girl who descends from the sky -- this enchanting children's fantasy has it all..." - 01/09/2014 Wall Street Journal