The magic touch of master animator Hayao Miyazaki is visible from start to finish in Castle in the Sky – an imaginative tale full of mystery and adventure. The high-flying journey begins when Pazu, an engineer’s apprentice, find a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, wearing a glowing pendant. Together, they discover both are searching for the legendary floating castle, Laputa, and vow to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal around her neck. Their quest won’t be easy, however. There are air pirates, secret agents and astounding obstacles to keep them from the truth – and from each other. —Disney
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan’s greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company’s commitment to introduce the films to the rest of the world will let more people appreciate the high-quality works he has given the movie-going public.
Hayao Miyazaki was born in Tôkyô on January 5, 1941. He started his career in 1963 as an animator at the studio Toei Douga studio, and was subsequently involved in many early classics of Japanese animation. From the beginning, he commanded attention with his incredible drawing ability and the seemingly endless stream of movie ideas he proposed.
In 1971, he moved to the A Pro studio with Isao Takahata, then to Nippon Animation in 1973, where he was heavily involved in the World Masterpiece Theater TV animation series for the next five years. In 1978, he directed… read more
Lot of fun, Miyazaki crafts adventure films that must be the envy of any live-action director trying to do the same. There are some great animation sequences, one in particular being the awakening of the first robot. Reminds me of the end of Nausicaa, very moody and explosive. While lacking the immensity of that film, this is a beautiful adventure flick, enjoyable from beginning to end.