4 REASONS WHY YOU HAVE TO WATCH ‘LAPUTA’

“The world cannot live without love” – Sheeta

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986) is a film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and won the Animage Anime Grand Prix during the year it was released. This film follows the story of Sheeta and Pazu as they team up to find the mysterious, mythical castle of Laputa. Laputa is said to have been once a floating castle…  But is now grounded and abandoned, guarded by robots and the animals of the forest. With sky pirates and the military trying to track them down, only Sheeta’s knowledge of the ancient castle can help save it from destruction

  1. You’ll love the sky pirates! They’re affable and help lighten the tone of the movie a little too

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  2. Like most Miyazaki films, there is a strong theme of environmentalism in Laputa. The castle was designed to be an ‘ecotopia’ and the people who had previously lived in the castle had a close relationship with nature

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  3. Miyazaki also explores throughout the film the idea of humans destroying nature. For example, the robots that guard and tend for the castle gardens only show their destructive capabilities in response to human brutality towards nature

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  4. Essentially, the message of the film is that while society is not yet able to coexist peacefully with nature, it is possible. The audience walks away from this film with the hope that one day, we may be able to achieve this coexistence…

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