Castle in the Sky
Miyazaki’s early feature was inspired, in part, by a visit to Wales and the Welsh miners’ fight for survival against Margaret Thatcher. Primarily, though, it’s the story of a young boy who sees a girl floating down from the sky. He comes to her aid in her flight from sky pirates, the army and secret agents. An adventure story influenced by Treasure Island and Gulliver’s Travels, Castle in the Sky is dynamic, imaginative family entertainment with valuable lessons about technology and ignorance.
“As the film which truly catapulted Miyazaki to the forefront of world animation, Castle in the Sky remains a flawless primer of his standard creative conceits. Elements that he used in his previous masterpiece Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind are expanded on and forwarded – the coming of age of a young girl, the fascination with flight, the battle between old world and new world ways, and most importantly, the belief in a destiny beyond the everyday and mundane.
[…] Form and shape swirl and bend, flawless line drawings diving around the screen in sequences so spectacular it’s hard to remember they were created by people with little more than a pencil, some paper, and a clear artistic vision.” Bill Gibron, Pop Matters
Our matinee family-friendly shows will feature the English-language version, all ages welcome. Evening screenings will play in Japanese with English subtitles.
Richard Harrington, Washington Post
Evening: In Japanese with English subtitles
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