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Laputa: Castle In the Sky (1986)

(aka: Castle In the Sky)



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Hayao Miyazaki follows up his first signature film, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds, with an even better film, which combines environmental fantasy with retro-technological wonders of the sort Jules Verne or H.G. Wells might have written about. There are floating islands and pirates and fantastical machines, and the fate of the world depends upon a couple of kids. So far, this synopsis could apply to any number of Miyazaki films, couldn't it? But his movies never feel like they're repeating themselves. Each one holds wonders all its own.