As previously reported here, Studio Ghibli Fest is back for a return engagement in select theaters this year, offering a chance to catch some of the more obscure and fantastical creations to come out of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki’s operation on the big screen — as they were meant to be seen.
The 2018 festival wraps up Nov. 18-20 with 1986’s Castle in the Sky, the story of a young girl who falls out of the sky and into the arms of a boy who helps her search for a floating island where a long-dead civilization promises fantastic secrets. English voices include James Van Der Beek, Anna Paquin, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill, Mandy Patinkin and Andy Dick.
This high-flying adventure begins when Pazu, an engineer’s apprentice, spies a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, held aloft by a glowing pendant. Both Sheeta and Pazu are searching for the legendary floating castle, Laputa, and they vow to travel there together to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal. But their quest won’t be easy, as soon they are being pursued by greedy air pirates, the military, and secret government agents, who all seek the power Sheeta alone can control.
The Sunday and Wednesday screenings will be dubbed in English, while the Monday showing is in the original Japanese presented with English subtitles.