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Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro
After a successful robbery leaves famed thief Lupin III and his partner Jigen with nothing but a large amount of fake money, the so called "Goat Bills", he decides to track down the counterfeiter responsible - and steal any other treasures he may find in the Castle of Cagliostro, including the 'damsel in distress' he finds imprisoned there.
Hayao Miyazaki’s first feature film and imprinted mark on the beloved continuous saga of master thief Arsène Lupin III is an all out blast. It's a masterfully high-octane old fashioned adventure film with a heart, and a vibrant exercise in giddy exuberance set to a '60s-style aesthetic of campy jokes, dazzling visual engineering, engaging and dense plotting and vastly memorable characters. Miyazaki’s first feature film was also his first masterpiece.
The Castle of Cagliostro's first point made is purely rapid and zany fun. From its first scene showing an ensuing chase following a casino heist that Lupin performs to its last moments of just enough chaos to let its core character's arc of bittersweet nostalgia, memories and romance unravel naturally,…
This is arguably one of Hayao Miyazaki’s most underrated films, perhaps because it was produced before the formation of Studio Ghibli, and is rarely discussed within the context of his other films. There are other aspects that differentiate it from his later work, most notably the fact he was a director for hire (his first feature film, fact fans!) rather than it being a passion project. Yet the film is still full of the director’s trademarks that he would refine and perfect during the rest of his career. The Castle of Cagliostro is another story in the ongoing saga of flamboyant thief, Arsène Lupin III, yet Miyazaki’s take on the character makes him a more rounded and sympathetic character than…
Lupin, the famous thief, makes another big robbery but, this time, he discovers that everything is false. Yet, far from being shaken, he directs all his looks to the hidden treasure in the Castle of Cagliostro. Yet, the treasure becomes an afterthought when Lupin discovers that the lovely Clarise was forced to marry the owner of the castle in question, the Count Cagliostro.
Miyazaki's debut and most overlooked film is an animated adventure that is significantly different from the director's most famous works, even if it's possible to find some of his renowned characteristics in here. The Castle of Cagliostro is like a delicious soup that has room for adventure, action, romance, comedy and mystery. Yet, the way Miyazaki combined…
Hayao Miyazaki has to be the greatest filmmaker of animation living today. His first feature length film was clearly just the beginning. This director was onto one amazing career in the art that is cinema. But let's focus on his very original masterpiece, The castle of Cagliostro. What can be said of it other than that it's a truly wonderful and amazing? Well you could say, for starters, that it has one cool and highly lovable main character - the one and only, Lupin 3. He's hip, intelligent, smart and he sure does know his way around the ladies. And you could say, that it has a really fun and carefree feel to the overall experience. And you could say,…
''This is a treasure for all mankind. Too big for my pocket, anyway.''
Damn this film is a blast!
My second viewing of Miyazaki's debut full-length animated feature and it sets the template for the next few films to come. Think of a big mish-mash of Indiana Jones style action and adventure, Sherlock Holmes mystery, tie it together with a string of memorable characters and wrap it up in a sharp and witty script. The narrative is thrilling and engaging for it's entire length and the set pieces are jaw-dropping. Steven Spielberg is quite apt in calling this ''...One of the greatest adventure movies of all time'' and I am sure that that Shinichirō Watanabe was highly influenced by this film for his Cowboy Bebop series.
It's been a slow and stressful week with new work commitments eating up my time and England being absolutely pants at the World Cup. What I need is a good weekend of filmic pleasure to sink my teeth into and restore some sanity. What a great way to start my Saturday with the master himself Hayao Miyazaki's first feature film, The Castle of Cagliostro. The film is part of the Lupin III manga series that I have little knowledge of but that was of no consequence to me as the film is an unqualified success, a rip roaring adventure with all kinds of fun stuff that inhabits the films pacey runtime. These things range from master thievery and disguise, bullet…
my first Lupin the Third movie, I have got to say i'm impressed. Its comedy and action and its simply amazing to behold. I will defiantly be watching more Lupin the Third in the future.
Enjoyable romp that never seems to slow down or smell the roses like some of Miyazakis following works but as an adventurous animated movie it's watchable and very entertaining, if somewhat dated and nonsensical in places.
The animated feature directing debut of Hayao Miyazaki, this film is a solid heist film. Lupin III is charming as always and its great to see the magic and humor that would later become trademarks of Miyazaki's work down the line.
While most of Miyazaki's movies tend to deal with a sense of wonder, Lupin is more interested in dealing with a sense of adventure. It's an uncommonly fun film that plays like a classic 80's era adventure film. It may have it's share of cliches but it was made back in 79 so it's hard to hold that against it. Overall fun and exciting.
In my opinion, The Castle of Cagliostro is not only Miyazaki's most underrated film, I consider it to be one of the most underrated films of all time. It features a memorable main character, an awesome jazz soundtrack (especially during the car chase sequence near the beginning), great action set pieces, some really funny moments and great writing ends up making this Miyazaki's most straight-up entertaining film. It's one of my favourites from the master. If you want to see something akin to Indiana Jones and James Bond combined with Japanese animation, you'll probably dig this film as it has similar elements to those two franchises.
Hayao Miyazaki's directorial debut, Castle of Cagliostro found the director starting off with a project that already carried the earmarks of his more-famous films to come. Despite its incongruity to the groovy nature of the '60s-inspired spy spoof series that the movie is a part of (chronicling the life and times of Arsene Lupin III, master thief), Miyazaki spends a lot of time with lingering shots of his idealized images of nature that would soon be known as a director trademark. Likewise, his fixations on bizarre aircraft and clockwork machinery - rather specific and unique to his personal brand - are on full display, with only the bizarre fantasy creatures missing from the bingo sheet of Miyazaki cliches present.
A Month of Miyazaki Film 5 of 11
For my next film in the MIyazaki canon I watched one of the two Miyazaki films I had never seen before, his first film The Castle of Cagliostro.
I was very interested by this film. Early on I was quite dissatisfied with the work and I thought this couldn't be a Hayao Miyazaki film due to the all the familiar movie tropes that Miyazaki usually avoids. An evil count, a dashing hero, a princes in distress, and an inspector after the criminal hero.
But then the film made a turn for the best. The simple idea that a small country could essentially rule world leaders by making counterfeit money. At that point…
More movies should be like this.
- Spirited Away
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Toy Story
- The Incredibles
- The Pitfall
- The Night of the Hunter
- Dead Man's Letters
- Reservoir Dogs
What are the great directorial debuts?
To be clear, I am talking about feature debuts - they may have worked…
- Tokyo Story
- Seven Samurai
- Floating Clouds
- A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era
- The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 1: Battles Without Honor…
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