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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…
Hayao Miyazaki's feature film debut may not be as polished as his best works but it's still an impressive start to what would later become one of the most celebrated film careers in motion picture history and wonderfully captures the legendary filmmaker planting the seeds of what he would portray so flawlessly in his later films.
The Castle of Cagliostro (also known as Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro) tells the story of a flamboyant thief who along with his partner-in-crime robs a casino only to later discover that the money is counterfeit. The plot covers his adventures in the land of Cagliostro; the rumoured source of forged bills, where he tries to save the princess from a corrupt…
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…
Let's be real here, this is one of the coolest films ever made.
Fourteenth watch of Japanese July. Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro was the directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki and it’s the only feature-length film of him that breaks with his usual themes of magic, nature, kids and airplanes (although it does have a castle, which Miyazaki is also pretty fond of), focusing instead on an adventure of the thief Lupin the Third - a character previously established in both television series and manga. It’s by all means clear that this is pre-Ghibli and that Miyazaki wasn’t granted complete artistic freedom, since Castle of Cagliostro possesses none of the detailed refinement and serene atmosphere of the other anime he directed. It’s a near two-hour slapstick cartoon, which rushes from one…
Como ver una película de Jackie Chan pero ademas con la magia que solo Studio Ghibli y Miyazaki tienen.
Eight years after his television directorial debut with the original anime, Hayao Miyazaki returned to Lupin III with his 1979 freshman effort The Castle of Cagliostro. Even in his pre-Ghibli days, Miyazaki proves that his craft and imagination soars above all others: gliding on the wings of impressive animation and a lovingly expressive cast of characters. The plot itself is a decent enough mystery that hinges almost entirely on its heist and chase sequences. Several of these, particularly inside the castle itself, seamlessly blend clever gags and engaging thrills into a somewhat cartoony package that's exhilarating nonetheless. Those unfamiliar with Lupin III may feel a lack of scriptural depth, but the vocal cast is so spirited behind the specific characterizations that you don't really care. That's because in just under 100 minutes, Hayao Miyazaki provides enough heart, humor, and visual wizardry to outdo most recent animation with decades of technology behind it.
Not a fan of the character's pre-existing media, so I can't speak to this as an adaptation. It's also not fair to judge this against the depth of Miyazaki's subsequent work, though when watching this, his first feature, after having seen every other feature, that's a tough ask. I will say, for all of that, this is a pacey, breezy, and occasionally quite fun film. I think it nails the tone it's going for, with a jazzy, cool vibe befitting the competent, daring Lupin that Miyazaki presents. It does seem to have a clash in styles, with much of the character design and some of the setting likely drawn from the stylized real world of the character's past, but with…
A movie I watched on a whim, also my introduction to the character of Lupin. You can tell Miyazaki had a lot of fun with this one. It's one of the few comedic Ghibli movies, not to say that they're all super serious all the time. A major complaint I keep hearing is that Miyazaki softened Lupin up too much for most fans' likings. I will admit, he does act a bit like a Disney prince. However, it's just a fun movie all around and like most Lupin works, I don't take it too seriously.
I had an expectation that this would be ok, but compared to other miyazaki films it would be dull. Glad to say i was wrong. This was a really fun adventure film. Decent action, great chases, simple story told well with interesting characters and well done humour. All Miyazaki trademarks seen in different films of his. The animation is of course georgeous. Honestly this is a must see for any animation fan. And though not a Ghibli film a must for any Miyazaki fan, not just completists.
A thoroughly entertaining yarn from the master Miyazaki himself. I think a lot of people get (rightly) caught up in the visuals of Miyazaki films but this film illustrates just how good of a storyteller he is as well.
The first stop along my (and my second son's) journey through the films of Miyazaki. There will be more complete thoughts eventually, but right now, I'd describe it as "fun, but slight. Feels hectic, especially in comparison to some of his later works. The seeds are there, clearly -- especially the visual seeds. But it needs more careful tending."
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