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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…
''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.
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,…
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…
Bloated, boring and long. This should have been 1,000 times more fun than it was.
A legendary Directors first film and interesting that it was part of a franchise already. There was some debate at one point as to whether or not this was a Studio Ghibli film but now with the blu-ray release it has been confirmed that it is not. The Blu-ray really brings a great crispness to the animation especially since this movie came out in 1979. As a movie it's a lot of fun the fun starts at the beginning and it doesn't stop throughout the entire movie. Good thing also is that you don't need to know about the anime so you won't be lost.
The first film directed by the genius that is Hayao Miyazaki. While this isn't quite up to the quality of his later films, it still possesses many of his trademarks. If you consider yourself a fan of Miyazaki I highly recommend that you watch this film.
This pre-Ghibli studio work is funny, lovely, entertaining and cinematic. It has great characters and great story. And of course, great villain. Unlike most of the Hayao Miyazaki's animation, the main character is male. Not female.
Anyway, The Castle of Cagliostro is funny, lovely and enjoyable. Some of the shots are beautiful. The action scenes are awesome. I even would like to see this animation in live-action feature.
I would like to say that The Castle of Cagliostro is the Indiana Jones of animation. It even came out before Indiana Jones. So.... Yeah! In the end, Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro is an excellent animation.
Dangerously entertaining. Whenever I rewatch the better Bond movies with Roger Moore, I always expect something like this but I of course never get it. While I don't see much of Miyazaki in this film (then again, I'm no expert) I do see close to flawless pacing and a complete understanding of what makes a serial style comic book adventure tick. It's funny, sharply written, always on the track of action and constantly throwing good characters our way; never bloated, uneven or off key and quite often with dazzling action to make you grab your seat. The fact that I haven't seen any of the other installments only make it better, as part of the charm with a serial is to be thrown right into the middle of it. There's not much here to dislike - it may not be original, but it's a great adventure film.
It gets better every time I watch it.
Doesn't feel much like a Miyazaki movie but it's nothing short of spectacular. Visually resplendent and wickedly charming, Castle of Cagliostro joins Kiki's Delivery Service and Castle in the Sky as one of his most straight-up entertaining movies.
THAT'S a movie!
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