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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…
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…
''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 is a Hayao Miyazaki film that happened to have Lupin III characters. The movie does not have much dialogue or noise and that makes you appreciate the animation and the scenery. The subtitles that I have watched it with were also very informative about certain aspects of Japanese culture which may have been lost in translation.
I loved the animation of this, and thought that it was fun and had some great set pieces. It had fun with the premise and the character of Lupin is fun and enduring. The only issue is with the story, as there are parts where it seems to jump around with little explanation, and there were times I felt lost or that I missed something (like a previous film). Still, really enjoyed it.
Rewatching this film again and it's as great as ever! This time I brought my sister along to introduce her to the Lupin III franchise (as this film was mine as well) and she also really enjoyed it. Good times.
Miyazaki's debut film and a fun ride with great characters.
The first feature film of acclaimed master animator Hayao Miyazaki, The Castle of Cagliostro is pretty much unlike anything else in his ouvere. That doesn't really impact the quality too much, but it does make this film more of a footnote than anything else.
For one thing, Miyazaki was a director for hire on this one. Based on the Japanese manga about the famed thief, Lupin the Third, The Castle of Cagliostro was merely another chapter in a long line of them, and was made long before Studio Ghibli was formed. As such, the film is easy to ignore when considering Miyazaki's work, simply because it wasn't a passion project of his.
And yet, in comparison to other films about…
Hayao Miyazaki early work about slightly goofy master thief, Lupin, who is out to rescue a princess held captive at the Castle of Cagliostro. Not as visually sophisticated as later stuff by Miyazaki but no less fun or endearing.
Miyazaki's first feature-length movie is a pretty decent comedic caper. The story isn't necessarily of the highest quality, but the animation is really funny and salvages what the story leaves behind. The characters are also instant charmers (eg. hilarious assholes) so there's no need for elaborate backstories. In this sense the script is really tight because everything is perfectly in place within seconds of the opening.
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Miyazaki's curbing of fantasy elements entirely, for fully realized slapstick adventure with camp in place of whimsy resonates with me but I'm never opposed to rewatching his other work for comparison. I vaguely recall (enjoying) the series the feature is based on during its Adult Swim airings.
Counter fit bills overflow from an escaping and weaving tiny car in thick fluid-like pours.
The gun blasts pink, in a later cliffside winding car chase, interrupted by the submersion of green when the forest is used as an impossible short cut.
Ornate European castle is a prison for a princess needing rescue. Ninjas and rooftop hops. Under a trap door, a secret waterside graveyard of failed fallen heroes.
The titular hero's body…
Miyazaki-san's 1st feature film (ante Studio Ghibli) is a must-see! What an immensly entertaining & exuberant adventure flick with some fine director trademarks on the horizon. Gotta say the German dub from the era did add its part. Can't wait to watch this one again – Arsène Lupin III ftw.
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