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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…
Let's be real here, this is one of the coolest films ever made.
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…
DAMM this movie is amazing. It's such an adventure it's great.
A true classic definitely the best of the Lupin III movies and shows.
I'm finally acquainting myself with the first couple films from Miyazaki's career, starting with his first, Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro. I was particularly struck by how many ingredients are present here that would make up Miyazaki's later work: a love for humorous and intricate detail, clever movement and design, and lovingly designed characters. Versus his later work, say, Princess Mononoke, there are but a few quiet moments. This is also his most frenetic movie, with the bounding feel of an action-heist film as the real bones of the story.
Guiding this action is Lupin: a scoundrel, an international criminal, and also a chivalrous playboy. He's also a source of slapstick, a jester, and a source of manic energy…
A primeira obra de Miyazaki é uma pequena pérola que costuma ser esquecida. Trata-se de uma aventura bem divertida e dinâmica nos bons moldes de Tintim, com uma pegada 'jazzística'. A animação pode não ter o primor de obras posteriores do diretor, mas não deixa de render cenas bonitas de se ver.
This is more or less an extended episode of the Lupin the Third anime with a much higher budget. The whole gang is back to uncover a mystery of money and bloodlines! It's a fun kid film, and is important to anime history as it marks the first feature-length project Hayao Miyazaki directed.
Let's be real here, this is one of the coolest films ever made.
I'm really hoping this isn't a preview of what I can expect from Miyazaki movies, and anime/manga in general. Now, to be fair, I've never seen any of the Lupin the 3rd TV series that apparently introduces the characters so I was jumping in completely clueless. I definitely get the feeling that this movie was set up with the assumption that only fans of the TV series would watch it, so my experience was like someone jumping on board in the middle of season 3 of a TV show and expecting them to know the characters and care about them instantly. I did not know any of the characters, and I most certainly did not care about any of them…
“Don’t forget, fair damsel, you’ve got to have faith in the thief."
Hayao Miyazaki began his career with television and it was the show “Lupin III” that gave him the chance to direct both for the small screen as well as for the big screen with the second story about Lupin the Third in 1979. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we begin our short Hayao Miyazaki series with his first theatrical feature film, Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro. We talk about the history of the character of Lupin III in Monkey Punch’s original manga series, in the TV series and its films, as well as in the Arsène Lupin character he’s loosely based…
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