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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,…
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!
The new bluray is fuckin' rad
El primer Miyazaki. Le falta la magia de años posteriores pero es súper-entretenida y la animación es la polla en verso
Japanese humour in all its splendour.
Studio Ghibli Season on Film4.
Studio Ghibli season has finished, but I still have a few films recorded and since I'm back at my parents' house this week I thought I would blast through them. The Castle of Cagliostro follows from the TV show (Lupin III) and previous films in the series, and was based off of the popular manga. I hadn't seen any of these, but you can still pick up with what is going on easy enough and it works as a stand-alone film despite the characters having a degree of familiarity with one another that you don't necessary know about.
The film follows Lupin/Wolf as he and his gang try to rescue Clarisse, the Princess of Cagliostro…
Basically Miyazaki's Princess Bride. This is his cartooniest film of the ones I've seen, from the way the characters movie to how they obey the laws of physics (Lupin III, who is about as tall as his car is long, has one of the great cartoon smirks), and probably the most action-packed and violent, too (dig that car chase early on and the shootout at the chapel, plus a wedding that looks like a Satanaic mass). But even this early on, there are Miyazaki touchstones already in place: gorgeous backgrounds, sumptuous architecture, shots of landscapes and nature intercutting small actions. It's interesting to see all of that wedded to an existing franchise about a decidedly un-Miyazakiesque protagonist.
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki this film based on the manga series Lupin III has English voice acting from Bob Bergen, Joan-Carol O'Connell and Michael McConnohie. A master thief travels to a small country to find the source of counterfeit money and gets involved in saving a princess from a count.
The plot of this film is a fairly standard adventure film with rogues that have a sense of decency. Much of the plot is as you would expect and the central characters are on the wackier end of the spectrum. Miyazaki made his directorial debut with this film and while it may not be up to the standard of his later films it is still a pretty fun effort.
Lupin is an incredibly fun movie. I thoroughly enjoyed the film
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