Task # 1: A Dutch film
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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…
Let's be real here, this is one of the coolest films ever made.
A fun, proto-Ghibli caper film. The animation is certainly more primitive than later Miyazaki films, and lacking the more nuanced characterisation, but the spark of his ingenuity is here. Like many of his films, there's a very European feel to this - it almost feels like a 70s French heist movie. Breezy and a little cliché, but it's entertaining from start to finish with lots on neat little twists and turns along the way.
The Castle of Cagliostro was Hayao Miyazaki's first feature length animation, though he had been working in the medium for years creating television episodes. It's based on a pre-existing property - the Lupin III manga series, which had been popular in Japan since the 1960s, inspiring a television show and several films. All the Lupin III adventures center around a mischievous gentleman thief and his adventures, which unfold in a fantastic Eastern vision of continental Europe inspired by pulp serials and James Bond. The Castle of Cagliostro is less purely a result of Miyazaki's imagination than his later films - many of the themes and character types that would define his later work are not present in this more generic…
Every bit as delightful as you'd expect a Hayao Miyazaki heist movie to be. This is somewhat of a thoughtless movie, yes, but it's not a movie where you really ever get much time to think, as everything just zips by at such a blistering pace that you can barely even catch up. It's also goddamn hilarious - Miyazaki has always been a master of timing in animation, and here he employs that skill for wall-to-wall Looney Tunes-esque visual gags rather than the poetic moments of his later films. I had absolutely no knowledge of the Lupin the Third series before I watched this, and now I'm curious to see what else this series has to offer.
I really have to question this Lupin guy's wardrobe choices
This is extremely my shit.
You can get a lot of enjoyment out of a movie based on how much time you want to spend in its milieu, and Cagliostro is my preferred version of Miyazaki's fantasy ur-Europe: I want to holiday in practically every scene.
Plus it's just a hugely enjoyable adventure story, and Miyazaki's filmmaking is as fleet and entertaining here as it ever will be.
I'm not sure how this ranks up in the Lupin-verse as I'm not familiar with that world much (although I distinctly remember from my childhood that Fujiko is a brunette...) but a samurai in a heist film isn't so wrong now, is it?
There aren't any real twists for this one nor do you have to scratch the surface for something deep but it's still an enjoyable film to watch.
Hayao Miyazaki's worst film... and it's still great.
Honestly, still one of my favorite Miyazaki movies. If you want a fun time that's totally rad, watch this. Dub required.
Task # 1: A Dutch film
In honor of my front right tire that died today. RIP.
Feel free to comment with any movies that qualify.…