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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.
much better than I expected.
its kinda like jemes bond
fresh and fun its great setting and set-up does wonders and its outstanding array of characters make for many unexpected yet amazing plot lines.
Wahnsinnig unterhaltsamer Abenteuerfilm mit charismatischem Protagonisten, rasanter Action und der laut Steven Spielberg besten Verfolgungsjagd der Filmgeschichte. Miyazakis allererster Film ist zugleich recht außergewöhnlich und einzigartig in seiner gesamten Filmographie.
Being a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki, this is one of the last films I had yet to see of his. This is also my first Lupin III film and I definitely will be watching more if they resemble this film at all. With great car chases and beautiful backdrops, Miyazaki creates a kingdom similar in style to others in his future films; it is void of a specific place, but is clearly based on small slightly European kingdoms like Sarawak or Monaco.
Spielberg called this film one of the best action films ever and I will have to agree to be one of the best animated ones. Miyazaki creates magical and fanciful actions sequences that can only be done…
Esto puede funcionar también como una canción de banda, donde nuestro héroe, Lupin Esparza III, es un ladrón de buen corazón, que le quiere bajar la mujer al ricachón Cagliostro 50.
He's a nice man
But he's cool
You know, he uses Walther
The machine cries,
Yeah, he's the Lupin the Third.
Yeah, he smiles
And he gets angry....sometimes.
But...he's a groovy guy.
Lupin the Third
Go. Go, man.
You got to...feel it
Jarrett Duncan Memorial Film Challenge
23/30 An animated film
Current superhero films are ego films. We need more Id films. This is an Id film. My super-ego tells me so.
It's a Miyazaki movie. There are flying machines and castles and citroens and man oh man oh man yeah this animation yeah
Now that I have made a letterboxd tier banger review, I can sleep easy.
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.
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