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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…
''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's been a slow and stressful week with new work commitments eating up my time and England being absolutely pants at the World Cup. What I need is a good weekend of filmic pleasure to sink my teeth into and restore some sanity. What a great way to start my Saturday with the master himself Hayao Miyazaki's first feature film, The Castle of Cagliostro. The film is part of the Lupin III manga series that I have little knowledge of but that was of no consequence to me as the film is an unqualified success, a rip roaring adventure with all kinds of fun stuff that inhabits the films pacey runtime. These things range from master thievery and disguise, bullet…
Fifteen minutes into The Castle of Cagliostro, I was reminded of my childhood days when I'd sit gaping at the television in sheer wonder as Tintin traveled through exotic locales, solving mysteries and going on great adventures. It was the same feeling of mesmerizing excitement that I felt as a kid which I was reminded of when Lupin entered the Grand Duchy of Cagliostro.
But Miyazaki takes it a level higher with this mad caper, replacing the boy scout detective with a gentleman thief who is a wild mix of suaveness, charm, cunning, resourcefulness and resilience.
I've found Miyazaki greatly altered the character of Arsène Lupin III for the movie, and I can understand how it may not sit well…
Miyazaki's first masterpiece, and the most mature and complex plot in his entire filmography. The Castle of Cagliostro is the best and most appropriate film to begin with Miyazaki. Two thumbs up. Lupin III returns from the animated series once again. The ride may not be as extraordinary and stylish as the original series, but every frame is surely worth the entire credit.
Miyazaki's first feature film is an enjoyable adventure animation. Like many other reviewers, I do like how Lupin is pictured in this film. Instead of pictured as the dark, mysterious man, Lupin is showed as a likable fun character. Although, I did not really enjoy the story as it is too cliche - "Boy saves princess from an evil rich prince" (in this case count). I guess the fact that it was all made within 4 months had a big impact on the film.
Though, I still applaud everyone who had worked to complete this within 4 months, seriously that is amazing.
This may not the best film but I still love to treat myself to a good old anime, especially one made by Miyazaki.
What a lovely little adventure!
Joyful and triumphant.
"He stole something priceless, your heart my lady." "Please be my thief, I'll follow you anywhere."
Hayao Miyazaki has been called the greatest director of animated films, and he didn't waste any time getting his career started off right when he released Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro in 1979. The Castle of Cagliostro is Miyazaki's first feature length film as well as the beginning of a long and thrilling career for Lupin the Third. This film follows Lupin, a dashing and thrill seeking thief, as he risks his life to free a princess from the evil Count Cagliostro. In the process Lupin discovers that the Count has some dark secrets... Secrets that Lupin will do his best to…
In many ways a pretty conventional heist film, what sets this film (Miyazaki's feature-length directorial debut) apart from the rest is the skillful direction. The car chase has been cited by Steven Spielberg as the greatest in cinematic history and it really does stand up; I'm not sure it is better than in The French Connection, Bullit, or Spielberg's own Raiders of the Lost Ark, but utilizing the tools of animation Miyazaki creates certainly one of the more inventive chases ever put on film, with enough creative gags and beats to make these the most enjoyable three minutes you are likely to have with a film. There are a number of other sequences in the film (including an underwater segment)…
What a fun little action film! Despite the animation being subpar and the script a bit silly, you can definitely see Miyazaki's roots on display here, and it's enjoyable to see where so many classic films have spawned from. Spielberg once called this one of the best adventure films ever made, and you can see why. It uses so many caper tropes in such an entertaining way, it is a joy from beginning to end. The film lacks the deeper themes Miyazaki explored in most of his films, but it's still an enjoyable film.
Rollicking fun, if perhaps a reversal or two too many.
Lupin the 3rd + Miyazaki was a great thing
Una perfecta combinació d'acció non-stop i comèdia. El mestre Miyazaki ens ofereix una gran pelicula que respira diversió i entreteniment en cada fotograma.
A perfect mix of non-stop action and comedy. The master Miyazaki gives us a great movie with enormous fun and enterteinment in each frame.
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