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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.
As a fan of the 70's Lupin cartoons, I thought Miyazaki did a solid job with the film.
You can see the seeds of Miyasaki's interests being planted (e.g., environmental protection) and it is full of imagination as expected, but everything is plottier and less polished, with maximum cartooniness.
Beautiful animation, great score, classic character, an overall great prefacing to the sensibilities of Hayazaki's filmography
when miyazaki is involved you know you're in for a treat, even though you can feel that the studio involvement trespassed on his creative vision. being recognized as studio ghibli-magician hayao miyazakis directorial debut, the castle of cagliostro is sweet homage to the prime time spy movies of the 60's. and even with miyazakis distinct dislike of the final product, lupin the 3rd & his compadres make a lot of noise and impressions during the runtime for about 100 minutes.
car chases, shoot-outs, womanizing, grapple hooks.. no wait roof running, secret chambers & ancient treasures - the castle of cagliostro is not short of classic, almost cliché, spy-movie tropes. but i think being an anime in this case helps out a lot,…
Such a fun and thrilling caper.
This is like Miyazaki's A Fistfull of Dollars: a lovely draft of beautiful things to come. There is plenty of wonder in a scene by scene basis, while Miyazaki's overall imagination still hasn't broke up free as it would from the late 80s on.
Revisited this film because the first time around didn't enjoy it but man this second time I was having a ball revisiting this one. From how the action is done to how the story and mystery unfold this is actually a really fun action heist film. This was such a treat to watch.
One of my top 3 Miyazaki movie of all time. It's a really great animated adventure.
Not my cup of (pre-Studio Ghibli) tea.
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