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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…
Let's be real here, this is one of the coolest films ever made.
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…
Barnstorming fun - Miyazaki apparently filed a lot of the edges off the manga characters but he's Miyazaki and whoever wrote the comic isn't so there. And the end result is super fun, with its' retro styling and out-and-out unabashed caper adventures. It's not quite as effortlessly beautiful and profound as Ghibli would be but it's still a terrific piece of cinema.
A simple, fun, adventure that is filled with action, wacky characters, and great animation. Good time all the way through.
(Originally written, June 3rd, 2016)
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Welcome to part one of the Lupin the 3rd special! This is where we look at films/specials that are all about our favorite thief! After such an enraging experience of watching of Norm of the North that will be topped by two other movies, I think it’s time to…
One of the best animated films of all time.
A Lupin III adventure focused on his more family friendly side that perfectly encapsulates what's so enjoyable in his franchise. At the same time, it also marks the first feature length film of legendary Japanese Director: Hayao Miyazaki.
For anyone who has watched an episode of either one of the first two Lupin III shows, this film will feel familiar. Centered around a super-thief, itt has all the central characters who make the journey constantly entertaining, from Jigen and Goemon as the ones who are always there to help him around, to Fujiko, the femme fatale who will double-cross the team whenever it suits her, and to Zenigata, the detective who's constantly pursuing Lupin.
As such, it plays like an extended episode, but with a bit more athmosphere thanks to Miyazaki's amazing directing. I also apreciate the way the central relationship was handled.
On the whole, it's a great ride.
Hayao Miyazaki's first film is quite the delight. This movie is pretty different from his other films I've seen. despite that, Cagliostro is pure fun. It's really fast, zany, and full of action and gadgets. the thieves are very entertaining. surprisingly good for Miyazaki's first movie.
A most entertaining adventure set somewhere in between of 'Indiana Jones' treasures, the long-winded heist sequences of 'Ocean's Eleven' and with its captivated princesses and the European architecture of this castle wraped into the ambience of a fairytale.
I loved the rough characters, the animation style being a rather simple but still a charming one accompanied by a smooth and yet propelling Jazz soundtrack. By the way the characters move and defy our laws of physic the cartoony nature of this movie is easily detected, what makes it feel grounded though is Miyazaki's already developed focus on the details in the movement of his characters which despite their animations provide them with a sense of truthfulness.
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Really fun and visually inventive caper. I loved the water entry into the castle and the fighting among the gears.
Ride a watersmooth-silver stallion.
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