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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…
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…
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.
June 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task # 5: A film directed by Hayao Miyazaki
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Even this long ago, Miyazaki was a great director. You can see all of his trademarks and stylings in this film. I'd never seen or read any material on Lupin the Third prior to watching this, but it was so easy to fall into the narrative and recognize the characters. But of course, all of it had an unpolished edge to it that made it somewhat refreshing to see given all of the much more perfect films that have been released in the 37 years since this one.
I do think it is one of his weaker films, but like I'm about to say about Tarantino when I write up my review on Death Proof, that's only because the standard is so damn high.
A lively, playful film with alot of jokes and energy, as good as expected from Miyazaki. Enjoyed every bit of it. Thumbs Up from me.
Part of NO WAY, THAT WAS HIS FIRST FILM?!
Legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki goes classic fairytale with his first feature length film in Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro. Infamous thief Lupin III sets his sights on a big castle as his next job. The job? Rescue a damsel in distress who is soon to be married to a crooked king. Along the way Lupin gets help from allies old and new, to make his way in and around and out of the castle, while evading the king's men to rescue the woman, and make it out safe and sound.
The best part undoubtedly about the film is our main character. Lupin is easily one of the…
Hayao Miyazaki’s first film The Castle of Cagliostro might not be one of his best films, but sure enough it demonstrates his uncanny ability for cinematic storytelling. Deriving from one of Japanese television/manga’s most iconic characters, Lupin, The Castle of Cagliostro is unabashedly guarded by its conventional structure and thematic content. Filled with clichés, and archetypes, the story is not as riveting nor mind-blowing as one would expect. Instead it’s a very straightforward anime film about good bad guys versus bad bad guys (if that makes sense). There’s not much to be said about the story of Lupin who is a playful but strong-willed thief, but Miyazaki’s carefully-headed direction is already enough to overcome its weaknesses. Overall, The Castle of Cagliostro may not be as refined and inspired as with other Miyazaki’s works, but it gives a wonderful welcome for Miyazaki’s extraordinary presence.
I’m not that interested in animation, but I like the Ghibli studio films: I’ve watched many of them over the years with my children, my younger son especially being a fan. I am sentimental about them, while partly liking them because they lack the sentimentality of American cartoons (...yes, I’m thinking of you Disney). I hadn’t seen this one before and, of course, it isn’t a Ghibli film, but an earlier work by Hayao Miyazaki. I think of it as a Miyazaki film, but it is part of a series of films, and before the films there were TV series following the adventures of Lupin, and before that there were the original manga...and I know none of this. It has…
Tengo cierto interés en ver cine animado QUE NO SEA DISNEY.
Hoy me levantado con ganillas de una aventura clásica, con persecuciones, y trampas, y humor, y traiciones, y alianzas, y princesas indefensas, y malos malísimos con secuaces patéticos, y bodas que impedir por algún motivo, y tesoros, y héroes listillos y un poco canallas, y compañeros majetes...
Hoy he matado dos pájaros de un tiro de forma SATISFACTORIA. Además, es la primera película del legendario Miyazaki, y me ha servido para verle menos solemne y poético y metiendo algo más de ritmo.
Mención especial para lo bien que está metida la necesaria exposición sobre los personajes y el trasfondo de la historia. Es de esa que no notas porque los diálogos son cojonudos.
Estoy enamorado de esta película, podria vivir pepetuamente en ella,
Gorgeous animation, spectacular action, and a funny and heartwarming story. So in that way it's like every Hayao Miyazaki movie. But since this was before he founded Studio Ghibli it was fascinating to see the ways it differs from the rest of his filmography and the ways it feels just it.
June Scavenger Hunt | Film #2, Task #5
A film directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
This was...really delightful to watch. I don't know why, but i'm always surprised when I come out of a film, thinking that it was delightful and fun. Not harmful in anyway. That it was probably fun making, as it was watching. IM JUST SO ????? GRATEFUL THAT MOVIES LIKE THIS EXIST, that I watch at 3am in the morning.