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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.
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.
Hayao Miyazaki is undoubtedly a legend at this point. Easily the most universally known and loved maker of anime (not to mention one of the most well renowned directors, period), his films have become massive hits in his native Japan, here in the US, and all around the world. His feature length debut, The Castle of Cagliostro, came about through his years of working on the anime series Lupin III, to which the film serves as a theatrical side story in their normal adventures. Cagliostro marked the beginning of an illustrious career of directing, and while the film isn’t particularly memorable, it serves as a highly entertaining first feature, hearkening back to those Saturday morning cartoons I used to watch as a kid, which were obviously influenced by Miyazaki, and anime as a whole.
Story's a generic "gentleman thief" adventure, not too far removed from, say, Danger: Diabolik or any of a dozen James Bond movies. Convoluted as hell, too, though its convolutions have relatively little consequence. Has momentum, though, as well as some thrilling action and gorgeous scenery, the latter spread across a lake, some ruins, and the castle's labyrinthine interior. Pretty unsophisticated if also sufficiently entertaining. (Furthermore, it reminded me how many Miyazaki movies involve castles: this, the one in the Sky, Howl's Moving one, and that's not to mention the vast bathhouse in Spirited Away.)
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.
Very exciting and action packed film. The pacing was excellent and the storyline and characters were great and interesting the entire running time.
Hayao Miyazaki's involvement as director was apparent as this felt very alike Laputa: Castle In The Sky, which is my favourite Studio Ghibli film. This was the first Lupin the Third film I'd seen and I loved it. I'll definitely be checking out more.
One of the greatest action/adventure movies ever made. Miyazaki directing a Lupin film is pretty much a dream come true.
A fantastic directorial debut of Hayao. I'm ashamed that I haven't watched it sooner.
It's quite a bit different to anything else he's done, and the film lacks his signature themes of nature. But it still has the fun and charm of all of his later films.
It's definitely one of the best capers I've ever watched. And I feel like it was a good introduction into the world of Lupin III, and I'm excited about what to watch next in the series.
Starting my Miyazaki film-watching. Had some interesting visuals but definitely feels like an adaptation of a television show. Cool to finally meet Lupin the Third but from what I understand, this is a kind portrayal of what is usually a shadier character. May review this again in light of more Miyazaki films, if I see some directorial signatures emerge.
Part of me felt that this film didn't fit into the Studio Ghibli collection at all (being produced before the studio's formation), but the other part of me felt that it had so many similarly charming characteristics as the other films as well as many of the director's trademarks at the same time. It's certainly a little rough around the edges but the crime adventure story is a great one.
Hayao Miyazaki's feature film debut is a breathless action comedy, in the vein of Roger Moore's James Bond, it has really brilliant action set-pieces and a consistently amusing sense of humour.
Not exactly my favourite drawing style and obviously, the damsel in distress plot device is nothing new, but an interesting story nevertheless and great action scenes. Loved it when old enemies came/worked together.
Wow, I'm impressed. The completionist in me compelled me to watch Miyazaki's supposed "first feature," which he wasn't even alone in directing. The lover of intelligent Bond-style thrillers in me kept me watching--glued to the screen actually.
Prior to this I caught some 1970s Lupin III TV show episodes featuring these characters on Hulu; they were mostly silly and dated, if professionally executed. So I was skeptical of the feature film featuring the ridiculous caricatures/characters and crude humour (the 'samurai' slices so fast the enemies are naked before we see anything happen, and the female protagonist almost always ends up topless it seems), almost twenty years before the film that changed my idea of what animation could be, "Princess Mononoke."…
Miyazaki, the anime auteur known for MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO and PRINCESS MONONOKE, achieved his first international hit with this early offering. Just studio hackwork, before he could start on his own stuff? Probably, but it's fun nevertheless and a decent 100 minutes. Crude-looking characters, fuzzy and cartoonish most of the time, but some brilliant art and a quirky/cool trip. It has interesting music (bouncy jazz) and a flair for crisp, kooky '70s Europe (from the perspective of Japanese animators). THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO is a swell enough ride.
The core is a gentleman thief named Arsène Lupin III and his sidekick Daisuke Jigen, from the manga series Lupin III created by the artist Monkey Punch. Excellent Bond-esque adventure series: wild,…
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