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Castle of Cagliostro
     

The Castle of Cagliostro

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Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Cast: Hayao Miyazaki

 

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Although Lupin III is a hugely successful animated series on television and film in Japan and the U.S., The Castle of Cagliostro is distinguished by its director, Hayao Miyazaki, who would later direct such animated classics as Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Mononoke Hime. The daring thief, Lupin, pulls off a heist in a Monte Carlo

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Although Lupin III is a hugely successful animated series on television and film in Japan and the U.S., The Castle of Cagliostro is distinguished by its director, Hayao Miyazaki, who would later direct such animated classics as Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Mononoke Hime. The daring thief, Lupin, pulls off a heist in a Monte Carlo casino, only to discover the money is counterfeit. He traces the fake bills to the small country of Cagliostro, where the evil Count is generating counterfeit money and distributing it worldwide. Lupin heads to Cagliostro with his partners in crime, a retired gangster, a modern-day samurai, and a beautiful female thief. There, they meet Princess Clarice, who is being forced into a marriage with the Count, and they also find themselves on the trail of a hidden treasure. The character animation is in the classic style of the Lupin III films, but is enhanced by Miyazaki's love of beautiful, detailed settings, and the storybook kingdom of Cagliostro would be echoed by his later films. This film is the favorite of fans worldwide, and stands alone as well as an installment in an ongoing series.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The first film written and directed by animé pioneer Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke), Castle of Cagliostro is a high-spirited adventure that foreshadows the visionary animator's future glories. Based loosely on 19th-century stories by French author Maurice LeBlanc, Cagliostro revolves around the daring escapades of Lupin III, the grandson of a famous French safecracker. As the film begins, young Lupin -- also known as "The Wolf" -- finds himself in the mythical kingdom of Cagliostro. His gallant attempts to rescue a damsel in distress pit this dashing adventurer against a sinister nobleman and eventually lead to the discovery of a long-lost treasure. Miyazaki's directorial enthusiasm is infectious, and even the most hard-hearted viewer will be beguiled by Lupin's feats of derring-do. Castle of Cagliostro, made in 1979, isn't as visually sophisticated as the director's later animated features, but it reveals the strong storytelling sense that characterizes Miyazaki's best films, making it a must for any animation library.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Legendary Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki made his feature directing debut with The Castle of Cagliostro, and it's a humdinger of an action film that should please his fans, fans of animation in general and fans of spy thrillers in the James Bond mode. Perhaps because Miyazaki is working with a previously-established character, the film doesn't feel as personal as some of the master's other works; that said, Cagliostro represented a major re-configuring of that character, the well-known in Japan Lupin III, grandson of the legendary French detective Arsene Lupin. (Depending on which of several versions of Cagliostro one sees, the character may be called by another name, such as Wolf or Rupan, due to a copyright issue.) But whatever compromises and changes have been made, the result is an exciting, enormously enjoyable story that is simply joyous. Even in his film debut, Miyazaki demonstrates mastery of the medium, telling a tale that seems to be moving at a breakneck speed but which actually takes time to pause and linger over details in a most appealing manner that accentuates rather than derails the fast pace of the film. The character animation is not as fluid as some of Miuyazaki's later work, but it is still more than effective, and the backgrounds are stunning. Fight sequences are handled with assurance, and characterization is simple but clear and precise. Cagliostro is a swell way to pass the time and will appeal to all those who enjoy a rollicking good time.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2006
UPC:
0013138206695
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Manga Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Interview with animation director Yasuo Ohtsuka; complete animatic -- storyboards with feature soundtrack; original storyboards; original character and set drawings; fans gallery; trailers.

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Lupin the III: The Castle of Cagliostro
1. Funny Money [8:40]
2. The Crest Connection [9:08]
3. Late Night Rumble [7:09]
4. Well Planned Operation [7:12]
5. Old Friends [8:43]
6. Part of the Job [8:08]
7. The Castle's Secrets [7:42]
8. Fire! [9:24]
9. The Recovery [7:32]
10. Wedding Crashers [7:26]
11. Count Vrs. Thief [10:25]
12. A Hidden Treasure [10:31]

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The Castle of Cagliostro 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie features the famous character Lupin III in his greatest adventure, to find and stop an international counterfeiting scheme, work with his arch-nemesis Zenigata, and save a beautiful girl along the way. This is the best of the Lupin franchise, and possibly the best anime movie ever. We get a little insight into Lupin's past, and of course there are the usual thrills, chills, chases, and narrow escapes that Lupin always goes through. One part that struck me was the portrayal of Zenigata. Normally, he's a bumbling, keystone cop-type character, but here his character is more three-dimensional and a good investigator. Nicely done. Even if you're not an anime fan, you will like this.
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