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The Castle of Cagliostro

1979 1h 42m Adventure Anime List
96% Tomatometer 23 Reviews 88% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings
In this animated feature, Arsene Lupin III, the world's most daring thief, pulls off a heist at a Monte Carlo casino. But, when he discovers his haul is nothing more than a pile of counterfeit bills, Lupin traces the money to a villainous count in the small country of Cagliostro. With his trusty comrades, Lupin travels to Cagliostro, where he meets a beautiful but unhappy princess. As Lupin tries to unravel the count's secrets, he find himself drawn into a bigger mystery. Read More Read Less
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Tracy Brown Los Angeles Times Particularly for those who have come to appreciate Miyazaki's better-known works, "The Castle of Cagliostro" is a must-see. Jul 31, 2021 Full Review Tasha Robinson Polygon It isn't just a stellar installment in the ongoing Lupin adventure, it's a Lupin story so specific and carefully calculated that it helped define the character for decades to come. Nov 3, 2020 Full Review Tasha Robinson AV Club This caper film possesses Miyazaki's usual good-hearted charm, but he injects a manically energetic humor that his more sedate children's films never quite achieve. Feb 28, 2020 Full Review Joonatan Itkonen Toisto.net Featuring some of the best action set pieces this side of a Jackie Chan movie, Castle of Cagliostro is one of Miyazaki’s most dazzling spectacles in his career. Rated: 5/5 Jul 3, 2024 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review Miyazaki makes astonishing use of Lupin III and therein finds his most straightforward exploration of adventure. Rated: 3.5/4 Jul 31, 2023 Full Review Mark Bozon IGN Movies A true masterpiece. Rated: 10/10 May 7, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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lolDDOSS really neat, old, and unique. must watch for anime enthusiasts Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/11/24 Full Review Alejandro E Un coctel de comedia y aventuras, con flashazos del cine clásico, que devino en el nacimiento de una leyenda viva de la animación. Sin mucha pretensión, es un agradable escapismo de 100 minutos. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/09/24 Full Review Holly S Meu, esse Lupin aqui é perfeito Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/27/23 Full Review Jay O A solid movie. Really liked the characters and story. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/29/23 Full Review Adam E Hayao Miyazaki's first animated feature film, The Castle Of Cagliostro, was released in 1979 and was the second feature based on the character of Lupin III. Miyazaki had worked on the anime series Lupin The 3rd Part I prior so the director was already very familiar with Lupin and his adventures, which were loosely based on the tales of Maurice Leblanc's fictional French thief Arsène Lupin. While the film was not technically made by Studio Ghibli (the studio didn't exist yet), this being Hayao Miyazaki's first film it has since been included in the company's filmography. There were criticisms launched at the film from some Lupin III fans who thought the film took some liberties with the characters and their personalities but Castle Of Cagliostro, despite this reaction and not being a huge hit upon its release, has since enjoyed cult recognition and even influenced the likes of John Lasseter (Pixar's co-founder), several Disney animators (see The Great Mouse Detective or Atlantis: The Lost Empire) and many other significant figures in the animation industry as well as, quite possibly, the Indiana Jones franchise. This is an appropriately old-fashioned and, frankly very French, kind of story about a thief rescuing a princess from a dungeon where she is being held against her will by a tyrannical Count. Miyazaki taking a page from classic fables, medieval stories and fairy tales like Beauty & The Beast and Rapunzel, but also the works of Alexandre Dumas: The Count Of Monte Cristo definitely standing out as a prominent influence here. The more poetic and thoughtful approach to this movie did clash a little with the anime's usual style, admittedly, but this was visibly an attempt to present a one-off, very different kind of tale with a somewhat more selfless and heroic Lupin at its heart. The film sees Lupin and his partner-in-crime Jigen rob a casino only to find that the money recovered is counterfeit. After an encounter with a woman named Clarisse, who was being chased by mysterious assailants, Lupin soon turns his attention to the Castle Of Cagliostro where he believes the fake money is being produced and Clarisse, who turns out to be a princess, is being held against her will by the evil Count. Lupin's quest soon becomes to rescue the princess and expose the Count's counterfeiting operation in the process thanks to his friends Goemon and Fujiko plus long time rival Inspector Koichi Zenigata, who proves to be a useful distraction. The genius of Hayao Miyazaki is already palpable throughout this movie: from the gorgeous, rich visuals to the slick animation, the clever surreal flourishes, perfectly timed notes of humor and the heartfelt storytelling. This feels like a timeless adventure from start to finish and it's very much designed so that anyone not familiar with Lupin III could still jump into this story easily, without the need for any backstory. Right away, you know who Lupin is, what he's about and the plot is so easy to follow that it's just a treat to sit back and enjoy the ride. This is a very funny film with light-hearted jokes and cartoonish action peppered all over but it does have an edge (the Count and his assassins are very creepy, Lupin is seriously injured) that helps give real weight to the story, providing enough drama and intensity to flesh out the familiar save-the-princess scenario and make the film feel like less like an extended episode of the anime and more like a big standalone movie. There's not much wrong at all with what is easily Hayao Miyazaki's first masterpiece: it presents an exciting, dramatic, visually stunning and fun adventure that not only showcases the best aspects of the Lupin character but also explores a more human side of him. Fans of Studio Ghibli, anime or animation in general should definitely not overlook this classic. Must-see. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/16/23 Full Review Prehistoric T This is one of the best introductions for viewers to both the Lupin the Third franchise as well as the dawn of Hayao Miyazaki's world of cinema. Definitely worth watching for both reasons. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/01/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In this animated feature, Arsene Lupin III, the world's most daring thief, pulls off a heist at a Monte Carlo casino. But, when he discovers his haul is nothing more than a pile of counterfeit bills, Lupin traces the money to a villainous count in the small country of Cagliostro. With his trusty comrades, Lupin travels to Cagliostro, where he meets a beautiful but unhappy princess. As Lupin tries to unravel the count's secrets, he find himself drawn into a bigger mystery.
Director
Hayao Miyazaki
Producer
Tetsuo Katayama, Carl Macek
Screenwriter
Hayao Miyazaki, Haruya Yamazaki
Genre
Adventure, Anime
Original Language
Japanese
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 8, 2019
Runtime
1h 42m
Aspect Ratio
Flat (1.85:1)
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