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Castle of Cagliostro (Bilingual)

Bob Bergen , Steve Bulen , Hayao Miyazaki    Unrated   DVD
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Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro) achieved his first international hit with this delightful 1979 adventure yarn. Quick-paced, high-spirited, and loaded with wit, Cagliostro is a dandy throwback to the caper pictures of the '60s. International man of mystery Lupin III stumbles back into the picturesque European duchy of Cagliostro with his faithful and gruff sidekick, Jigen. They will encounter, in no particular order, a runaway bride, a magical ring, an evil count with a dastardly plan, an inspector bent on catching Lupin, perilous rooftop chases, hooded guards with superhuman powers, a well-used dungeon, a counterfeiting scheme, and an ancient mystery promising grand treasure. Lupin deploys an array of Bond-type gadgets, razor-sharp wit, and a surprise up both his sleeves. Despite the hail of bullets, this caper is great fun, never taking itself seriously. Miyazaki's career illustrates how limiting the term anime can be for these films; there are hardly more than 10 live-action films of this genre as entertaining. Far less mean than Hollywood fare, it nevertheless is for ages 9 and up with language and gunplay. The Lupin character has been featured in other anime films, but never as successfully or with as much fun as in Miyazaki's film. The new English-language dubbing is excellent to boot. --Doug Thomas

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Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro) Achieved His First International Hit With This Delightful 1979 Adventure Yarn. Reknowned International Thief Lupin Iii Comes To The Small European Duchy Of Cagliostro To Investigate Some Excellently-Forged Money And Stumbles Across A National Conspiracy Going Back Some Hundreds Of Years. Lupin And His Friends Must Rescue The Beautiful Clarice From The Hands Of The Evil Count Cagliostro And Solve The Mystery Of A Hidden Treasure Dating Back To The 15Th Century.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD Review Jan. 3 2004
Castle of Cagliostro is Miyazaki's first feature and stars the characters of the Lupin series. Miyazaki worked on much of the first season of Lupin and did two episodes in the second including the finale. I haven't been able to determine if these episodes are avaible on any in-print English release. While the animation is considerably cruder then Miyazaki's later works, the film is filled with thrilling adventure and fun humor. The breakneck pace and knock out action set pieces make up for the cruder animation style. Even without any prior knowledge of the Lupin characters, the story is simple to follow. Only the appearances of the female spy and the samurai seemed odd to an unititated viewer.
Film: 4 stars out of 5.

It is not Miyazaki's best, but it is easy to see his style emerging. The character designs for the count and the bride would soon appear in Nausicaa as Kurotawa and Nausicaa. Castle of Cagliostro is a great adventure film, but lacks the emotional realism and epic narratives that make up his later films. It may be Miyazaki's best on a pure entertainment factor. Think of it as a James Bond film by way of Pink Panther with Jackie Chan.
Manga's dvd is less then stellar. Picture quality is dicey. Most of the time the picture is fine with good color, but there are problems that pop up. Black spots appear on the film from time to time and several times heavy black blobs show up on the frame. The print also suffers for instances when the images shudders and appears to shake a bit when there isn't movement in the frame. These problems do detract, but generally they didn't distract from my viewing.
The video is presented in letterboxed format with subs that are half on the frame, half on black. I avoided the dub because the Japanese audio was just fine.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now we're cooking with gas!! April 27 2004
This is the cream of Lupin films and was created by a celibrated master storyteller and director. It's got everything a good adventure aught to have. The dashing roguesh hero. His faithful assosiates of great skill and daring. A beutiful damisal in distress. And evil and dastertly villan. Lost tresure. Harrowing escapes and great car chases. All of which are crammed into this rip-roaring ride that is Castle of Cagliostro. Throw in international esponage and intrege. Add a dash of comic relief.While stirring in the boys from Interpol and you get the general idea. This film simply ROCKS!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the classics by Hayao Miyazaki Sept. 14 2011
By Cassisa
A castle with a secret, a princess that holds one of the keys to a kingdom, and a charming thief who has his eyes on a vast fortune. If you enjoy adventure, mystery and a bit of romance this anime is probably for you.
I saw this one in its original Japanese and found myself wanting to watch it again.
Though I have to admit some of the humour (and the stunts that the characters perform) are kind of silly, it still has that Miyazaki magic that draws you into the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun anime caper film Oct. 14 2010
As others have said, the animation and character development are not as sophisticated as in Miyazaki's later works, but it is a fun caper story, with a lot of action and humor. I've never seen any other Lupin stories, and it's not necessary to have done so to understand the characters or story. I gave it to my daughter for her 9th birthday, and she loves it, as she does all of the other Miyazaki films she's seen. The only problem is that the female characters are not particularly strong, or, like the female spy, have very limited roles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great caper film which happens to be anime. May 3 2004
By John IV
Monday, May 03, 2004 / 4 of 5 / Great caper film which happens to be anime. This was my first full length film exposure to the Lupin mythos. Long ago I had played the laser disc game 'Cliffhanger' in the arcades when it first came out, it incorporated most of its plot and scenes from this movie. It was great to finally see the whole thing as I only ever made it about half way through the game, heh. Lupin and sidekick rob a casino and during the ensuing pursuit happen upon a princess chased by thugs. Ultimately leading back to a castle, a count, and a small country holding secrets to counterfeiting and beyond this was an excellent early anime with a great plot. It's interesting to see the character and stylistic cues later anime, particularly Cowboy Bebop, took from the Lupin saga. The plot was what surprised me the most, very sophisticated and entertaining for an anime, it was almost like an animated Bond film, or similar spy caper/mystery. Recommended.
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This film is great! A great mix of genres(suspense, action, romance, humor), a feel-good tone throughout the film, and a great, light-hearted story make this a must-see film for anime fans and even non-anime ones. Fujiko goes from being brunette to blonde in this one, although it's not really important. A bit of Lupin's past is revealed when he and Jigen trail a counterfeiter to Castle Cagliostro. What can I say? It's just good. The English dubbing(on the DVD, as I've never heard the original English dub) is excellent, far beyond the horrid dubbing used for the TV series. Unlike Tony Oliver, David Hayter(Metal Gear Solid) does a perfect job of capturing the same tone of the late Yasuo Yamada. Sadly, this was the first and last Lupin show/movie he did(as of now). The dubbing people of the Lupin TV series should watch this film and pay attention on how to make a good dub! But enough said, the movie's EXCELLENT!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The castlew of Cagliostro
This movie is interesting and if your looking fro an action packed movie this is it. This movie isn't rated and does contain fowl language. Read more
Published on July 19 2003 by D.M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Weak Miyazaki, but Great Lupin
If you're coming to CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO after having admired Miyazaki's other work, you'll be extremely disappointed - it's his first feature as a director, and is clearly a... Read more
Published on July 13 2003 by Timothy Liebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Different from Miyazaki's latest releases
Many of Miyazaki's latest releases are quite different from this film. While the films, such as Princess Mononoke, are amazing works they are far more serious than this film. Read more
Published on July 8 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars The Castle of Cagliostro
I love most of Miyazaki's animation pictures. Actually I have been a Miyazaki fan since 1978, when I saw his anime on TV at the first time. Read more
Published on June 13 2003 by Baroque
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Film
I've seen alot of Lupin III movies and I've seen alot of Miyazaki's films. But this one stands out as by far the best of them. I think it is possibly the best anime made. Read more
Published on May 23 2003 by Brian M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic
Dont let the fact that this anime produced over 20 years ago sway you from watching this classic. Its definitely one my favorite Miyazaki productions. Read more
Published on May 20 2003 by greensbeans
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Films Ever Made
Hayao Miyazaki has been called the Akira Kurosawa of Animation, and the Disney of Japan. Neither term is sufficient to describe his genius. Read more
Published on May 9 2003 by Strategos
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