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.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I thought this might be a dated, early chimera of standard seventies anime and later Miyazaki but this is 100% a Studio Ghibli level film, just as deep and rich as Castle in the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Earl Bowler
It's a good film. The "Castle Of Cagliostro" is a nice little treat, for fans of Lupin, and Miyazaki in general. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ronin
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2011 by Cassisa
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2010 by A. Hardy
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. Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by John IV
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. Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by Erik E. Byberg
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2003