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Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
"Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro" (original title)

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A flamboyant thief and his gang struggle to free a princess from an evil count's clutches and to learn the hidden secret to a fabulous treasure that she holds part of a key to.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Wolf (voice)
Steve Bulen ...
Jigen (voice)
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Edie Mirman ...
Fujiko (voice)
Joan-Carol O'Connell ...
Clarisse (voice) (as Joan Carol O'Connell)
Jeff Winkless ...
Jodo (voice)
Kirk Thornton ...
Gustav (voice)
Mike Reynolds ...
Walter (voice)
Steve Kramer ...
Goemon (voice)
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Waitress (voice) (as Julie Donald)
Kerrigan Mahan ...
Sam (voice)
Tom Wyner ...
American Councilman (voice)
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Young Clarisse (voice)
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Interpol Officer (voice) (as Steve Apostolina)
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Reknowned international thief Lupin III (known as "Wolf" in the English dub) 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. Written by Christopher E. Meadows <cmeadows@nyx.cs.du.edu>

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15 December 1979 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Arsene Lupin and the Castle of Cagliostro  »

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JPY 5,000,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The cars driven by the main characters are based on real vehicles:
  • Lupin's car is a 1969 Italian Fiat 500, which animation director Yasuo Ôtsuka had once owned;


  • Clarisse's automobile is a French Citroen 2CV, which Hayao Miyazaki notes as being the first car he ever owned;


  • the men chasing Clarisse were driving a 1940 British Humber Super Snipe vehicle


  • Zenigata's car is a Japanese Nissan Bluebird;


  • and Zenigata's men were in a 1943 Canadian GM Military Pattern truck, of which Yasuo Ôtsuka had made a detailed sketch of in his childhood.


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As Lupin is pointing out the Count's castle to Jigen, the time shown on the clock tower jumps from 7:10 to 7:20 between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Daisuke Jigen: We got five billion in various denominations! It's a shower of bills, look out!
[a pile falls on Lupin]
Lupin III: There's a lot of them, isn't there? More! Bury me with them!
[Jigen buries Lupin with the bills as ordered, but sees Lupin look downcast]
Daisuke Jigen: What's wrong, Lupin?
Lupin III: Dump them.
Daisuke Jigen: WHAT?
Lupin III: These are fakes. Good ones, but fakes.
Daisuke Jigen: These? It can't be! We stole these from the vault of the national casino!
[...]
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The opening credits are a montage of Lupin and Jigen on their way to Cagliostro. See more »

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Fire Treasure
Lyrics by Jun Hashimoto
Music by Yûji Ohno
Performed by 'Bobby (XLI)'
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What a movie!
26 February 2002 | by (Plattsmouth, NE) – See all my reviews

I have two Japanese animated feature films from 1979, this one and one of the sequels to Space Battleship Yamato. Compared to the animation in Yamato (which is flat and often motionless), Lupin is Snow White. There is so much movement (more than some of Miyazaki's later films), and there are some truly incredible "set" pieces (Lupin scaling a sheer castle wall, for instance). One of the things that has always been noted about Japanese animation is that while it's not as fluid as Disney animation (12 frames per second as opposed to 24, not to mention the animation is generally before the voice track), it has incredible style and originality in its design and cinematography. Lupin is a perfect example of this, and it's no wonder the movie is still so well revered in Japan.


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