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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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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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Also Known As:

Arsene Lupin and the Castle of Cagliostro  »

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JPY 5,000,000,000 (estimated)
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The "Lupin III" creator, Monkey Punch, did not seek permission from Maurice Leblanc's estate to use the name of Arsène Lupin, and at that time Japan did not enforce trade copyrights. This led to copyright issues once Lupin's popularity spread to North America and Europe, (the name was still permitted in Japan however), and in English translations of the film, the protagonist was known as either "Wolf" (the direct meaning of "Lupin") or "Rupan" (the Japanese pronunciation of the word) See more »

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In the clock tower, Lupin undoes a bolt by turning it clock-wise. See more »

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[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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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are a montage of Lupin and Jigen on their way to Cagliostro. See more »

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Edited into Cliff Hanger (1983) See more »

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Fire Treasure
Lyrics by Jun Hashimoto
Music by Yûji Ohno
Performed by 'Bobby (XLI)'
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Stephen Spielburg once said it was one of the greatest adventure films of all time...
30 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

And I have to say, to some extent, I agree with him. This is certainly the funniest of the pre-Studio Ghibli movies, all of which are extremely good. Even PomPoko and Cat Returns, considered as the weakest Ghibli efforts are well worth watching. Anyway, the best aspect of Castle of Cagliostro is the hilarious mix of James Bond, Hitchcock and the Marx Brothers. When Zenigata is flying the plane, that is one of the funniest bits of the film, as it reminds me of that hilarious plane scene from It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. The title song is so beautiful, and I have it in my head still while writing this review. The script is witty, and very inspired, and the character of Lupin is very likable. The Count isn't exactly sinister, but he is a very convincing and somewhat creepy villain. The animation is very good, as are the voice talents, none of the stars are huge names, unlike Princess Mononoke and the Cat Returns. I also want to say, Studio Ghibli do so many landmark animes, that are completely superior to the atrocious follow up movies from Pokemon. Before I round off, there is one thing, I am confused about. Is Clarice a lady, or a princess, because the version I have on DVD, I think is different to the one I saw on TV? Anyway, Castle of Cagliostro is a 9/10. Bethany Cox


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