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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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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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The film was initially a flop in Japan as it set a lighter, more cartoonish tone than normally seen in the manga; however, it achieved classic status through reruns and re-releases. In contrast, in the U.S.A. it achieved incredible popularity, where the film's DVD had more sales than Lupin the 3rd (1977) DVD. See more »

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In the scene where Lupin saves Lady Clarisse from the shooters you can tell that the license plate ID changes continuously on all cars. 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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The opening credits are a montage of Lupin and Jigen on their way to Cagliostro. See more »

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Version of Lupin the Third: The Secret of Mamo (1978) See more »

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Fire Treasure
Lyrics by Jun Hashimoto
Music by Yûji Ohno
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The Adventures of Arsene Lupin III
22 January 2006 | by (Kent, UK) – See all my reviews

Early feature directed by the now world famous Japanese animator, Hayao Miyazaki. A roguish thief, Lupin III, attempts to save the Lady Clarisse de Cagliostro from an evil Count, both of them well aware that she holds the secret to a legendary hidden treasure.

The animation is, unsurprisingly, much less sophisticated than in the later Studio Ghibli films, or even those released only a few years after such as "Nausicaa". However, the quality is still very high and Miyazaki's trademark attention to detail, particularly with machines, is noticeable already.

The character animation is much broader and more obviously cartoon-like but this matches the very light tone of the film - this is an all-out action comedy adventure, after all! The details in the film give it a very European feel, from the costumes to the cars (wonderfully animated Fiat 500 and Citroen 2CV), and I was most reminded of Herge's "Tintin" adventure series.

This film is good fun, though I did find the pacing a little uneven, and particularly recommended to those who enjoy their animated films a bit simpler and more conventional than most of Studio Ghibli's output.


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