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:
Yasuo Yamada ...
Eiko Masuyama ...
Fujiko Mine (voice)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ...
Daisuke Jigen (voice)
Makio Inoue ...
Gorô Naya ...
Sumi Shimamoto ...
Lady Clarisse d' Cagliostro (voice)
Tarô Ishida ...
Kôhei Miyauchi ...
Gardener (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ...
Jodo (voice)
Tadamichi Tsuneizumi ...
Gustav (voice)
Kinzô Azusa ...
Archbishop (voice)
Shôzô Hirabayashi ...
Interpol Secretary General (voice)
Mikio Terashima ...
West German Delegate (voice)
Akio Nojima ...
Japanese Delegate (voice)
Minoru Midorikawa ...
Servant (voice)


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 <>

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Release Date:

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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sumi Shimamoto was chosen by Hayao Miyazaki to voice Clarisse after having auditioned for the title role of Anne of Green Gables (1979), which Miyazaki was working on. Although Shimamato failed to get the role of Anne, Miyazaki liked her voice so much he hired her for this film. See more »


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 »


[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 »


Referenced in Shanghai Knights (2003) See more »


Honô no Takaramono (Treasure of the Flames)
Lyrics by Jun Hashimoto
Music by Yûji Ôno
Performed by Bobby
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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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