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  (in credits order)
Yasuo Yamada ... Arsène Lupin III (voice)
Eiko Masuyama ... Fujiko Mine (voice)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ... Daisuke Jigen (voice)
Makio Inoue ... Goemon Ishikawa XIII (voice)
Gorô Naya ... Inspector Kôichi Zenigata (voice)
Sumi Shimamoto ... Lady Clarisse d' Cagliostro (voice)
Tarô Ishida ... Count Lazare d' Cagliostro (voice)
Kôhei Miyauchi ... Gardener (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ... Jodo (voice)
Tadamichi Tsuneizumi ... Gustav (voice)
Kinpei Azusa ... Archbishop (voice) (as Kinzô Azusa)
Shôzô Hirabayashi ... Interpol Secretary General (voice)
Mikio Terashima ... West German Delegate (voice)
Akio Nojima ... Japanese Delegate (voice)
Minoru Midorikawa ... Servant (voice)
Osamu Saka ... British Delegate (voice)
Junkichi Kamada ... Soviet Delegate (voice)
Masayuki Katô ... Printing Chief (voice)
Eken Mine ... Archbishop's Driver / Riot Squad Member / Drunk Tourist (voice)
Juji Matsuda ... Saitama Police Riot Squad Leader (voice)
Yôko Yamaoka ... Waitress (voice)

Bob Bergen ... Wolf (Streamline dub) / Fake Ring (Streamline dub) (voice: English version)
Steve Bulen ... Jigen (Streamline dub) / Italian Councilman (Streamline dub) / Mustached Councilman (Streamline dub) (voice: English version)

Michael McConnohie ... Count Cagliostro (Streamline dub) (voice: English version)

David Povall ... Inspector Keibu Zenigata (Streamline dub) (voice: English version)
Edie Mirman ... Fujiko (Streamline dub) (voice: English version)
Joan-Carol O'Connell ... Clarisse (Streamline dub) (voice: English version) (as Joan Carol O'Connell)
Jeff Winkless ... Jodo (Streamline dub) / Interpol Chair (Streamline dub) (voice: English version)
Kirk Thornton ... Gustav (Streamline dub) / Archbishop (Streamline dub) / Count Cagliostro (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version)(Manga Video dub only) (as Sparky Thornton)
Mike Reynolds ... Walter (Streamline dub) / German Councilman (Streamline dub) (voice: English version)
Steve Kramer ... Goemon (Streamline dub) / Servant 1 (Streamline dub) (voice: English version)

Juliana Donald ... Waitress (Streamline dub) (voice: English version) (as Julie Donald)
Kerrigan Mahan ... Cpt. Sam (Streamline dub) / French Councilman (Streamline dub) / Japanese Councilman (Streamline dub) / Goemon's Final Opponent (Streamline dub) / Patron (Streamline dub) (voice: English version)
Tom Wyner ... American Councilman (Streamline dub) / Man Playing Cards (Streamline dub) / Counterfeiter (Streamline dub) / British Councilman (Streamline dub) / Russian Councilman (Streamline dub) / Mustached Councilman (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version)(Manga Video dub only) (as Abe Lasser)

Barbara Goodson ... Young Clarisse (Streamline dub) / Woman Playing Cards (Streamline dub) (voice: English version)

Stephen Apostolina ... Interpol Officer (Streamline dub) / Archbishop's driver (Streamline dub) (voice: English version) (as Steve Apostolina)

William Bassett ... Counterfeiter (Manga Video dub) / Whispering Councilman (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as Fred Bloggs)
Tony Clay ... American Councilman (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as Wayne Anthony)

Richard Miro ... (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as Elliot Reynolds)
Peter Spellos ... Interpol Chairman (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as G. Gordon Baer)
Susan Chavez ... (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version)
Lauren Benjamin ... (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version)

Kevin Brief ... (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as Kevin Guy)
David Waterhouse ... (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version)

Keith Diamond ... (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as Keith R. Washington)

John Snyder ... Daisuke Jigen (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as Ivan Buckley)
David Jeffries ... (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version)

Jeff Nimoy ... Archbishop's Driver (Manga Video dub) / Italian Delegate (Manga Video dub) / Restaurant Patron (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version)
Jamieson Price ... Zenigata's Second-in-command (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as James Lyon)
Gloria Gines ... (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version)
B.D. Vesbite ... (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version)
Steve McGowan ... Servant (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as Richard Plantagenet)
Carol Stanzione ... (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version)
Bridget Hoffman ... Clarisse d' Cagliostro (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as Ruby Marlowe)

Beau Billingslea ... Casino Police (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as John Daniels)

Adam Sholder ... (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version)
Christopher Cunnington ... (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version)
Paul St. Peter ... French Councilman (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as George C. Cole)
Milton James ... Jodo (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as Richard Barnes)

Michael Forest ... Archbishop (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as Alfred Thor)
Sensil Astoroth ... (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version)
Joe Romersa ... Gustav (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version)
Dyanne DiRosario ... Bar Waitress (Manga Video dub) / Woman Playing Cards (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as Bambi Darro)
Dorothy Elias-Fahn ... Fujiko Mine (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as Dorothy Melendrez)

David Hayter ... Arsene Lupin III (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as Sean Barker)
Barry Stigler ... Christopher (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as Gil Starberry)
Andrew Ebert ... (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version)
Ken Zhee ... Japanese Councilman (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version)
Kevin Seymour ... Inspector Zenigata (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (as Dougary Grant)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Epcar ... Goemon Ishikawa XIII (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Michael Gregory ... Goemon Ishikawa XIII (Manga Video dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Carl Macek ... Interpol Officer (Streamline dub) / Servant (Streamline dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Hayao Miyazaki 
Writing credits
Monkey Punch (graphic novel series)

Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay) &
Haruya Yamazaki (screenplay)

Mary Mason (ADR script) (2000 Manga Entertainment English dub)

Maurice Leblanc  characters (as Môrisu Ruburan)

Produced by
Yutaka Fujioka .... executive producer
Laurence Guinness .... executive producer (2000 Manga Entertainment English dub)
Haruyo Kanesaku .... producer (2000 Manga Entertainment English dub)
Tetsuo Katayama .... producer
Carl Macek .... producer (Streamline Pictures English dub)
Yutaka Maseba .... producer (2000 Manga Entertainment English dub)
Original Music by
Yûji Ôno 
Cinematography by
Hirokata Takahashi 
Film Editing by
Masatoshi Tsurubuchi 
Art Direction by
Shichirô Kobayashi  (as Shichiro Kobayashi)
Production Management
Hisao Saitô .... chief production staff
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shigetsugu Yoshida .... assistant director
Art Department
Hayao Miyazaki .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Phil Brewster .... re-recording mixer
Les Claypool III .... additional sound effects (2000 Manga Entertainment version)
Les Claypool III .... final mix (2000 Manga Entertainment version)
Lisa Hannon .... additional sound effects (2000 Manga Entertainment version)
Hideyasu Iizuka .... sound mixer
Satoshi Kato .... recording director: Tôhoku Shinsha
Shizuo Kurahashi .... sound effects editor: Tôyô Onkyô
Visual Effects by
Joe Romersa .... digital tracking (2000 Manga Entertainment version)
Camera and Electrical Department
Akio Hirayama .... camera operator: Takahashi Production
Tadashi Hosono .... camera operator: Takahashi Production
Masao Miyauchi .... camera operator: Takahashi Production
Yoshinori Nakamura .... camera operator: Takahashi Production
Keizô Saitô .... camera operator: Takahashi Production (as Keizo Saito)
Takuo Suzuki .... camera operator: Takahashi Production
Norihisa Takahashi .... camera operator: Takahashi Production
Katsumi Ôta .... camera operator: Takahashi Production (as Katsumi Ohta)
Animation Department
Katsushi Aoki .... background artist: Kobayashi Production
Yasunao Aoki .... inbetween artist
Yûko Fujie .... background artist: Kobayashi Production (as Yuko Fujie)
Sachiko Hamada .... inbetween artist
Masayo Hamahata .... inbetween artist
Keiko Hara .... animation checker
Shunsuke Harada .... inbetween artist
Saburo Hashimoto .... inbetween artist
Masako Hayashi .... inbetween artist
Naoya Hayashi .... ink and paint artist: E.G. World
Yumiko Hayashi .... background artist: Kobayashi Production
Kumiko Hirama .... inbetween artist
Toshiyuki Hiruma .... inbetween artist
Kaoru Honda .... inbetween artist
Tsutomu Ishigaki .... background artist: Kobayashi Production
Norichika Iwakiri .... ink and paint artist: Studio Killy
Jinzaburo Kaiho .... background artist: Kobayashi Production
Ryôko Kashiwada .... inbetween artist (as Ryoko Kashiwada)
Noriko Kato .... ink and paint artist: Shaft
Kyoko Kawanaka .... inbetween artist
Hideo Kawauchi .... key animator (as Hideo Kawachi)
Yayoi Kobayashi .... inbetween artist
Junko Kojima .... inbetween artist
Hiroko Kondô .... color designer (as Hiroko Kondo)
Miyuki Kudo .... background artist: Kobayashi Production
Yumiko Kumamoto .... inbetween artist
Jôji Manabe .... key animator (as Jyoji Manabe)
Koichi Maruyama .... key animator (as Koji Maruyama)
Satoshi Matsuoka .... background artist: Kobayashi Production
Yoshinobu Michihata .... inbetween artist
Hayao Miyazaki .... character designer
Toshiharu Mizutani .... background artist: Kobayashi Production
Rieko Mochizuki .... inbetween artist
Hitoshi Nanba .... inbetween artist
Hiromasa Ogura .... background artist: Kobayashi Production
Kunitoshi Okajima .... ink and paint artist: Studio Korumi
Koji Ono .... background artist: Kobayashi Production (as Hiroshi Ohno)
Masanori Ono .... inbetween artist
Masami Ozaki .... inbetween artist
Yoko Sakurai .... inbetween artist
Hideyo Sano .... inbetween artist
Harumi Shibata .... inbetween artist
Yoshihiro Shida .... inbetween artist
Akiko Shimada .... animation checker
Keiko Shimazu .... inbetween artist
Junko Shimozaki .... inbetween artist
Nobumasa Shinkawa .... key animator
Masako Shinohara .... key animator
Noriko Shiotani .... ink and paint artist: Studio Targe
Chisato Sunagawa .... cel checker
Yukio Suzuki .... inbetween artist
Miwako Takagi .... inbetween artist
Atsuko Tanabe .... inbetween artist
Atsuko Tanaka .... key animator
Tsukasa Tannai .... key animator
Nobuo Tomizawa .... key animator
Kazuhide Tomonaga .... design supervisor
Kazuhide Tomonaga .... key animator
Yôko Tsukada .... inbetween artist (as Yoko Tsukada)
Junko Tsutsumi .... inbetween artist
Masayo Yamamoto .... cel checker
Nizô Yamamoto .... background artist: Telecom (as Nizo Yamamoto)
Toshio Yamauchi .... key animator (as Shojyuro Yamauchi)
Yôko Yoshimura .... inbetween artist (as Yoko Yoshimura)
Miwako Ôsato .... inbetween artist (as Miwako Ohsato)
Yasuo Ôtsuka .... animation director (as Yasuo Ohtsuka)
Yasuo Ôtsuka .... character designer (as Yasuo Ohtsuka)
Yasuo Ôtsuka .... design supervisor (as Yasuo Ohtsuka)
Editorial Department
C.P. Booth .... on-line editor (2000 Manga Entertainment version) (as CP Booth)
Kazuko Takahashi .... negative cutter
Music Department
Seiji Suzuki .... music coordinator
Other crew
Takayasu Fujii .... titles
Jenny Haniver .... director: English adaptation (2000 Manga Entertainment dub)
Mikihiro Iwata .... production staff
Robin Leyden .... translation: 1992 Streamline Pictures English dub
Osamu Maseba .... production coordinator (2000 Manga Entertainment dub)
Neil Nadelman .... translation/subtitle timing: ZRO Limit Productions (2000 Manga Entertainment dub)
Kenji Nakamura .... production coordinator (2000 Manga Entertainment dub)
Reed Nelson .... liner notes: Discotek Media DVD
Kei Onishi .... production coordinator (2000 Manga Entertainment dub)
Frederick Patten .... translation: 1992 Streamline Pictures English dub (as Fred Patten)
Joe Romersa .... director: English adaptation (2000 Manga Entertainment dub)
Kazuhiko Yanauchi .... production staff
Rikio Yoshida .... production staff

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Also Known As:
"Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro" - Japan (original title)
"Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro" - International (English title)
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100 min | USA:102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Argentina:13 (DVD rating) | Australia:PG | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Canada:PG | Chile:TE (film festival rating) (2015) | Finland:K-3 (DVD rating: 2009) | Finland:K-8 (video rating: 1997) | France:Tous publics | Germany:6 | Ireland:PG | Japan:R (original rating) | Japan:G (re-rating) (2000) | Netherlands:6 | New Zealand:PG (original rating) | New Zealand:M (re-rating) | Norway:7 (2010) | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | UK:PG | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

The readers of the manga magazine "Animage" voted this film as the best anime in history in November 2001.See more »
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Version of Lupin III: Green vs. Red (2008) (V)See more »
Honô no Takaramono (Treasure of the Flames)See more »


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35 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Best Animated Movie Ever, 28 January 2001
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

The second big screen outing of Lupin III is already one of the best Anime movies ever made, while rivalling anything Disney or Pixar has to offer. Green ogres, fat superheroes or a zillion gigabytes of computer animation still cannot compare to 12 frames of hand drawn charm.

For the uninitiated, Lupin III is the grandson of Arsene Lupin, the gentleman thief, created by Maurice Leblanc in the Twenties. He's always breaking into some impenetrable vault, or has a zillion gadgets up his sleeve to help with escaping if things go awry. He's also rather wacky and buffoonish, which makes his antics a joy to watch.

Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle), in his movie debut, tones down the out of control wackiness of the Lupin III TV show and gives Lupin a rather decent plot to dig his teeth into. This is not an excuse to string together a bunch of insane set pieces.

Seconds after robbing a Monte Carlo casino, Lupin and Jigen discover that every dollar note they have swiped is a fake. Only one place in the world is known to make these counterfeits and Lupin's underworld knowledge leads them to the tiny European country of Cagliostro (think Luxemburg, only much, much smaller).

Half a moment after crossing the border, Lupin and Jigen are involved in a car chase and rescue the Lady Clarisse from a bunch of goons. But she's promptly kidnapped again, though manages to leave Lupin a clue in the form of a strange wedding ring.

Their suspicions over the kidnapping lead them to the titular castle where they discover that an evil Count has seized control of the country, using - guess what? - funny money. And the ring is the key to a great treasure that can only be uncovered when the Lady Clarisse is married to the Count.

Lupin deliberately blows his cover to Inspector Zenigata (the perpetually stressed Interpol officer who is always chasing him) as a diversion, while he breaks into the castle to rescue Clarisse. What follows is scene after scene of hairs breadth escapes and impossible scenarios.

Miyazaki's attention to detail is what truly elevates this beyond typical animation quality. There are enough moments of quietness and atmosphere to balance out the loud scenes. A strong sense of setting also comes from the imaginative "photography". Too many animated movies disorientate the audience with frenetic direction and over-indulgence, but Castle Of Cagliostro works so much better by taking its time and choosing the best angles to cover the action. His trademark flying machines and overeating scenes make their first big screen appearance here.

Far from his typical sub-genre of eco-friendly animation, Miyazaki is obviously a big fan of Lupin and has made a movie that refuses to be missed. Even Spielberg called CoC "one of the best adventure movies ever." Any fan of Miyazaki should check out this film immediately.

One should be aware that the Maurice Leblanc estate doesn't entirely approve of the Lupin III franchise. As a result he is mostly known in the new Optimum Region 2 DVD version as "Wolf" (get it?). The Manga release of this film was entirely re-dubbed in English with Lupin restored but the new Optimum DVD uses the original English voice actors.

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