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Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro (1979)

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

Director:

Hayao Miyazaki

Writers:

Monkey Punch (graphic novel series), Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Tarô Ishida ... Count Lazare d' Cagliostro (voice)
Kôhei Miyauchi ... Gardener (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ... Jodo (voice)
Tadamichi Tsuneizumi Tadamichi Tsuneizumi ... Gustav (voice)
Kinpei Azusa Kinpei Azusa ... Archbishop (voice) (as Kinzô Azusa)
Shôzô Hirabayashi Shôzô Hirabayashi ... Interpol Secretary General (voice)
Mikio Terashima Mikio Terashima ... West German Delegate (voice)
Akio Nojima Akio Nojima ... Japanese Delegate (voice)
Minoru Midorikawa Minoru Midorikawa ... Servant (voice)
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Storyline

After successfully robbing the Monte Carlo Casino, Lupin The Third and Jigen Daisuke soon learn that their money is in fact counterfeit and they go after the man responsible: Count Lazare de Cagliostro. The two soon find out that the Count is behind something far worse than counterfeiting money for casinos: he has been keeping a family secret hidden deep in his castle. Can Lupin find out what this is and live to tell the tale? With the help of Jigen and the wise samurai Goemon Ishikawa XIII, Lupin is hell-bent on finding out the Cagliostro family's secret fortune and make it his own. Written by Johnny

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Believe in the Thief See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English | French

Release Date:

15 December 1979 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Arsene Lupin and the Castle of Cagliostro See more »

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Budget:

JPY 5,000,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

TMS Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

A newspaper clipping bears the date "Mercredi [Wednesday], 12 Septembre, 1968." However, September 12, 1968 was actually a Thursday. 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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Crazy Credits

The opening credits is a montage of Lupin and Jigen traveling to Cagliostro. See more »

Alternate Versions

German VHS release by VCL was cut by around 16 minutes. The DVD release from Anime Virtual is uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lupin III: Just Then, An Old Buddy Said Something (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Honô no Takaramono (Treasure of the Flames)
Lyrics by Jun Hashimoto
Music by Yûji Ôno
Performed by Bobby
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Great early effort by Miyazaki
21 December 2000 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Ever since I first viewed the Disney-released version of Princess Mononoke last year, I have done everything in my power to see Hayao Miyazaki's other films. My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service, at least the dubbed versions, were readily available, and they were perfect. The next one I found was this film. It was released on DVD by Manga company. This one does not contain the visual mastery, or even the storytelling mastery, as the other three films of his that I've seen, but there is definitely great promise shining through. The animation is not great. It's a lot more stiff than what would come later. There are a few physics-defying scenes that kind of made me cringe (the car driving sideways up a steep incline, Lupin jumping off the roof of the castle is still able to catch the side of a turret). The story is quite good. It has a lot of excitement, reminiscent of the Indiana Jones movies. The characters are fun. In short, it is just a very entertaining film.

So if you have any interest in anime or in Miyazaki, by all means, the DVD is worth buying. Unfortunately, the Japanese soundtrack is a little weak. The English side is much better for its sound quality, but I realize most animephiles despise dubs; this one is particularly good, and the remastered soundtrack makes it worth it. The DVD has a really nice layout. I was kid of expecting it just to have been thrown on a DVD and sent out. At least they took their time. Now, if Buena Vista Home Entertainment (which had no part of this pre-Ghibli film) would release all of his other films to DVD!!!


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