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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

An English dub of the film credits Zenigata with the first name of Keibu. "Keibu" is Japanese for "Inspector". See more »

Goofs

Count Cagliostro's hair color changes from light brown to dark brown several times throughout the film (due to an animation mistake). 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 »

Connections

Followed by Lupin III: Farewell to Nostradamus (1995) 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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The Adventures of Arsene Lupin III
22 January 2006 | by Teebs2See 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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