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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Arsène Lupin III (voice)
... Fujiko Mine (voice)
... Daisuke Jigen (voice)
... Goemon Ishikawa XIII (voice)
... Inspector Kôichi Zenigata (voice)
... Lady Clarisse d' Cagliostro (voice)
Tarô Ishida ... Count Lazare d' Cagliostro (voice)
... Gardener (voice)
... 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)
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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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Trivia

There is a rumor that Steven Spielberg saw the film in the early 80s and was so impressed with it that later inspired the action scenes in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and The Adventures of Tintin (2011). While there is no evidence of Spielberg quoting the film, Manga Entertainment's DVD release quotes him calling it "one of the greatest adventure movies of all time." Another unverified statement has Spielberg calling the film's car chase "one of the greatest chase sequences ever filmed." Its been suggested that Spielberg saw the film at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival but according to official Cannes sources, Cagliostro was not shown that year. Even though there is nothing to prove that Spielberg has see the film, in The Goonies (1985) (which was executive produced by Spielberg) the arcade game that Chuck plays in the opening scene is Cliff Hanger (1983) which features footage from Cagliostro and the character Data uses a grappling hook belt buckle similar to one Lupin uses in Cagliostro. See more »

Goofs

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

The film title in the original Japanese version has Lupin III's name written on a paper stuck to the screen with a knife, and the "Shiro" ("Castle") is in the shape of a castle. See more »

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Referenced in Samurai Jack: Episode XXXIII (2003) 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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What a movie!
26 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

I have two Japanese animated feature films from 1979, this one and one of the sequels to Space Battleship Yamato. Compared to the animation in Yamato (which is flat and often motionless), Lupin is Snow White. There is so much movement (more than some of Miyazaki's later films), and there are some truly incredible "set" pieces (Lupin scaling a sheer castle wall, for instance). One of the things that has always been noted about Japanese animation is that while it's not as fluid as Disney animation (12 frames per second as opposed to 24, not to mention the animation is generally before the voice track), it has incredible style and originality in its design and cinematography. Lupin is a perfect example of this, and it's no wonder the movie is still so well revered in Japan.


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