Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro

Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro is an anime movie in the Lupin III Franchise
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The second Lupin the 3rd film and arguably the most famous in the series. The movie is the first feature film directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

One year after The Secret of Mamo (see Lupin III), the master thief Lupin has successfully evaded Inspector Zenigata's clutches and is planning a new heist. When he inadvertently steals fake money, Lupin realizes that the high-quality printing plates are worth more than the money itself. He tracks down the counterfeiters to the tiny European state of Cagliostro but is soon distracted by the approaching wedding of Count Cagliostro and Clarice, the last princess of the ruling family.

As strings strike up straight out of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," and amid filmic nods to The 39 Steps and other famous caper movies, it's Lupin and his gang against the world, with cross and double-cross, as the thieves shop each other to the cops and change their minds about what they should be stealing (Lupin alone goes from money to plates to a bride in the course of the film). Supposedly inspired by the wedding of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier of Monaco, the film also draws on one of Kelly's most memorable movies, To Catch a Thief, and Maurice Leblanc's 1924 Lupin novel Countess Cagliostro. From the opening casino heist to the Chaplinesque duel inside a giant clock, this is a superbly paced crime caper and Lupin's best screen outing. First-time movie director Miyazaki would reuse many of the ideas later in his career, including the Mediterranean Riviera setting of Porco Rosso, a courageous nature-loving princess in Nausicaä, a friendly hound in Kiki's Delivery Service, and the mossy ruins in Castle in the Sky. The film also lifted an idea from Miyazaki's work on Treasure Island-the fabled Cagliostro treasure is hidden at the bottom of an artificial lake. Surprisingly, the Lupin franchise lay dormant for several years afterward, not revived until the third TV series in 1984.

Characters & Voice Actors

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David Hayter ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Yasuo Yamada ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Daisuke Jigen ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Steve Bulen ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Goemon Ishikawa XIII ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Richard Epcar ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Makio Inoue ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Steve Kramer ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Koichi Zenigata ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Goro Naya ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Fujiko Mine ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Edie Mirman ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Dorothy Elias-Fahn ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Eiko Masuyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Clarisse d'Cagliostro ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Sumi Shimamoto ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Bridget Hoffman ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Barbara Goodson ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Count Cagliostro ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Taro Ishida ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kirk Thornton ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Michael McConnohie ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)


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Hayao Miyazaki Director One of the most widely-recognized anime directors in Japan and probably the most well-known outside of Japan, Hayao Miyazaki is known for his whimsical films, created by the animation studio he co-founded, Studio Ghibli.
Monkey Punch Writer The creator of Lupin the 3rd.
Yasunao Aoki Animator In-Between Animation
Yuji Ohno Music Yuji Ohno is a Japanese jazz composer well-known for his music for the Lupin III anime series.

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Name: Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro
Release Date: Jan. 1, 1991
Name: ルパン三世 カリオストロの城
Romaji: Rupan Sansei: Kariosutoro no Shiro
Release Date: Dec. 16, 1979
Rating: PG
Runtime: 100 (mins)
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