The Castle of Cagliostro
(Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro)

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
With Yasuo Yamada, Eiko Masuyama, Kiyoshi Kobayashi.
Japan, 1979, DCP, color, 100 min.
Japanese with English subtitles.

In his first feature film, Miyazaki unleashes the adventurous, shapeshifting antics of Arsène Lupin III, apparently a grandson of Maurice Leblanc’s notorious “Gentleman Burglar." Like the original, Lupin is a master thief, cunning sleuth and outrageous daredevil. He is also a carefree comedian who uses unconventional methods to outwit his opponents and win the hearts of damsels in distress. While dashing off with a Fiat-full of cash from Monte Carlo, he discovers that it is all counterfeit. Resolving to get to the source of the fake bills, Lupin and his partner are instantly embroiled in an action-packed face-off with the nefarious Count of Cagliostro. They must rescue the Count’s imprisoned fiancée while eluding his longtime foe, Inspector Zenigata, as well as the castle’s endless traps and surprises. Although worlds away from Miyazaki’s dazzling tales to come, this high-spirited, irreverent spectacle provides creative, witty and very mischievous entertainment for those not afraid of a little darkness running through the veins of their childrens’ comic heroes.
Age recommendation: 10+

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