Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: David Hayter, Bridget Hoffman, Ivan Buckley

Apparently this is the first film that Miyazaki directed, which is based on the Lupin III series that… well, I don’t really know anything about Lupin III. It’s some 70’s cartoon about a thief who’s a good guy and he has a sidekick with huge boobs? That’s all I know. I’m not some damn anime scholar.

Lupin III is a thief who steals a bunch of counterfeit money, but it’s really good counterfeit money, so he decides to find out who’s in charge of the operation and take over. When he finds that his new foe is Count Cagliostro, he gets involved with the Count’s soon-to-be wife who is a rich princess and who doesn’t want to marry the bad guy. Some seriously unbelievable things happen and everything is insane for about a half hour, and then everything works out just fine.

Castle of Cagliostro is pretty dissimilar from the Studio Ghibli films Miyazaki would later direct. Mostly because this is the only one with an established cast of characters, I’d imagine. Also, it’s possible that I missed out on a bunch of stuff just because I haven’t ever seen the show it was based on and was left with no real hints about who these characters are or what their names are or what they do or anything. Ah well, whatcha gonna do.

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