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Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (ルパン三世 カリオストロの城)

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Japan · 1979
Rated PG · 1h 40m
Director Hayao Miyazaki
Starring Yasuo Yamada, Eiko Masuyama, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Gorō Naya
Genre Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Crime

After discovering that the money he and his partner robbed from a casino is counterfeit, master thief Lupin III heads to Cagliostro, a country rumored to be the source of the forgery, with the intention of stealing any treasures he finds along the way. Little does he know that this treasure will include a beautiful damsel in distress.

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Mina Rhee Profile picture for Mina Rhee

So fun and the opening credits in this movie are so beautiful - and underrated Miyazaki that still bears much of his signature components (flying vehicles, odd character pairs, anachronistic setting) paired with a different art style and more straightforward adventure movie tone that still has a hint of his later dreamy charm.

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The Seattle Times by

Director Hayao Miyazaki brings a welcome sense of humor to this adventure story. [05 July 1991, p.16]


Austin Chronicle by Marc Savlov

So ingratiatingly good-humored that it's hard to take it seriously enough to complain. Sure, it's no great triumph of moviemaking, but it is entertaining, and a more or less plausible way to kill 95 minutes on a Saturday afternoon.


The A.V. Club by Tasha Robinson

This caper film possesses Miyazaki's usual good-hearted charm, but he injects a manically energetic humor that his more sedate children's films never quite achieve.

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