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


Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro) (1979)



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Wolf is a clever thief with a knack for getting into trouble. This animated Japanese feature chronicles his adventures in the land of Cagliostro where he stops a corrupt count from continuing to counterfeit money and saves a beautiful princess.

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Yasuo Yamada
as Lupin III
Eiko Masuyama
as Fujiko Mine
Kiyoshi Kobayashi
as Daisuke Jigen
Makio Inoue
as Goemon Ishikawa
Goro Naya
as Keibu Zenigata
Sumi Shimamoto
as Clarisse de Cagliostro
Tarô Ishida
as Count Cagliostro
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Critic Reviews for Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

This one should fare nearly as well with animation fans of any age, provided they are unwavering in their devotion to the form and do not think 100 minutes is an awfully long time.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

It's far from perfect but worth a watch.

Feb 6, 2019 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

Directed with cinematic style and pace.

Feb 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The director's distinct, energetic vision...holds very well today.

Feb 15, 2018 | Full Review…

A lot of fun, thanks largely to the breezy character of Lupin at the center.

Mar 3, 2010 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The modulation from capper suavity to brisk Dumas-like derring-do is quicksilver

Sep 25, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro)


Miyazaki's directorial debut is an entertaining film that makes for a lot of fun with a very charismatic character in its center, although the action-packed plot is nothing special and certainly not in the level of his better works that came after.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


The animation is a little dated and underwhelming when compared to Miyazaki's later works, but "Castle of Cagliostro" remains a wildly fun action/adventure flick that is sure to entertain people whether they are fans of anime or not. This is the first film directed by acclaimed filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and his signature grand vision is unmistakable in the level of detail in the wonderfully-realized settings. The way Miyazaki sets up scenes allows the audience to fully appreciate the film's colorful sets and action sequences is truly masterful. The film is based off the Lupin III manga series, however, no knowledge of the source material is required to understand the story. Aside from seamlessly blending comedy and nail-biting drama, the film is also delightfully action-packed; containing action sequences that put most live action flicks to shame. Combined with the movie's colorful cast of characters; "Castle of Cagliostro" ends being one of the greatest animated adventure movies ever made.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer


Lupin III: Castle Of Cagliostro features the wild adventure of world famous thief Arsene Lupin III. A Hayao Miyazaki work, Lupin III: Castle Of Cagliostro tells of a mystery haunting the Castle Of Caglistro with meritorious themes on passion and compassion.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer


One of the greatest animated adventure movies of all time that comes from director Hayao Miyazaki (his directorial feature debut) in the late 1970s before Studio Ghibli founded in 1985. It is funny, romantic, dramatic, action-packed: everything! This movie is heavily based on sight gags, and just setting up characters in the right place at the right time to generate something hilarious. It is based on Japanese Manga series (comic book). I like two characters are Lupin III, the world's greatest thief and Inspector Zenigata, a Japanese Interpol inspector who is so devoted to capture Lupin III. Miyazaki's attention to detail is what truly elevates this beyond typical animation quality. There are enough moments of quietness and atmosphere to balance out the loud scenes. A strong sense of setting also comes from the imaginative "photography". Too many animated movies disorientate the audience with frenetic direction and over-indulgence, but The Castle of Cagliostro works so much better by taking its time and choosing the best angles to cover the action. His trademark flying machines and overeating scenes make their first big screen appearance here.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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