Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

PG-13   |    |  Animation, Adventure, Family

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A dashing thief, his gang of desperadoes and an intrepid policeman struggle to free a princess from an evil count's clutches, and learn the hidden secret to a fabulous treasure that she holds part of a key to.




  • Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
  • Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
  • Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
  • Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
  • Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
  • Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

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Cast & Crew

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Hayao Miyazaki


Monkey Punch (graphic novel series), Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay), Haruya Yamazaki (screenplay), Mary Claypool (ADR script), Maurice Leblanc (characters)

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11 April 2005 | emasterslake
| First Miyazaki film
This is a great movie. And the first Lupin the 3rd film I've ever seen. Specially when this was Hayao Miyazaki's first movie entitled as the director.

The movie starts out in Monanco where Lupin(a master thief) and Jigen(a smooth guns man) pull off a robbery at a casino. They successfully stole the money from the casino. And escaped by car. As they drive on the freeway, Lupin notices that the bills are all fake. Jigen couldn't believe that they stole worthless money. But it gave Lupin an idea on what their next heist should be. And that's at the country of Cagliostro. Which is a small European country that's home to the Goat Bill counterfeiting that make copies of the world's currency. They encounter a girl who was chased by a group of thugs by car. After that encounter, Lupin obtains a ring from that girl before asking questions. The ring in fact is something Lupin has seen before 10 years back.

First seen this movie back in spring 2005. I wasn't familiar with the franchise at first. But I soon learned the theme and characters right away.

Animation is excellent for an anime from 1979. Despite it only made within 4 months of time. This movie proves Castle in the Sky isn't Miyazaki's only film containing an actual villain. It's not as breathe taking as Nausicaa or Castle in the Sky, but it's still a worthy Miyazaki movie. It's one of those films I can see over and over.

Highly recommended for the die-hard Miyazaki and Lupin the 3rd fans.

I rate it 8/10, after seeing this film, it made me a bigger Lupin the 3rd fan than before.

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Release Date:

15 December 1979


Japanese, English, French

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Box Office


JPY5,000,000,000 (estimated)

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