Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

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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 Third: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
  • Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
  • Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
  • Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
  • Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
  • Lupin the Third: 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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26 February 2002 | Jeremy Bristol
| What a movie!
I have two Japanese animated feature films from 1979, this one and one of the sequels to Space Battleship Yamato. Compared to the animation in Yamato (which is flat and often motionless), Lupin is Snow White. There is so much movement (more than some of Miyazaki's later films), and there are some truly incredible "set" pieces (Lupin scaling a sheer castle wall, for instance). One of the things that has always been noted about Japanese animation is that while it's not as fluid as Disney animation (12 frames per second as opposed to 24, not to mention the animation is generally before the voice track), it has incredible style and originality in its design and cinematography. Lupin is a perfect example of this, and it's no wonder the movie is still so well revered in Japan.

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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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