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The Castle of Cagliostro (Lupin the III) (1991)

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Animation and Anime & Manga movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke,My Neighbor Totoro) achieved his first international hit with this delightful 1979 adventure yarn. Quick-paced, high-spirited, and loaded with wit,Cagliostrois a dandy throwback to the caper pictures of the '60s. International … see full wiki

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Director: Hayao Miyazaki
1 review about The Castle of Cagliostro (Lupin the III)...

The first theatrical film directed by Hayao Miyazaki

  • Mar 9, 2010
Rating:
+3
The Castle of Cagliostro is the second animated film for the Lupin III franchise, and is also the first feature film directed by Hayao Miyazaki. When watching this film, you can see that it has Miyazaki's touch to it, especially when it comes to the animation. However, there is a difference in the tone between The Castle of Cagliostro and Miyazaki's later films. This film does have a bit more humor than most of Miyazaki's other films; however, there is also a little bit of blood shown and there are piles of skeletons depicted in one section of the film. It's an enjoyable film, but it's not meant for very young viewers. Personally, I would recommend The Castle of Cagliostro for anime viewers who are twelve or thirteen years of age and older.

When it comes to special features on the DVD, there isn't a whole lot to speak of. The "Manga 2000 Fanclub Trailer" runs for four minutes, and it's a slideshow of the products Manga Entertainment had available at the time this DVD was released. The "Manga 2000 Trailer" runs for four minutes, and it's made up of video clips of some of the properties available, which is set to music by the band KMFDM. The "DVD Catalog" is a menu where the viewer can choose what they want to look at; the links take the viewer to single page entries for the titles (in addition to anime, this menu includes some live action properties and properties that are not Japanese in origin). The final feature is "Weblinks," which is a page that provides web addresses for Manga Entertainment and Sputnik 7.

Even with the lack of special features, I would still recommend this DVD of The Castle of Caglisotro to anyone who is a fan of either the Lupin III franchise or of Hayao Miyazaki.

In order to write this review, I checked out a copy of this DVD through the King County Library System.

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