Lupin III; The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

Daisuke Jigen (left) and Arsene Lupin III (right) from The Castle of Cagliostro

 A great way to introduce yourself with this classic anime character is to watch The Castle of Cagliostro (original title Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro) , currently being shown on Hulu. I get a kick out of the Lupin III series and after watching this movie, I think you will be able to tell if this is the style story you like. Lupin may not be to every taste but I have to applaud the consistency of characters and appeal they bring to the screen with this action packed comedy.

 The full cast of regular characters are in The Castle of Cagliostro; the wily master thief Lupin III, his friends Jigen, Goemen and Fujiko, as well as the bumbling police Inspector Koichi Zenigata, who constantly chases the criminals no matter where their adventures land them. The Castle story revolves around a mysterious girl Lupin rescues, only to have her taken once again by the powerful Grand Duchy of Cagliostro, who plans to marry this girl. The girl is but part of the story-the Grand Duchy is a top notch counterfeiter, which just happened to make the booty Lupin collected from his last job . The plot goes from there with more twists and turns and of course, the Inspector chasing Lupin all through the film. The story is a mix of a little part Get Smart, a bit of the Top Cat (or Sgt. Bilko for you really old tv buffs) , some Inspector Clousea, topped off with a bit of It Takes A Thief. I don’t mean this analogy to be offensive by any means-I find all the Lupin films to be enjoyable, great fun to watch, but they may not be for every taste. Parents be aware that these films do contain some adult language and situations but tend to border on titillating material rather than over the top adult entertainment. Watch this movie and if you find yourself enjoying it as much as me, know that there is a large collection of Lupin III films-as well as a television series-to watch.


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