LUPIN III: THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO (1979 Japan)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Stars ììì

LUPIN III: THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO—another great Hayao Miyazaki-directed, animated film—displays Japanese Manga at its finest. No fault found in this film. It is entertaining from its beginning to its end, a good choice for late teen/adult entertainment night.

Storyline

Lupin (voice of Bob Bergen) and his buddy Jigen (voice of Steve Bulen) leave Monte Carlo Casino with large bags of stolen cash. As the casino building starts to light the warning, Lupin and Jigen run to their getaway car. Gangsters swarm to their cars for the chase, but their cars fall apart with wheels coming off, et cetera. When Lupin discovers the stolen money is counterfeit, he tracks the counterfeiting scheme and becomes involved in political intrigue, restoration of treasure and rightful political power.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Hayao Miyasaki for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producer Yutaka Fujioka and Laurence Guinness for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Count Cagliostro (voice of Michael McConnohie), Fujiko (voice of Edie Mirman), Wolf/Fake Ring (voice of Bob Bergen), Jigen/Italian Councilman/Mustached Councilman/Walla (voice of Steve Bulen), Inspector Keibu Zenigata (voice of David Povall), Fujiko (voice of Edie Mirman), Jodo/Interpol Chair (voice of Jeff Winkless), Gustav/Archbishop/Count Cagliostro (Kirk Thornton), Walter/German Councilman (voice of Mike Reynolds), Goemon/Servant 1/Walla (voice of Steve Kramer), Waitress (voice of Juliana Donald), Captain Sam/French Councilman/Japanese Councilman/Goemon’s Final Opponent/Patron (Kerrigan Mahan), American Councilman/Man Playing Cards/Counterfeiter/British Councilman/Russian Councilman/Mustached Councilman (voice of Tom Wyner), Interpol Officer/Archbishop’s driver (voice of Stephen Apostolina), Counterfeiter/Whispering Councilman (voice of William Bassett), American Councilman (voice of Tony Clay), Interpol Chairman (voice of Peter Spellos), Daisuke Jigen (voice of John Snyder), Archbishop’s Driver/Italian Delegate/Restaurant Patron (voice of Jeff Nimoy), Zenigata’s Second-in-command (Jamieson Price), Clarisse d’Cagliostro (Bridget Hoffman), Casino Police (voice of Beau Billingslea), French Councilman (voice of Paul St. Peter), Jodo (voice of Milton James), Archbishop (voice of Michael Forest), Gustav (Joe Romersa), Bar Waitress (Dyanne DiRosario), Fujiko Mine (Dorothy Elias-Fahn), Arsene Lupin III (voice of David Hayter), Christopher (voice of Barry Stigler), Inspector Zenigata (Kevin Seymour), and Clarisse/Woman playing cards (voice of Joan-Carol O’Connell/Barbara Goodson).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Hayao Miyasaki is an entertainment master. This is Japanese Manga at its finest.

Ben Meyers

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