Entertainment Magazine

Your Face Picks Movies (Nick): The Castle of Cagliostro

Posted on the 16 March 2015 by Sjhoneywell
Film: The Castle of Cagliostro (Rupan Sansei: Kariosutoro no Shiro)
Format: Turner Classic Movies on rockin’ flatscreen.

This is the third in a series of monthly reviews suggested by the guys at Your Face. This is Nick’s first pick.

Your Face Picks Movies (Nick): The Castle of Cagliostro

Nick Jobe loves to make me watch animated films. At the very least, he likes to talk about making me watch animated films, and his list for this year demonstrates that. The Castle of Cagliostro (Rupan Sansei: Kariosutoro no Shiro) is Nick’s first push into anime this year, chosen I’m sure in part because it’s also the first feature film credited to Hayao Miyazaki as the director. So I went into this a little leery of how a less seasoned Miyazaki would fare, but also confident that this was a film made by a man with miles of talent.

The biggest strike against the film for me becomes evident right off the bat—this is a film that is in the middle of a series of films. While we get some backstory on the characters, there are a number of things that simply aren’t explained. This is different from my typical anime complaint of a lack of exposition. I’m guessing that if I went back and watched all of the previous films and the television show, or read the manga, I wouldn’t have a single issue with knowing who the characters were and all of the relationships. This is key with a couple of characters in this film. It’s not a huge issue, but it did bother me a little.

Anyway, well-known gentleman thief Arsene Lupin III (Sean Barker in the version I watched) and his friend Jigen (Ivan Buckley) have successfully robbed a casino and made off with quite literally a car full of money. The joy is short-lived, though, as Lupin realizes that they’ve actually stolen a pile of counterfeit bills that are so good that it’s virtually impossible to tell the difference between them and the real thing. They toss all of the funny money out of the car and drive on, now with the plan of infiltrating the tiny kingdom of Cagliostro. As it happens, Lupin knows that this is where the counterfeit money comes from. It does beg the question, though, that if the counterfeit bills are this good, why not keep them and use them? And how did he know that all of the bills were fakes?

Anyway, in Cagliostro, Lupin and Jigen discover that things are not all well in the little kingdom. A wedding is planned between Clarisse (Ruby Marlowe), the princess of Cagliostro and Count Lazare (Sparky Thornton), who also happens to be the counterfeiter. Lupin and Jigen rescue Clarisse from men who are chasing her and it’s eventually revealed that Lupin has been to the kingdom before when he attempted to find the source of the legendary counterfeit bills, and it was Clarisse who saved him. We also learn that Lupin, since he is an international gentleman thief, is pursued by Zenigata (Dougary Grant) from Interpol. And naturally we learn that the Count is a really bad guy and Clarisse is held under lock and key

So, being a gentleman thief, announces that he will steal Clarisse. Through a series of misadventures, both Lupin and Zenigata are trapped in the castle and agree to join forces until they get out and bring down the Count for his counterfeiting operation. And there are daring rescues and narrow escapes.

Oh, and there are characters that are certainly present in earlier Arsene Lupin III tales that fans will know but that I did not. First there is Fujiko (Dorothy Melendrez), who is apparently a thief as well and a former lover/associate of Lupin and apparently still a thief but also a newscaster for some reason. And there’s also Goemon (Michael Gregory), a modern samurai who shows up to look cool and sometimes unsheathe his blade. As mentioned at the top, I’d probably know these characters were I more familiar with this series. I’ll even venture a guess that had I watched these stories in order, I’d have been really excited to see Goemon show up.

It’s hard not to enjoy The Castle of Cagliostro on some level, even if that level is one of nostalgia. There’s a feeling to this film that reminds me of a very long extended episode of the sort of show I watched as a kid. It’s a fun adventure with characters that are easy to like despite their being bad guys. After all, they’re good bad guys, not real bad guys like the Count.

It’s formulaic, though. It’s not hard to see where we’re going here or how it’s all going to turn out. Hayao Miyazaki got a lot better than this, but this was a decent. This sneaks in not because I love it but more because I didn’t dislike it. That makes you guys 3 for 3.

Why to watch The Castle of Cagliostro: A very different take on the gentleman thief.
Why not to watch: Miyazaki got a lot better.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • “Bip” the Player Meets “Bip” the Cat.

    “Bip” Player Meets Cat.

    Around Fall 2001 I was moving in to a new place with my girlfriend at the time; she was 21, petite, had short red hair, a great sense of humor, loved to eat... Read more

    The 25 May 2018 by   Gary
  • Life Abroad: What Lurks in Dark Corners

    Life Abroad: What Lurks Dark Corners

    Something creepy happened to me while I was innocently living the expat life in Moldova a few years ago. Yes, Moldova is a country. The capital is... Read more

    The 25 May 2018 by   Miss Footloose
  • Which Works Better, Low Carbs Or Low Calories For Weight Loss?

    Which Works Better, Carbs Calories Weight Loss?

    Although women are on the eternal search to find a fast and easy diet, we often find that weight loss just doesn’t work that way. Read more

    The 25 May 2018 by   Tapang786
  • Dangers of Using Nail Polishes

    Dangers Using Nail Polishes

    Beauty products have become a very important part of our lives, and they are not just confined to the female population. They include cosmetics which are... Read more

    The 25 May 2018 by   Monika
  • 3 Simple Ways To Protect Your iPhone

    Your iPhone is more than just a phone. People who’ve been using an iPhone will agree to the fact that “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone”. Read more

    The 25 May 2018 by   Gadgetscanner
  • That Gay.app $1million Sale Might Be Legit

    Well the news we reported on about Gay.app yesterday might ( I SAID MIGHT) just be true. Gay.app now forwards to Blued.com (of course a redirect does not mean... Read more

    The 25 May 2018 by   Worldwide
  • City Break to Lisbon

    City Break Lisbon

    The architecture of Lisbon, azulejos , the sunshine, the Mediterranean atmosphere, while the historical air and the stories of the great geographic discoveries... Read more

    The 25 May 2018 by   Poundtravel