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Published on November 28th, 2014 | by Totoro

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Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro

Lupin and Jigen have just pulled off another million-dollar heist — only to find out that all one million dollars of it are counterfeit money from Cagliostro! Cagliostro has supplied the world with counterfeit money of all nationalities for decades, only surviving because of the global economy’s strong dependence on the faux dough.
Shortly after crossing Cagliostro’s borders, Lupin encounters the lovely princess of Cagliostro, hotly pursued by the Duke of Cagliostro’s cronies — and loses her to the Duke’s men who imprison her in his heavily-fortified castle. A bit of inquiry reveals that the Duke has plans to marry the princess against her wishes…and perhaps other plans as well, one involving finding a priceless treasure lost for centuries.

A beautiful damsel in distress, an evil Count to be smote, a lost treasure, and the biggest counterfeiting racket on the face of the earth…this is an order just too big for Lupin to resist! But it will take the combined effort of Lupin and all of his friends — Jigen, Goemon, Fujiko, the courageous and selfless Princess herself, and even the relentless Inspector Zenigata — to thwart the Duke’s plans and save the day! Excitement and mayhem are in store!

Info & Credits

Title Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro
Japanese Title ルパン三世 カリオストロの城
Japanese Title (Romanized) Rupan Sansei: Kariosutoro no Shiro
Release Date 1979
Rated PG-13
Duration 1 hr 42 min

The characters

image001 Arsene Lupin III

The greatest gentleman thief in the world. Lupin (he is never called by his first name) is extremely clever and charismatic. He steals things, ranging from bags of cash to golden treasures, for the thrill of it, instead of actually needing the things he steals, and he never steals from the poor. He flirts often, usually with strangers, although he respects Clarisse. He has many associates, including Jigen, Goemon, and, to a smaller extent, Fujiko.

image002 Clarisse d’Cagliostro

A princess of the Cagliostro family. Clarisse is kind to everyone and admired by many of Cagliostro’s citizens. She is engaged to be married to Count Cagliostro against her will, since their marriage will enable the Count to claim the fortune of the Cagliostro family.

image003 Jigen Daisuke

A superb marksman who travels with Lupin. Jigen works with Lupin on many of his heists, lending his almost uncanny ability with all sorts of guns to fight against the people who try to stop them. Jigen is Lupin’s partner, not his inferior.

image004 Fujiko Mine

A self-described “lady spy” who often steals the very thing Lupin is after. Lupin practically worships Fujiko, but she only returns the affection if it helps her accomplish her goals. She treats everyone with respect and usually ends up helping Lupin in some way. She is very tough, having held off squads of goons with a machine gun and grenades.

image005 Ishikawa Goemon XIII

A samurai who works with Lupin. Goemon is a master swordsman. He is quiet and doesn’t speak unless it’s important. He wears Japanese clothes and eats Japanese food. He can use his sword to cut through anything; from body armor to bullets. He often covers Lupin during one of his schemes.

image006 Inspector Zenigata

An inspector for INTERPOL. Inspector Zenigata is given many assignments, but he is chasing one criminal with much more enthusiasm than the others: Lupin. He isn’t stupid, but he is always outwitted by Lupin’s more clever plans. Lupin describes Zenigata as “the archetypical Japanese worker: totally dedicated to his work”. Zenigata has a small army of INTERPOL officers working for him who idolize him and do whatever he asks them to do.

image007 Count of Cagliostro

The regent of the small country of Cagliostro. The Count is a very rich man, but he desires even more riches; specifically, the treasure of the Cagliostro family. He is cruel and cunning, and will use all of his considerable resources to get what he wants. He lives in an enormous castle in the middle of Cagliostro, surrounded by a lake.

image008 Jodo

Count Cagliostro’s second-in-command. He is as ruthless as the Count himself. He does all sorts of jobs for the Count, ranging from taking his coat to firing a machine gun at his enemies.

image009 Ex-Servant of Calgiostro

This man used to work for Cagliostro. He is friends with Clarisse, and would do nearly anything to help her.

image010 Karl

A large dog living on the castle grounds. He belongs to the Cagliostro’s ex-servant.

image011 Gustav

Count Cagliostro’s head bodyguard. Gustav is of average intelligence, very strong, and totally loyal to Count Cagliostro. He is in charge of all of Count Cagliostro’s bodyguards, who guard his castle day and night. He is on bad terms with Zenigata.

image012 Archbishop of Vatican

An archbishop from the Vatican City is coming to Count Cagliostro and Clarisse’s wedding to marry them. He is respected by many people, of course.

image013 Cagliostro’s Assassins

Count Cagliostro has his own personal team of assassins. He has ninja-like assassins and swimming assassins. They are fast, accurate, well-equipped, and mostly bulletproof.

Production Credits

Director Hayao Miyazaki
Original Comic Monkey Punch
Screenplay Hayao Miyazaki

Tadashi Yamazaki

Characters Maurice Leblanc
Design Yasuo Otsuka
Producer Tetsuo Katayama
Producer (US) Carl Macek (Manga Video)
Executive Producer Yutaka Fujioka
Original Music Oono Yuuji
Cinematography Hirokata Takahashi
Art Director Shichirô Kobayashi
Film Editor Mitsutoshi Tsurubuchi

Voice Casting

Character English Japanese
Arsene Lupin III Bob Bergen (Streamline)
David Hayter (Manga Video)
Yasuo Yamada
Clarisse d’Cagliostro Ruby Marlowe Sumi Shimamoto
Fujiko Mine Dorothy Melendrez Eiko Masuyama
Jigen Daisuke Ivan Buckley Kiyoshi Kobayashi
Goemon Ishikawa XIII Richard Epcar Makio Inoue
Inspector Zenigata Joe Romersa Gorô Naya
Count Cagliostro Michael McConnohie (Streamline)
Sparky Thornton (Manga Video)
Tarô Ishida
Jodo Richard Barnes Ichirô Nagai
Christopher Gil Starberry ???
Ex-Servant of Cagliostro Richard Plantagenet ???
Gustav Joe Romersa Tadamichi Tsuneizumi
Archbishop of Vatican ??? Kinzô Azusa
Interpol Secretary General Jamieson K. Price Shôzô Hirabayashi
Interpol Council Member Peter Spellos ???
Soviet Delegate ??? Junkichi Kamada
Japanese Delegate ??? Akio Nojima
British Delegate ??? Osamu Saka
West Germany Delegate ??? Mikio Terashima
Waitress ??? Yôko Yamaoka
Gardener ??? Kôhei Miyauchi

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