VIDEO: Lupin the III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

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Sofie has decided to make March 2014 into Miyazaki March, where she reviews the films of acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, starting with his very first feature Lupin the III: The Castle of Cagliostro.

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  • CaptainCalvinCat

    Heyo, great insightful video – although I have a small complaint.
    Not much a complaint, more an annotation.
    I’d pronounce that guy french – so “lüpan” or “lupan” – because he is the decendant of Arsene Lupin, the great french thief, written by Maurice Leblanc.
    But you probably know that, I just wanted to say, that, when you pronounce him “Lupin” I felt more reminded of the Professor from Harry Potter.

    And while we’re on the topic of movie concerning anime-shows: I can wholeheartedly recommend the Detective-Conan-Movies.
    All of them share the intro-sequence, in which we’re introduced to the conan-universe, the dramatis personae and the world, they inhabit. So, basically, you don’t even need to read the mangas or watch an anime episode.

    But – like I said: That video was interesting, insightful, and I’ll give the rest of the Mayazaki-Month a watch. Looking forward to the next vid.

    by the way: Do your two pet rats have names?

    Greets from Germany


    • danbreunig

      Neat insight on Lupin; I didn’t know anything about him beforehand. My first thought was maybe a play on Auguste Dupin, the Sherlock Holmes before Sherlock Holmes. A.C. Doyle got the inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe’s detective stories, e.g. The Purloined Letter.

      Hard to tell if they’re rats, mice, gerbils, hamsters–just keep them away from the cat or else they may double as cat food. :/

      • CaptainCalvinCat

        well, that might be – I stumbled upon Arséne during watching “Detective Conan”… in that there is the character of “Kaito KID”, who is Gosho Aoyamas version of Lupin. Fitting, because Shinichi Kudo, the titular character is Aoyamas Version of Sherlock Holmes. ^^

        • Sofie Liv

          Actually, the funny thing is that Lupin the third and Conan DID have a cross-over movie together where the two characters meet.

          I don’t think they interact quite enough in the movie to be honest, they spend a lot of time running past each other.

          But just having Conan guilt tripping Lupin into paying for the soda he was going to steal from the soda machine was pretty hillarious.

          “You shouldn’t steal.”

          *Grumbles and is about to leave with the soda.. turns around and comes back, dropping two coins in the coin pile. yells after conan* “I LEFT CASH FOR TWO SODAS!”

          lol X)

          • CaptainCalvinCat

            Oh I so frakking love the Conan-Movies. They are really awesome, because they are one of my first introductions to anime as a medium – and with that I mean my first CONSCIOUS introduction to the anime and manga as a medium.

            Not talking about “Tao-tao” or “Maja, the bee” or “Heidi” here, although they were animes as well – but I didn’t know about it. The TV-Guide called those shows, as well as “Saber Rider and the Star Sherrifs”, “Zeichentrick” (animatic).

            But when I grew older, I learned about Animes and Mangas and watched Conan as the second anime ever – the first one being Ranma 1/2.

            Conan is – as silly as the premise in and on itself might be from time to time – just my all time favourite. I mean, I have all the mangas (up to Manga 78 – the latest one), I just enjoy them.

            And I really, really need to watch the Anime where Conan and Lupin III meet each other.

            By the way – I’d really recommend to you this show:
            It is quite fun. ^^

            And while we’re at it: This movie is great to:

      • Sofie Liv

        They are mice, not rats.. Rats are way bigger.

        I didn’t get much into the Lupin character here in this video, I might do that later, mainly because these videos are supposed to centre around Miyazaki and not Lupin.

        I could make an entire video just talking about Lupin and the appeal of him, but well.. time is of the issue, and I chose to talk about Miyazaki mainly and how this movie affected his carrier.

        Lupin is a fun character, the idea is that he is the fictional granson of a fictional master thief from some classic french novels.
        He is the worlds best thiefs, and steals stuff for the thrill of it, putting up big ellaborate schemes and well.. just have a lot of fun with what he s doing, basically.

        The movies about him can partially feel like a james bond movie, partially a comedy and well partially gangster. It’s a very fun franchise I highly recommend it.

        • danbreunig

          Quite interesting film lesson. Thanks for the recommendation.
          And yeah, that is a mouse; funny how I couldn’t see the tail before…

  • Mike

    Great to see the first start in what looks to be a cool month for you Sofie. Especially since we didn’t see you very frequently last year.

    Nice new companion you’ve got there. I like how your so comfortable with him covering you. Me, if I had a pet small enough to fit in my shoe I’d be scarred he’d slip into some place uncomfortable for the both of use if you know what I mean!

    Speaking of mice, in looking for more info on this movie I’ve discovered it had a battle on clock tower that may have inspired a similar scene in Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective. The scene had couple other homages to, like the episode of Batman the Animated Series “The Clock King” (which is a favorite of mine BTW). Nice to think that even if this isn’t one of Mayazaki’s better known works in the west, it’s still had some recognizable impact.

    • Sofie Liv

      I think I were pretty frequent last year! maybe not the last part of the yeah, but come on. This isn’t exactly my job, I have other things I need to do -_-;

      Making smaller videos like this though, does make it easier for me to create more content quicker, these are just meant to be small videos filling out the time, like the NC’s Disney-cember.

      Well, dunno about the great mouse detective and where that lies in the time line, but I know that Batman Tas is definetely from AFTER this movie.

      Though as the Clock-king, was a character taken from the comic books, and had excisted for a very long time, and having a fight in a clock tower is pretty obvious when the villain is called the clock king.. I can only write that off as a coincidence.

      On the same time is the doomsday clock, an idea older than Lupin, dating back to the cold war, and was indeed a term people used while the different nations were building up their weapons in the cold war, pointing out the world was becoming more and more likely to go under the more stuff they both build in their “Look, I have just as much stuff as you.” starring contest..

      Also the mouse is a she, I got two female mice, and they are okay ;)

      • Mike

        Yes as I look back it seems you point out a lot more in one year than I remember, so my bad. I guess it just seemed like your video hadn’t come out in the rate it would probably take to cover every Mayazaki movie in a single month. As far as I can tell he made at least ten. Still as you mention this is shorter and got your going the same route NC did with his Disney history month.

        A more detailed accounted of various Lupin the III (1979) influenced animated movie can be found here:
        Don’t know if it can all be conformed, but the connection are interesting regardless.

  • Egil Hellá

    Nice review but I am weary curious to know what your cat thinks about your two new roommates

    • Sofie Liv

      The Cat doesn’t life in my appartment, the cat lifes at my parents house, I had her since I was around fifteen and lifed with my parents. Then I moved out and the cat stayed.

      Also I think it’s just cruel to have appartment cats, especially on such a tiny space as I have, my appartment is just one room, sixten square meters. Shared kitchen and bath with two other people, it would be cruel to have cat there, which is why I went with mice instead, because I just missed having some-thing to go home to, I have a very big soft spot for animals of any kind.

      • Egil Hellá

        Good point cat’s are weary active creatures and by the way when you told me that Fujico got naked all the time in the new Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine series I did not believe you so I watched the first episode of the series and wow just wow I have see animated porno films that were more restrained then this and the animation was good but way to stylish at times and I did not like Fujiko because she was willing to kill Lupin and other people for her own gain so I am not that interested in the new series I liked the classic Lupin III series way better and the main reason for that is the Season 4 episode Albatross Wings of Death witch is a episode that was actually directed by Miyazaki witch is pretty easy to seen while watching it

  • Muthsarah

    Perfect choice of topics. I’m gonna enjoy this month.

    • Sofie Liv

      Yay :)

  • Zee Panda

    I am excited for this month. I love Miyazaki. I just saw “The Wind Rises” this weekend – have you seen it yet? Highly recommended.

    I’d already seen a couple Miyazaki movie before I watched this one and I have to admit I wasn’t really looking forward to it…but then it turned out to be such a fun movie. I’ve watched other Lupin III movies and they’ve been great fun, too, but I really have a special place in my heart for this one. Miyazaki is so good at finding the heart of a story and really bringing you in.

    • Sofie Liv

      I havn’t had the chance to see the wind rises yet unfortunately, as it hasn’t been in the danish cinemas yet.
      I am though, very much looking forward to see it in cinema as soon as I can :)

      It is indeed, just a fun amusing watch if you ask me, which in of itself, is pretty damn good all around.
      I couldn’t help but also be a little striken with how innocent it feels in comparison to so much other Lupin material, it is possible, the most innocent lupin movie or episode ever created, which does some-how give it a certain charm.

      I think it’s a charming movie, though if it wasn’t for the Miyazaki name, that would be all that it would ever be, a little charming entry in a much larger franchise, that has its big stand out production elsewhere.

  • $36060516

    Cute co-star!