Title: Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro
Original title: Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Written by: Maurice Leblanc, Tadashi Yamazaki, Hayao Miyazaki, Monkey Punch
Watching early Miyazaki is in many ways different from watching more recent productions, but still very pleasant. In The Castle of Cagliostro, the master thief Lupin visits the small country of Cagliostro to unravel a mystery surrounding counterfeit money and a vast treasure from the Middle Ages. He also sets out to rescue the beautiful lady Clarisse from the seemingly impenetrable castle, all done in a most colourful and ingenious manner.
The story is fairly straightforward and includes a lot of action and quick-paced dialogue, often of the funnier sort. This is really what makes it worthwhile, since there is little else. Lupin is a pretty entertaining character and the hilarious tinge which pervades the film changes it from being superficial and boring to being superficial and humorous.
One of Miyazaki’s trademarks is that he is almost always able to instill inspiration and contribute to my creative output in some way, albeit indirectly most of the time, but sadly, this is not true for this film. Scenery, story and characters are net original enough to please me. However, I recommend it if you want to enjoy a fairly light-weight action film, sprinkled with roguish humour, but there are many other films by Miyazaki that I am more inclined to recommend, Spirited Away being my favourite.