Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (movie)

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Scenes from Castle of Cagliostro and a few scenes from Lupin III: The Secret of Mamo were used to make the laser disc based arcade game Cliff Hanger, released in 1983.

The live-action French movie with Romain Duris is also based on the original LeBlanc story, but appears to borrow many of the same modern stylistic elements of the Miyazaki film.

The animation in the film was said to have "inspired" many scenes from Disney's "The Great Mouse Detective".

Lupin's car is a Fiat 500, Clarisse drove a Citroen 2CV, and Zenigata's police car is a Nissan Bluebird. The truck Zenigata's men were using was a 1943 Canadian GM Military Pattern. In the car chase scene, the car driven by the MIBs (Men In Black) is a 1940 Humber Super Snipe.

This was the first film directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Lupin refers to Zenigata as "truly the ideal of the Shoowa period." Shoowa was the name of the reign of Emperor Hirohito (1925-1989).

Only took four months to produce (from July-November 1979).

The Count's boat is based on a Turbinia, the world's first steam turbine powered steamship.

Some "Lupin III" fans criticize the film for presenting a different characterization of Arsène Lupin III: he is seen as a nobler, more heroic character in the film, while in the manga he is portrayed as a arrogant, shrewd playboy (however the film has Lupin mentioning he was like that at the beginning of his career).

Lupin provides a bilingual calling-card for the Count, which holds printing in Japanese and French. The Japanese text shows Lupin's name, while the French text reads "Seigneur le Volupteur! Veux voler votre fiancée. Je me presenterai prochainement." (meaning: "Lord Hedonist! I want to steal your fiancée. I will arrive shortly.").

In the Maurice Leblanc story "The Countess of Cagliostro" (1924), Clarisse was the name of Arsène Lupin's wife. In this film no event of that sort ever occurs.

The film was initially a flop in Japan as it set a lighter, more cartoonish tone than normally seen in the manga; however, it achieved classic status through reruns and re-releases. In contrast, in the U.S.A. it achieved incredible popularity, where the film's DVD had more sales than "Lupin the 3rd Part II" (1977) DVD.

This was the first anime film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival, although not in a competitive category; later on "Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence" (2004) would be screened in that capacity.

Sumi Shimamoto was chosen by Hayao Miyazaki to voice Clarisse after having auditioned for the title role of "Anne of Green Gables", which Miyzakai was working on. Although Shimamato failed to get the role of Anne, Miyazaki liked her voice so much he hired her for this film.

The film was going to be directed by Yasuo Ôtsuka, and would be an adaptation of "Lupin the 3rd" (1977) (as part of a common trend at the time of adapting TV animes into films); in fact a draft of the script was handled by the series writer Seijun Suzuki, and contained an amalgamation of elements from the series. however, Otsuka didn't like the draft, and asked Miyazaki to handle it. Miyazaki changed the direction of the script completely by asking for an original plot.

Because the film had such a tight production schedule, Hayao Miyazaki claimed he had to alter the script in post-production to complete the film on time for release. He has never revealed what his original scripted idea was ever since, and has only expressed dissatisfaction with the completed film.

According to a newspaper clipping in one scene, it is revealed that this movie takes place in September 1968.

Tom Wyner is one of the fewest voice actors to provide voice work in both the Streamline & Manga Entertainment versions of this film.

The last 20 minutes of "The Wonderful World of Puss N Boots" was considered to be a prototype for this film.

The Count was based off of Giuseppe Balsamo who used the alias of Count Alessandro di Cagliostro. He lived from June 02, 1743 – August 26, 1795 and was known to be an occultist as well as a counterfeiter.

The German VHS release by VCL was cut by around 16 minutes. The DVD release from Anime Virtual however is uncut.

The remastered Manga Entertainment Region 1 DVD release in 2006 features an edited opening titles sequence that uses stills from the animation. This was apparently done at the request of TMS to remove the Japanese-language titles and credits.

The plot was derived from episode 11 of the Green Jacket series.

The only theatrical Lupin III movie to take place in the 1960s.

The first Lupin III anime to be released in the USA.

The first Lupin anime to be released on VHS in the US.

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