Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro (1979)

 


 

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Genre: Animation,Adventure,Mystery,Romance

Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro (1979)
   
Release Date: 15 December 1979 (Japan)
Country: Japan
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Cast:
  • Bob Bergen
  • Yasuo Yamada
  • Eiko Masuyama
  • Kiyoshi Kobayashi
  • Makio Inoue
  • Gorô Naya
  • Sumi Shimamoto
  • Tarô Ishida
  • Kôhei Miyauchi
  • Ichirô Nagai
  • David Hayter
  • Dorothy Elias-Fahn
  • Ivan Buckley
  • Bridget Hoffman
  • Kirk Thornton


33 Responses to Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro (1979)

  1. dkfreun
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    Ignoring time and aging, who would you pick to play lupin and his pals if a live action movie existed?

    Mine:

    Lupin: Freddie Prince Jr.

    Jigen: young Clint Eastwood

    Goemon: Sung Kang

    Anybody else?

    Licensed to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations.

  2. deeplennon
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    What’s the best (most enjoyable way) to watch this movie, with the subtitles or the English Dub?

    Are there any Miyazaki movies that have really bad dubs?

    Thanks for your opionion in advance…

  3. ultraluigi007
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    I’m planning to buy it because I’m curious to hear the Streamline dub.

  4. sammyrockstar
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    Hi :-)

    I was wondering if someone could help me?

    I have the manga special edition region 1 version of the movie and I know a blu ray release has been released in Japan on region 2.

    However, was there a dvd released in Japan of this movie?

    Or is the only release of the movie in Japan the blu ray one without english subtitles?

    Thank you very much :-)

  5. PerlBoy
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    Gets better every time you watch it.

  6. GuanRy_theFox
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    Now if it happens in this movie, don’t hit me with "Did you watch the movie you idiot?" Cuz I haven’t and haven’t seen enough of the movies to know one way or the other. I’ve seen probably about 50% of the tv series episodes and that’s all. In each, Lupin NEVER got to be with Fujiko in a relationship OR sleeping w/her. SO anyway, please let me know.

    Thanks!

  7. OneBadGuy
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    The crouching ninjas with long "fingernails", the weird ceremonial robes and the Count’s bizarre headdress were like something out of a nightmare. I loved them.

    High school, the workplace and the Internet. You can always find plenty of @ssholes there.

  8. defcaliber585
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    fire treasure holds a special place in my heart

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  9. jordanmarks1
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    Personally I like the original dubbing coz the dialogue seems believable. Lupin(or Wolf as they say his name in this version) has better lines along with Gegan and the samurai dude(forgot his name). The voices suited them more too. I hated the Inspector’s voice in the new dubbing. It was so out of place. Well thats what I think. What about you?

  10. Martiniman
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    What I get–Everyone in the Harry Potter books/films has a pun in their name or hidden meaning behind it. I never got Professor Lupin’s. Apparently, though, according to the trivia section on this site for this film, "Lupin" is french for "wolf." P. Lupin is a werewolf! HALLELUJAH! I get it now. Thank you, Miyazaki-san!

  11. Jal8919536
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    Can anyone tell me if replicas of the two rings bearing the family goat crest were ever replicated? I’d love to own a reproduction of them, along with Sheeta’s levitation stone from "Laputa", the flower brooch from "Hana No Ko Lun Lun/Angel", and Marina’s pearl hairpin from TOEI’s "Andersen Dowa Ningyo Hime/The Little Mermaid" (1975). Thanks.

  12. Orbzon
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    I’m new to the whole Lupin franchise.

    I plan on buying the Castle of Cagliostro soon and I was wondering if I am going to be scratching my head since I’ve never seen any other Lupin related flicks.

    Are you supposed to see the TV series first?

    Thanks.

  13. link222-1
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    I couldn’t find any, opposed to the US release of this.

  14. Jerinaf2
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    I am always pissed to find that a lot of people praise this because it’s a film directed by Miyazaki. First and foremost, this is a LUPIN film. This is not part of Miyazaki’s canon of works. The only reason people are recommending this film is because Miyazaki’s work has been getting recognition, thus reaching this caper film. Everybody thinks that just because Miyazaki has directed this film thus makes this a Miyazaki story. This is not so. The only stories Miyazaki wanted to tell demanded high-quality animation and standards, and unforunately, Castle of Cagliostro is lacking what Studio Ghibli has done. The only reason Cagliostro was created was because the company that made the Lupin series demanded another Lupin movie, much in the same way that Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh needed movies.

    People have been praising this film, because Miyazaki just so happens to take the role of director. Don’t be fooled from all this. Castle of Cagliostro is a LUPIN film, not a MIYAZAKI film. Or in other words, this a LUPIN III movie in which Miyazaki happened to take the role of director. A Miyazaki film is when the concept is completely written and fully storyboarded by Miyazaki himself, and that includes Whisper of the Heart. So just think of it this way, if the movie is released by Disney and it has Hayao Miyazaki’s and Studio Ghibli’s name slapped onto the back context, then it’s a Miyazaki film. (Whisper of the Heart is a Miyazaki film)

    There is a reason why Manga Entertainment distributed Castle of Cagliostro and not Disney. It’s because Tokuma-Shoten did NOT publish the work. Miyazaki’s stories demands high-quality animation, and the only way to achieve that was through the funding of Tokuma Shoten. Unfortunately for Castle of Cagliostro, they only made the film for other purposes.

    People have been exposed to Hayao Miyazaki so much that they mistake this film to be part of Miyazaki’s canon of works. They just don’t know how the system works. For those who are thinking of purchasing this film because Hayao Miyazaki’s name slapped on the top of the box, just say to yourself that it’s NOT released by Disney. Period.

    Oh, and also, there is a reason why Amazon.com has released a Miyazaki 6 Pack instead of a 7 Pack.

    EDIT: A more updated take on this:

    http://imdb.com/name/nm0594503/board/inline/31300796

  15. stzr3
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    I’m not wondering about the Castle of part, but the Cagliostro part. It’s kind of confusing and I’ve come up of a few different ways how I think it is pronounced. So what is the right way?

  16. oh_samaire
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    i grew up watching this film in its original english dubbing thanks to my anime-loving brothers and uncle. i havent seen this film in years but just saw it recently now. something that i always ached to know is…did he fall in love with clarisse?

  17. jackson0364
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    Does anyone recall an arcade game based on this movie? It was a laser disc game like Dragon’s Lair in the mid 80’s, where you reacted to the characters movement during the different scenes, but the disc in the game played the actual movie. I remember playing it at an Ann Arbor arcade in 1984. I don;t remember the name of the game, though.

  18. Doctor_Fu_Manchu
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    ^

    "This is Fu Manchu. Once again the world is at my mercy."

  19. blackfunkster
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    Here’s a link to the new DVD’s specs: http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/791447

    Now, I own the old R2/R4 DVD release, and so far the main differences seem to be:

    -An upgraded sound mix (2.0 to 5.1)

    -The new extras.

    What I don’t know is whether its a new dubbing or not. So far the only dubs I’m aware of are the Streamline dub (the "clean" one, where Lupin is referred to as Wolf, and IMHO the better dub), and the new dub (more coarse language, but its apparently closer to the original Japanese dialogue). If anyone’s already gotten their hands on the new DVD, I’d appreciate any feedback on it, and as to whether its worth the upgrade.

    Thanks in advance.

    P.S. Since this debate’s been raging for so long on this board, I’ll throw my bit in: this movie IS a Miyazaki film. Just because it’s not a Studio Ghibli film, doesn’t mean that it forfeits its Miyazaki characteristics.

  20. Lake908
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    IIRC, The Japanese kid Data in Goonies used a lever in his belt buckle to hoist himself out of a hole much like Lupin did to keep himself from falling in the movie. I know Spielberg’s seen this, so do you think that he was paying homage to it?

    "But I didn’t hate my mother, it was an accident!"-Gomez,’The Addams Family’

  21. Tuco_88
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    Before seeing Castle of Cagliostro, I’d only seen a few episodes of the first ‘green jacket’ series, and I hadn’t been to impressed.

    But Castle of Cagliostro was just plain awesome. So my question is, are theother Lupin movies this good or are they more in line with the TV series?

  22. paperbullet
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    I’m trying to find a particular version of this movie and have come to this understanding:

    There are two English dubs: the old Streamline dub and the new Manga Video dub. The old dub has less swearing and is generally preferred.

    Is all that right? Also, an image of the old dub’s DVD cover would be appreciated.

  23. agrucha
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    in those new R1 movie box sets? Anyone know?

  24. ZZalapski
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    The new version from Anchor Bay has a listed runtime of 109 minutes, which is 9 more than the Manga Entertainment version. Can anyone please share what the 9 minutes covered? I’m wondering whether enough material was restored to warrant purchasing the new version. Thanks.

  25. elzosmid
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    How is this movie compaired to the others by Miyazaki?

  26. MFdeez_the_gypsy_catcher
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    i know its a brash statement, but hey its an opinion. anyone agree?

  27. Kayevemorris
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    I’ve watched this film a couple of times and I never understood why lupin weirdly moves his hands to clarisse’s shoulder’s while they hug. The scene is really funny but I never understood why he does that.

  28. phogroian
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    I was really surprised. G** D*** it, B*tch, B*astard, etc. Was all that really necessary?

  29. hulkcat
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    Does anyone remember playing an arcade game based on this movie in the early 80s? It was very much like Dragon’s Lair. The game was taken directly from the movie and required basic moves coinciding with flashing arrows on the screen. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name.

  30. wimperwell
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    Where can I find the television show for lupin? I read somewhere that it had something like 200 episodes, so it must have been good, does anyone know?

  31. Smartalec917
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    *spoilers*

    I had guessed that Lupin had created a costume and was pretending to be the Archbishop but I think that they should have elaborated on that scheme and the results of what they did with the Archbishop a little bit more…

    ))< >((

  32. theholmboy
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    Anyone know what the white thing is that Lupin burns his mouth on when he is eating his noodles? My American Ramen Noodles don’t have anything like that. ;)

    Thanks,

    RHH

  33. Jerinaf2
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    You know what? There are so many things from my previous thread that I, simply put, "don’t care" anymore. I don’t care if Miyazaki didn’t have full control with the screenplay. I don’t care if LUPIN III originated from Maurice LeBlanc’s Arsene-Lupin novels. I don’t care if Miyazaki’s interpretations of Lupin and his goonies stretched away from Monkey Punch’s manga version. I don’t care if LUPIN III was a popular TV franchise back in the day (especially Season 1 and the two episodes Miyazaki had worked on Season 2). I don’t care if this is the *BEST* LUPIN III movie (that’s the people’s opinion). I don’t care if there are characters from Castle of Cagliostro that Miyazaki created specifically for this movie. And most of all: I don’t care if Castle of Cagliostro is a Miyazaki film.

    What I DO know, is that Castle of Cagliostro is not a *Studio Ghibli* movie. AND it had the pacing and storytelling of a *beep* "Disney" movie; in that the plot would forever hurry on to the next plot point and spare little time for such seemingly extraneous details and moments, and that there is a villain in this movie that gets killed off at the end; just like almost every hand-drawn Disney movie ever produced (something that Miyazaki "regrettably" included in this movie). And take into consideration that Lady Clarisse hardly gets any screen time in the movie, making her less of an attachable character (someone that we can emotionally relate with); unlike Miyazaki/Ghibli movies where the heroines gets considerable screen time to make the audience get an attachment to them. And plus, this movie focused "too much" on cheap, cartoony antics, which was a source that drove the whole movie along, but hey, what can you expect from LUPIN III. There are many more gripes I have about this movie that is filtered throughout the film.

    I am SO surprised that everyone who has been defending the movie in my previous thread has not been able to see the "many" flaws in Castle of Cagliostro. And I don’t see what was so "captivating" about Cagliostro and the characters in it. I guess I focused more on the "production" perspectives in my CoC thread rather than the "general" perspectives. But still. I couldn’t believe how humble people can be in this board. It’s almost leading me to believe that people are taking Studio Ghibli for granted.

    There are two eras of Miyazaki: The Pre-Ghibli era and the (you guessed it) Ghibli era. It’s during the Ghibli era that Miyazaki is most adored and admired. The Pre-Ghibli era (1963-1981) is just proof that Miyazaki had been working on animation before his very first international success: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

    Okay. So Castle of Cagliostro IS a Miyazaki film, in that he was the director (There! I admit it. Happy?). But it does not have the "masterful" storytelling in his Studio Ghibli movies. *THIS* is the point I was trying to make.

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