Wednesday, June 10, 2015

1979 - CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO, Miyazaki's first feature.


Hayao Miyazaki, made the transition to features with this film based on an animated character named Arsene Lupin, a thief.  This was the 2nd feature film featuring Lupin and it's an exciting action film. 

Miyazaki has taken stock action characters, the thief with a heart of gold, the evil Count, the bumbling police inspector and the innocent blonde girl in danger and somehow managed to make them work in a story about counterfeiters operating out of a castle with a dungeon no less.


The animation technique may look outdated and let's face it the characters are very cartoonish looking at times but Miyazaki turns these liabilities into  assets.  The pace of this film is so fast and the action scenes integrated into the plot are so well done,  a viewer will probably not be bothered by the rather primitive look that pervades the film at times.

Action movie directors could learn a thing or two about making these kinds of movies studying Castle of Cagliostro a few times

100 minutes.

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