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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week ...

Today's movie is currently available to watch via Netflix on Demand.


Yoinked from wikipedia with a sprinkling of ...

"The Castle of Cagliostro (ルパン三世 カリオストロの城, Rupan Sansei: Kariosutoro no Shiro?, Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro) is a 1979 Japanese animated film co-written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is one of the master thief Lupin III films.

The second animated Lupin III movie and arguably the most famous, Castle of Cagliostro was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (who also co-directed the first Lupin III TV series and directed two episodes of the second) before he formed Studio Ghibli. Cagliostro features gentleman thief Lupin III, grandson to Maurice Leblanc's French literary master thief Arsène Lupin.

Things open with Lupin and Jigen scoring a major haul from a ritzy casino. As they make off with the dough, however, Lupin notices that it's all counterfeit. He then quickly decides to hatch a new plan: find the source of the bogus cash. This leads Lupin and Jigen to the country of Cagliostro, where they suspect the fake money is being produced. As they are traversing the countryside, a girl in a wedding dress goes speeding by while being pursued by a bunch of thugs. Lupin, being as gallant as he is, decides to help this damsel in distress. His rescue attempt goes a little awry, though, and leaves him with only a mysterious ring for his troubles. From there, Lupin uncovers that the girl is actually the princess Clarisse set to wed the vile count of Cagliostro. Once again, the gallant Lupin plans to intervene.

From there on in it's a madcap adventure as Lupin, Jigen, Goemon, Fujiko, and yes, even Inspector Zenigata, all become involved in an intertwining plot involving the princess Clarisse, the evil count, and the promise of a wondrous treasure. The Castle of Cagliostro is the quintessential Lupin III flick, which comes as no surprise considering it's directed by the master of Japanese animation, Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese manga artist and prominent film director and animator of many popular anime feature films such as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Ponyo.

Gary Trousdale, co-director of Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire, admitted that a scene at the end of Atlantis, where the waters recede from the sunken city, was directly inspired by a similar scene from Cagliostro. One of the sequence directors of The Simpsons Movie also mentioned Cagliostro as an influence; the scene where Bart rolls down the roof was inspired by Lupin running down the castle roof during his rescue attempt.

In 1979, Toho released the original theatrical version. It was originally subtitled by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and then dubbed and released in 1991 by Streamline Pictures. A new dub was recorded by Manga Entertainment in 2000, which changed the tone of many characters. Manga's new dub has been praised for its overall faithfulness to the original Japanese dialogue, but criticized for its addition of profanity in some scenes.

Footage from this movie, along with the previous Lupin movie Secret of Mamo, appear in the 1983 laser disk video game Cliff Hanger."

Steve's Snacks Of The Week:
Ruffles Chips
Peanut Butter Crackers

Anyway, I wasn't able to find this free. But it's available to watch RIGHT NOW on your Netflix on Demand, and I am all about Ponyo AND Lupin the III, so this film is the best of both worlds.

So have fun. I'll try not to get punched by any christians today.

Enjoy the show, y'all!

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