Lupin the 3rd – The Castle of Cagliostro, the film that was Hayao Miyazaki’s feature film directorial debut, will come to theaters in the United States in September.
The Castle of Cagliostro is being put into theaters to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lupin III, the gentlemen thief who first appeared as the star of a manga series created by Monkey Punch in 1967.
The Castle of Cagliostro is an action-adventure story starring Lupin and his criminal crew. Originally released in 1979, the influential film is still highly regarded by critics.
Here’s the film description released by Eleven Arts and TMS Entertainment USA:
The Castle of Cagliostro follows the great thief Arsène Lupin III, who successfully robs a casino – only to find the money to be counterfeit. He heads to the tiny country of Cagliostro, the rumored source of the bills, and attempts to save the runaway Clarisse from Count Cagliostro's men. Lupin enlists his associates, Jigen and Goemon, and sends his calling to the Count to get Inspector Zenigata, his longtime nemesis, to the castle. After becoming trapped in the dungeon under the castle, Lupin and Zenigata form a pact to escape and foil the Count's counterfeit operation and save Clarisse from her forced marriage to the Count
Miyazaki’s debut film wasn’t originally released in the United States until 1991. Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro received a new Blu-ray release in 2015 which many fans consider to be definitive. The film was also included in The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki box set that was released later the same year.
Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro, the feature film debut of Academy Award-winning anime creator Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service), makes its gallant return to home video with more special features and a better transfer than ever before! In the twilight of his career, master thief Lupin the Third's latest and greatest caper has hit a snag. What should've been bags of cash from a national casino turns out to be expert counterfeits! Together with his partner-in-crime Jigen, Lupin heads to the remote European nation of Cagliostro to exact revenge. Not everything goes as planned; the two encounter Clarisse, a royal damsel in distress being forced to marry the sinister Count Cagliostro against her will. Saving her won't be easy, however, as Lupin and Jigen -- together with Lupin's unpredictable ex-girlfriend Fujiko and the swordsman Goemon -- must fight their way through a trap-filled castle, a deadly dungeon, and an army of professional assassins! Can Lupin rescue the girl, evade the cuffs of his long-time nemesis Inspector Zenigata, and uncover the secret treasures of The Castle of Cagliostro?