#24 Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

#24 Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

The legendary thief Lupin the Third goes on his greatest heist ever in his second movie, which was directed by the animation master Hayao Miyazaki and his unparalleled Studio Ghibli. In this film, Lupin was voiced by David Hayter, the same voice actor who portrays Solid Snake in the Metal Gear series. This animated classic is ripe with charisma, and Lupin’s expressive face makes me wish I was a cartoon. Featuring what I feel to be the greatest car chase sequence ever made, it’s one that has to be seen to be believed. Unfortunately, due to copyright hounds there isn’t a video clip I could provide that would do it justice. This is the ultimate adventure movie. It has action, intrigue, inept detectives, romance, crime, and most notably Lupin’s fantastic sense of humor. The wacky tone that the TV series is known for has been toned down for a more grounded approach, which does a marvelous job of making the characters more lifelike and accessible. It doesn’t beat the audience over the head with grandiose ideas that Japanese anime are known for, and instead plays it cool. And if you’ve ever heard any of the stellar jazz soundtrack, you know cool is the name of the game.

1 comment:

checho said...

fuckin, bill!!! i HEART lupin the third!! i love his boots and i wanna dress like him!!!