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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie centered on a master thief trying to rescue a princess from a master counterfeiter.
Positive Role Models
Lead character is a master thief, and the bad guy is a master counterfeiter.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon violence throughout. Car chases. Fighting with machine guns, revolvers, grenades, swords, a mace, axes. Characters shot, injured; some blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Characters frequently use "damn" and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lead characters almost always have cigarettes in their mouths. Beer drinking in a bar. Martini drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro is a 1979 anime in which a smart-talking master thief tries to rescue a princess from a master counterfeiter. Lupin and his sidekick Jigen almost always have a cigarette in their mouths. Infrequent mild profanity ("damn," "hell"). Cartoon violence, including car chases, and fighting involving a vast array of weaponry -- everything from machine guns and grenades to swords and maces. One of the characters gets shot and injured; some blood. Martini and beer drinking. This is the debut feature-length of legendary anime director Hayao Miyazaki, and is based on a manga series. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While it has its moments, this is more of a '70s cartoon than the trademark anime we've come to expect from the genre. It's the feature-length debut of Hayou Miyazaki, and for anime fans, it's interesting to watch simply to appreciate the development of his style over the years. Some of the backgrounds and characters portend greater things to come. The fantastical reality of the tiny fictional European nation of Cagliostro displays considerable animation, and goes far in going beyond its overall '70s look and feel. Indeed, most of Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostrocomes across more like 1979 Hanna Barbera rather than Studio Ghibli.
In keeping with what we've come to expect from anime, there are several side stories running through that are separate from the central story. It usually works, even if the backstory of the relationship between the princess and Lupin starts to feel creepy, until Lupin clearly puts it in the proverbial friend zone. For anime fans, it's an entertaining, seminal, and classic glimpse at Miyazaki's beginnings. For everybody else, the story, as convoluted as it can be, and as much as the bad guys sometimes look like the masked "monsters" in Scooby-Doo mysteries, is fun and accessible.
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