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色褪せない映画:「ルパン三世 カリオストロの城」(1979) A Movie that Never fades: ‘Lupin Ⅲ The Castle of Cagliostro’ (1979)


 This is my favorite among the films directed by Miyazaki Hayao. Compared to the Ghibli works, its story may be quite simple, not so artistic nor innovative. Even so I love this movie for some reason. There are some possible reasons and the first one I can come up with is its highly entertaining quality. Plus there’s one more reason which might be more important and that is the nostalgia for the year, 1979, which seems to be , in my opinion, a turning point in the Showa era. 

ルパン三世 カリオストロの城 デジタルリマスター版 予告編


 To put it briefly, this is a story about a damsel in distress. The reason why such a stereotyped plot for an adventure story made this movie successful is the fabulous settings. The settings of the story like a small dukedom in Europe, the heroine as a princess who is a only survivor of a collapsed kingdom, the villain as an arrogant, cunning count, and the hero as a chivalrous thief are so exhilarating. On top of that, there are various elements that make the story more enjoyable, for example, well-portrayed characters, exciting car chases, big conspiracy theories, interesting mysteries, a convincing ending, and a lot of famous lines. The following conversation between chief inspector Zenigata and the heroine called Clarisse which they have at the end of the movie always makes me cry.    


Zenigata:“Darn it! I just missed him. How dare Lupin steal successfully”


Clarisse: “No, he stole nothing. He just fought for me”         


Zenigatta: “Actually, he did. He has stolen something precious. …It’s your heart”


Clarisse: “…Yes!”



 By the way, what was the year 1979 like? In my opinion, I have a feeling that something has changed after this year. What has changed was, I suppose, the postwar period has almost ended this year in people's minds. I was a little boy at that time, but I already had a feeling that Japan and Japanese people were not sophisticated. Japanese people had been struggling to rise from the ashes of defeat until then. The rebound from that long period might have started this year. I have a feeling that this movie, which was released at the end of 1979, symbolized that and felt like the dawning of a new era.     

ルパン三世 カリオストロの城

ルパン三世 カリオストロの城

  • 発売日: 2017/04/28
  • メディア: Prime Video