223. The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

Gentleman thief Lupin has just escaped from a Monte Carlo casino with a suitcase full of cash. However he soon realises that the money is counterfeit, so he goes on a trip to the Duchy of Cagliostro, where he suspects the fake cash has come from.

En route, he tries to rescue a young girl who is being attacked. He is knocked unconscious only to later discover that the girl is Clarisse, the Princess of Cagliostro. Lupin now decides to rescue the Princess and to get to the bottom of the counterfeiting operation, but things aren’t going to be easy…

I love anime and this is well-animated with a good story line, but I couldn’t put my finger on why I wasn’t particularly gripped by the film. Something was missing – maybe a little of the charm you get in later anime films. Maybe it’s now due for a remake?

5/10

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