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The Castle of Cagliostro


Like most Japanese anime films, this 1979 Hayao Miyazaki masterpiece concerns innocent, true love between a young boy and girl. In nearly all Miyazaki films, setting takes a back seat to the all-consuming, efficacious power of love, and The Castle of Cagliostro is no different.

The movie is clearly an early-80’s creation as showcased from the loud, gaudy clothing, retro hairstyles, and throwback phrasing. There are even a couple of sexual innuendos that delight even the most mature of movie-watchers. In one particular scene, the evil Count catches the voluptuous and sassy Fujiko as she attempts to escape his castle. He says something along the lines of, “Ah, Fujiko, you have behaved very badly. We shall have to discuss your punishment in my private chambers later.”

Aside from the cheesy, grin inducing dialogue, the art style, animation, and story line are fantastic. Following the pattern of subsequent Ghibli flicks, the plot of this movie is as follows: 

  1. Hero is trying to solve a problem or unearth a wrong.
  2. Hero discovers a damsel in distress while on quest.
  3. Hero attempts to rescue damsel from villain while battling the aforementioned problem/wrong (but fails).
  4. Damsel transforms into heroine and against all odds, saves the hero with the power of true love.

Princess Monoke, Spirited Away, Ponyo, and Howl’s Moving Castle are just a few of the more recognizable titles that follow this tried and proven sequence. Love conquers all.

For my fellow Ghibli groupies, The Castle of Calgliostro is a must see (and more importantly, is available on Instant Cue for Netflix).

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