Hayao Miyazaki

The Genius and Wonder of Hayao Miyazaki

At the Venice Film Festival in September 2013, Koji Hoshino, president of Studio Ghibli, announced the retirement of legendary filmmaker and animator, Hayao Miyazaki.

Let's reminisce about Miyazaki's illustrious career over the last four decades.

The Castle of Cagliostro

        Miyazaki’s directorial debut features Lupin III, a character from a popular manga series. The influence of The Castle of Cagliostro is apparent throughout many films, including a scene in The Simpsons Movie where Bart rolls down a roof.

        The Castle of Cagliostro (Hepburn: Rupan Sansei: Kariosutoro no Shiro?, Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro) is a 1979 Japanese animated action comedy film co-written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is the second film featuring Monkey Punch's master thief Arsène Lupin III, from his manga series Lupin III.[2] The film was Miyazaki's first time directing a theatrical feature after having previously worked as an animator for Toei Animation and TMS Entertainment and directing several shows including Lupin III and two episodes of Lupin III Part II.

        The original theatrical release in Japan occurred on December 15, 1979. The American theatrical debut was on April 3, 1991, with the home release following in October 1992. This first dub was produced by Streamline Pictures and released on home video the following year. A new dubbed version was produced by Manga Entertainment in 2000 and has had several releases.