One of the most recognizable animation series in Japanese history is heading to US theaters this fall, as Fathom Events presents 1979’s Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro for two nights only in September. The film’s first-ever nationwide release in the States coincides with Lupin’s 50th anniversary.
Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro — co-written and directed by anime legend Hayao Miyazaki in his feature film debut — will play Thursday, Sept. 14 (English dubbed) and Tuesday, Sept. 19 (English subtitled) at 7 p.m. local time. The screenings are a partnership between Fathom Events, ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio, and TMS Entertainment. Tickets go onsale August 18 through FathomEvents.com.
“Anime events continually prove to be a wildly popular genre for our audiences,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said. “We are thrilled to debut Hayao Miyazaki’s first masterpiece on big screens nationwide and to partner with ELEVEN ARTS and TMS Entertainment to make this possible.”
Inspired by the manga by Monkey Punch (Kazuhiko Katou), Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro follows the great thief Arsène Lupin III, who successfully robs a casino – only to discover the money is counterfeit. He heads to the tiny country of Cagliostro, the rumored source of the bills, and attempts to save the runaway Clarisse from Count Cagliostro’s men. Lupin enlists his associates, Jigen and Goemon, and sends his calling to the Count to get Inspector Zenigata, his longtime nemesis, to the castle. After becoming trapped in the dungeon under the castle, Lupin and Zenigata form a pact to escape and foil the Count’s counterfeit operation and save Clarisse from her forced marriage to the Count.