Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Miyazaki's 70th Birthday

I'd like to commemorate Miyazaki-san's 70th birthday (01/05/1941) with a few reconstructed background pans from his first feature as a director: Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro (Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro)

Although it looks like a less personal work than his later fantasy epics, Miyazaki's style is already visible. Despite its limited animation, Cagliostro is very entertaining even if one doesn't know anything about the whole Lupin III franchise. It's set in that lush, dreamy version of Europe - in this case the Riviera - that Japanese artists evoke so successfully.


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