Originally published at: https://geektherapy.org/gkids-acquires-north-american-theatrical-rights-to-lupin-the-3rd-the-castle-of-cagliostro/

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NEW YORK (June 30, 2021) – GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced today it has acquired the North American theatrical distribution rights for “LUPIN THE 3RD: THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO,the 1979 feature film debut from acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki, from TMS Entertainment. GKIDS will release “LUPIN THE 3RD: THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO” theatrically in July 2021 in both Japanese and an English language dub. The film will screen in an all new 4K restoration starting July 16, 2021 at the IFC Center in New York City and July 30, 2021 at The Landmark Westwood in Los Angeles, and The Roxy Theater in San Francisco, with additional dates and markets to follow.

The “LUPIN THE 3rd” franchise, from original creator Monkey Punch, began in 1967 and has spanned a variety of manga, TV, game, theme park ride, and musical adaptations. Leading up to his feature directorial debut on LUPIN THE 3RD: THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO, Hayao Miyazaki and fellow Studio Ghibli co-founder and OscarÒ-nominee Isao Takahata directed various episodes of the first installment of the anime series, “LUPIN THE 3rd PART 1,” which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. GKIDS also handles North American distribution for the latest franchise entry released last fall, “LUPIN III: THE FIRST,” which marked the storied saga’s first appearance in CGI. The deal for North American theatrical distribution rights to Miyazaki’s “LUPIN THE 3RD: THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO” was negotiated by GKIDS President David Jesteadt and Sam Maseba, Executive Director of Licensing for TMS Entertainment.

Theatrical Dates
July 16, 2021 at the IFC Center

July 30, 2021 at Landmark Westwood

July 30, 2021 at The Roxie

**Additional Dates and Markets to Follow

Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki makes his feature film debut in this beloved chapter of the LUPIN THE 3rd saga.

In the twilight of his career, master thief Lupin III’s latest and greatest caper has hit a snag. What should’ve been bags of cash from a national casino turns out to be expert counterfeits! Together with his partner-in-crime Jigen, Lupin heads to the remote nation of Cagliostro to exact revenge.

Not everything goes as planned; the two encounter Clarisse, a royal damsel in distress being forced to marry the sinister Count Cagliostro against her will. Saving her won’t be easy, however, as Lupin and Jigen — together with the unpredictable lady thief Fujiko and the swordsman Goemon — must fight their way through a trap-filled castle, a deadly dungeon, and an army of professional assassins! Can Lupin rescue Clarisse, evade the cuffs of his long-time nemesis Inspector Zenigata, and uncover the secret treasures of the Castle of Cagliostro?

“LUPIN THE 3RD: THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO” is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, written by Hayao Miyazaki and Haruya Yamazaki, and based on the original comics by Monkey Punch.