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New Restoration of Hayao Miyazaki's 'Castle of Cagliostro' Coming Soon (VIDEO)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 27, 2014 at 2:18PM

A digitally remastered edition of "The Castle of Cagliostro," the first animated feature from Studio Ghibli master Hayao Miyazaki, is headed for Japanese theaters on May 9. When will we see it in the US?
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'The Castle of Cagliostro'
'The Castle of Cagliostro'

A digitally remastered edition of "The Castle of Cagliostro," the first animated feature from Studio Ghibli master Hayao Miyazaki, is headed for Japanese theaters on May 9. (Clip below.)

The re-release coincides with the 35th anniversary of the 1979 manga-based film, which follows international thief par excellence Arsene Lupin III as he attempts to rescue a rogue princess from the titular "Castle" and its malevolent Count. "Cagliostro" is a treat for Ghibli fans, and a glimpse at nascent Miyazaki.

So when will see this new version in the US? Though Miyazaki's latest and last film, Oscar-nominated "The Wind Rises," didn't quite break $6 million stateside, there is a draw here for Studio Ghibli. In 2012, new 35mm prints of "Spirited Away," "Castle in the Sky" and a few other Ghibli releases surfaced in the US, a year after premiering at charity screenings in Japan. Give it a year or less, and we should see "Castle of Cagliostro" in American rep houses -- though hopefully not in dubbed form.

Read our 2014 interview with Miyazaki here, and go behind-the-scenes of Studio Ghibli here.

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