Not since Cliff Hanger have you been so close to the action of the Lupin gang. Starting on the 20th, a restored print of the classic Lupin III theatrical release The Castle of Cagliostro will be screened in theaters across the country — with select MX4D screenings also planned.
Originally released in 1979, The Castle of Cagliostro has the distinction of being Hayao Miyazaki’s feature film directorial debut. It’s also considered by many to be one of the best (if not the best) anime ever made, and has influenced makers of both Eastern and Western entertainment with its energetic, gravity-defying action scenes.
MX4D-capable cinemas are making good use of that action, integrating their technology with the film’s visuals for the first time ever. Theatergoers can experience the thrill of Lupin and Jigen’s car chase, Lupin’s terrifying tower jump, and the final battle on the clock face. Viewers’ seats are equipped with seat poppers, scents, motion, and rumbling effects to make it feel like you’re really there — and the theater itself is outfitted with lighting effects to enhance the experience.
Voice actress Sumi Shimamoto (who played the imprisoned princess bride Clarice) and key animator Kazuhide Tomonaga took the enhanced screening for a test drive recently, and both were thoroughly impressed. Shimamoto especially loved the car chase on the seaside cliff, warning viewers to keep their mouths closed because of realistic water splashes. Tomonaga commented on the clock tower battle, saying it was surprisingly realistic and perfectly immersive with the combination of the big screen and MX4D effects.
Both regular and MX4D theaters will be showing a digital remaster based on the print show in cinemas in 2014. The showings begin January 20th. MX4D tickets are 2,200 yen ($19.36) each, significanly less than the usual MX4D ticket price of 3,000 yen ($26.40). Moviegoers will also receive a special postcard with purchase of ticket.
More information is available at the film’s official website.
Source: Anime! Anime!
Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.