- 成城美学美術史 (ISSN:13405861)
- no.20, pp.1-18, 2014-03
The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) is the first feature film (long film) by MIYAZAKI Hayao, the most famous Japanese anime director. In this article I will show that this animation film is a typical swashbuckler very much influenced by classical Hollywood ones. For that purpose, I first argue what classical Hollywood swashbucklers are, and briefly explain the history of this genre (or subgenre of adventure movies). Second I clarify typical traits of narratives and ways of directing of classical Hollywood swashbucklers. Then I show not only that The Castle of Cagliostro is a typical swashbuckler but also that it is one of the best swashbucklers in the film history, and I suggest that influences of classical Hollywood movies should be more taken into account in thinking about and analyzing MIYAZAKI's films.