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Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo (1978)
"Rupan sansei" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  16 December 1978 (Japan)
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Lupin risks death to learn the secret and intentions of a wealthy and seemingly immortal, but certainly ruthless, recluse.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yasuo Yamada ...
Eiko Masuyama ...
Fujiko Mine (voice)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ...
Daisuke Jigen (voice)
Makio Inoue ...
Gorô Naya ...
Tôru Ôhira ...
Stuckey (voice)
Kôsei Tomita ...
Commissioner (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata ...
Special Agent Gordon (voice)
Shôzô Iizuka ...
Flinch (voice)
Ichirô Murakoshi ...
Scientist (voice)
Shunsuke Shima ...
Dietman (voice)
Yûji Mikimoto ...
Police Officer (voice) (as Masaru Miyashita)
Kô Nishimura ...
Mamo (voice)
Haruo Minami ...
Chief Police Officer of Egypt (Special Guest) (voice)
Fujio Akatsuka ...
President (Special Guest) (voice)
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Storyline

In Transylvania, Lupin III, the notorious international thief, is hung and no one is more suprised to learn of that than Lupin III himself, who was alive and well and nowhere near that area at that time. The answer to that mystery, begins to surface when Lupin gets a seemingly ordinary pebble from an Egyptian pyramid for his would-be girlfriend, Fujiko, the mercenary thief, who is in the employ of a mysterious figure known only as Mamo. Intrigued by this bizarre request, Lupin decides to get involved and finds himself in an international chase that has a greater scope and danger than he has ever faced. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Also Known As:

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JPY 500,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

There were 1,315 people in the staff. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

Inspector Koichi Zenigata: Lupin you should get arrested in the country Arsene Lupin it would promote friendly relations between France and Japan!
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Crazy Credits

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Soundtracks

Rupan Ondo
(1978)
Music by Yûji Ohno
Lyrics by Monkey Punch
Lyrical complement by Daizaburô Nakayama
Performed by Haruo Minami
Arranged by Yûji Ohno
Published by Teichiku Records
(Heard only in the original Japanese version, as well as the 1995 Streamline and 1996 Manga UK English versions)
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Fun, but not as good as Castle Of Cagliostro

I have just recently began to discover the Lupin III series. I purchased Castle Of Cagliostro(CoC) a few weeks ago. This film, while a fun adventure, lacks the fluidity of CoC. CoC builds up the excitement with subtle events as well as action filled moments. The Mystery Of Mamo seems to be rather disjointed at times. There are some high points followed by low points and back again, much like a rollercoaster.

One thing that I did not like was the animation style. I found the way Lupin was drawn and how he walked to be a bit...odd. CoC has better animation as well as more natural character movements.

Now, It may sound as if I did not like Mystery Of Mamo. That is not the case. The storyline is very enjoyable. More of a Sci-Fi theme compared to CoC. Watching Lupin constantly hit on Fujiko is quite humorous! As in CoC, Lupin shows some excellent ingenuity in how he deals with Mamo. Jigen and Goemon add their charisma to this film, more so than CoC. And the action is not missing from this film.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this film to any Lupin III fan. While not the fun-filled ride that Castle Of Cagliostro is, Mystery Of Mamo is still enjoyable to watch and does belong on the shelves of Lupin III fans.

One closing note. The car chase through the sewer with the helicopter, the hanging scene, as well as major amounts of footage from CoC, were used in a 1983 Laserdisc Arcade game titled Cliff Hanger.


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