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Lupin the Third: The Secret of Mamo (1978)
"Rupan sansei" (original title)

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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 ...
Lupin (voice)
...
Lupin (1995) (voice)
William Dufris ...
Wolf (1996) (voice) (as Bill Dufries)
Tony Oliver ...
Lupin (2003) (voice)
Kô Nishimura ...
Mamo (voice)
...
Mamo (1995) (voice)
Allan Wenger ...
Mamo (1996) (voice)
Paul St. Peter ...
Mamo (2003) (voice) (as George C. Cole)
Gorô Naya ...
Zenigata (voice)
...
Zenigata (1995) (voice)
Sean Barrett ...
Zenigata / President (1996) (voice)
Dan Lorge ...
Zenigata (2003) (voice) (as Jake Martin)
Eiko Masuyama ...
Fujiko (voice)
Edie Mirman ...
Fujiko (1995) (voice)
Toni Barry ...
Fujiko (1996) (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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Sometimes being able to put together a world-class art collection takes a thief... this time it takes an extraordinary thief!


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16 December 1978 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Lupin the 3rd: The Movie - The Secret of Mamo  »

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Budget:

JPY 500,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

18,000 reference photos were used for background and mechanical items. See more »

Goofs

During the chase in the sewer, the tires of Lupin's Mercedes Benz SSK are seen behind the water. In the next shot they are in front of the water. Note: This goof was corrected in both the Vap and Pioneer DVD releases. See more »

Quotes

Daisuke Jigen: Hey, the road's over there!
Arsene Lupin III: Shut up!
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, in a corner of the screen Lupin and Zenigata run from the missile barrage; this scene is intercut with previous scenes from the film. See more »

Connections

Followed by Lupin III: Alcatraz Connection (2001) See more »

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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The first "Lupin III" movie
27 December 2000 | by (Keene NH USA) – See all my reviews

Lupin III is Japan's longest running anime series, spawning five movies, three television series, annual Television specials which continue to this day and even a live-action movie. One of the films, "Castle Of Cagliostro", in fact, is considered an animation classic by most critics on both sides of the Pacific. However, before "Cagliostro" there was "Mamo". Mamo is based more on the traditional Lupin as created by manga artist Monkey Punch-so those who are used to the kind anti-hero in COC might be in for a slight shock. This Lupin is more of a womanizer and a trickster than Miyazaki's version. The plot doesn't flow as well as COC's, and is kind of drawn out with a couple false endings. The visuals aren't as good as COC either, with some rough-looking animation in spots and action scenes that don't flow as well. Anyway, it's still a good movie, especially for fans of Monkey Punch's take on the character(as opposed to Miyazaki) just overlong. A word to the wise though-the DVD doesn't have the Japanese track, something which some anime fans might not like. The dub is OK voice wise, but the script has obviously been rewritten slightly-something which becomes blatantly obvious when you hear, over a radio, George Bush and Boris Yeltsin chatting, something really out of place in a 1978 film....


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