6.9/10
734
10 user 9 critic

Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo (1978)

Rupan sansei (original title)
Lupin risks death to learn the secret and intentions of a wealthy and seemingly immortal, but certainly ruthless, recluse.

Directors:

, (as Yasuo Otsuka)

Writers:

(comic), | 4 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Lupin squares off with two criminal families and Inspector Zenigata's new female patrol to track down a hoard of biblical-era treasure.

Directors: Seijun Suzuki, Shigetsugu Yoshida
Stars: Maki Carousel, Keiko Han, Fumi Hirano
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Lupin and his gang are called to action when Goemon's fiancé is held hostage by a mysterious ninja clan.

Director: Masayuki Ozeki
Stars: Toshio Furukawa, Banjô Ginga, Mami Koyama
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Lupin must rescue a young girl from a mysterious doomsday cult, who wants a book of prophecies hidden by the girl's father.

Directors: Shunya Itô, Takeshi Shirato, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Kan'ichi Kurita, Brice Armstrong, Laura Bailey
Lupin the 3rd (1977–1980)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The master thief Lupin III and his cronies continue their globe-trotting exploits, with the stubborn Inspector Zenigata ever at their trail.

Stars: Yasuo Yamada, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Gorô Naya
Rupan sansei (1971–1972)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The adventures of the master thief Lupin III and his cohorts as they dive into various escapades, all the while in pursuit by the tenacious Inspector Zenigata.

Stars: Yasuo Yamada, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Yukiko Nikaido
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

To erase his criminal records, Lupin must steal the Ultravirus file.

Director: Osamu Dezaki
Stars: Yasuo Yamada, William Dufris, Gorô Naya
Lupin III: Voyage to Danger (TV Movie 1993)
Action | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Lupin takes on a gang of arms dealers, but must deal with a new complication: Inspector Zenigata is taken off the Lupin case and replaced with a new officer who wants Lupin dead.

Director: Masaaki Ôsumi
Stars: Brice Armstrong, Dameon Clarke, Derek Garrison
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Lupin and his friends face 7 dangerous criminals.

Director: Hideki Tonokatsu
Stars: Masaru Ikeda, Makio Inoue, Tarô Ishida
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When Lupin heads to the kingdom of Zufu to pilfer its treasure, he incurs the wrath of its psychotic ruler General Headhunter, who places a dead-or-alive bounty on his head that many intend to collect.

Director: Monkey Punch
Stars: Kan'ichi Kurita, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Makio Inoue
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Chinese Kingpin Chin Chin Chu is after a dragon figurine that's a key to creating an alloy said to be greater than Goemon's Zantatsu Sword. The dragon figurine is located in the depths of ... See full summary »

Director: Masaharu Okuwaki
Stars: Brice Armstrong, Laura Bailey, Bob Carter
Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story of how the fashionable femme fatale Fujiko Mine first met Lupin III, anime's greatest thief.

Stars: Michelle Ruff, Miyuki Sawashiro, Kan'ichi Kurita
Rupan sansei: Part III (1984–1985)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The continuing adventures of the master thief Lupin III.

Stars: Yasuo Yamada, Gorô Naya, Kiyoshi Kobayashi
Edit

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)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Mamaux calls himself God. Who is he? See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

16 December 1978 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Lupin III  »

Box Office

Budget:

JPY 500,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Production on the film took fifteen months. See more »

Goofs

When Lupin tells Goemon and Jigen that they should travel towards the ocean, his lips don't move at all, despite his face being clearly visible throughout. This error was repeated in the Toho and Manga dubs, but was corrected for the Streamline and Geneon dubs - Lupin does not say anything in the Streamline dub, while a related line is given to Goemon in the Geneon dub. See more »

Quotes

Daisuke Jigen: Don't be a friggin' idiot!
Arsene Lupin III: That's just it... I'd be an idiot if I didn't go!
Daisuke Jigen: The world is full of women, Lupin!
Arsene Lupin III: It's lousy with women. But not with love.
See more »

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

Referenced in Lupin III: Green vs. Red (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Super Hero
(1978)
Music by Yûji Ôno
Lyrics by Yôko Narahashi
Performed by Tommy Snyder
Published by Teichiku Records
(Heard only in the first English dub)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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....


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Deleted Scenes thirdminustwo
How hard would this version be to come by? ImmortalKnight
Which is the best dub/DVD version? gnomekid
English dub... hitokiri-neo
English dub... hitokiri-neo

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?