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Rupan sansei (1978)

Lupin risks death to learn the secret and intentions of a wealthy and seemingly immortal, but certainly ruthless, recluse.

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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 Îzuka ...
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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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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16 December 1978 (Japan)  »

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JPY 500,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

There were 196 character design sheets for this movie. See more »

Goofs

In the overhead shot of Jigen walking through a crowd in Madrid, a passer-by's hair color changes from brown, to dark grey, to brown in the same shot. See more »

Quotes

Mamo: The process has its limitations.
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Mamo: But is it not... everyone's obsession?
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Crazy Credits

According to linear notes on Discotek Media's DVD release, Toho originally exported the film with a modified title sequence made up of spliced footage from the film, and credits for major production staff in English. However, no credits were provided for the film's original dub cast. Thus, most of Toho's dub cast remains unknown to this day. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

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Music by Yûji Ôno
Lyrics by Yôko Narahashi
Performed by Tommy Snyder
Published by Teichiku Records
(Heard only in the first English dub)
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A memorable, and pretty enjoyable Lupin movie.
9 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Secret of Mamo is a crazy, memorable, and pretty enjoyable Lupin movie.

The first theatrical Lupin movie, this has some very solid animation for 1978, and some very interesting direction. Very colorful and lively. The soundtrack by Yuji Ohno is a blast too, and of course the original voice cast delivers.

The story in this one is pretty crazy, and by the end it's pretty much pure nonsense. Lupin is up against a psychotic diminutive man with a god complex, and it leads to some very strange things. Including a cameo from Hitler, naturally.

This movie has a fairly brisk pace for the most part, bad things just keep happening to the Lupin gang. One minute they're on the run from a freakishly large truck, the next they're being bombarded by bombs.

Where this movie gets really weird is the characterization. Lupin is less cool and laid back in this one, in general he's pretty irritable and annoyed, even with his loyal gang. I have to admit, this makes Lupin less likable to me in this one.

Fujiko has a pretty big part in this one, she's quite entertaining, although she does make some questionable decisions. Jigen makes out well in this, and Goemon is pretty cool like usual. Zenigata is great in this, tirelessly hunting Lupin down. But again, seeming a bit out of his usual anime character when he actually wants to kill Lupin.

The movie in general is closer to the tone of the manga, with it's insanity and less likable characters.

So, pretty much, this is a very memorable movie, it goes above and beyond into the realm of insanity, and it's quite entertaining. The classic dynamic that the characters usually have in the anime is somewhat skewed here though, and the story itself is not entirely satisfying.

None the less, this is a wild ride that I recommend checking out.


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