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Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo -- Lupin risks death to learn the secret and intentions of a wealthy and seemingly immortal, but certainly ruthless, recluse.


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  (in credits order)
Yasuo Yamada ... Arsène Lupin III (voice)
Eiko Masuyama ... Fujiko Mine (voice)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ... Daisuke Jigen (voice)
Makio Inoue ... Goemon Ishikawa XIII (voice)
Gorô Naya ... Inspector Kôichi Zenigata (voice)
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)
Ikki Kajiwara ... Chief Secretary to President (Special Guest) (voice)
Tony Oliver ... Lupin the Third (2003 Pioneer dub) (voice: English version)

Richard Epcar ... Daisuke Jigen (2003 Pioneer dub) (voice: English version)
Michelle Ruff ... Fujiko Mine (2003 Pioneer dub) (voice: English version)

Lex Lang ... Goemon Ishikawa (2003 Pioneer dub) (voice: English version)

Dan Martin ... Inspector Zenigata (2003 Pioneer dub) (voice: English version) (as Jake Martin)
Paul St. Peter ... Mamo (2003 Pioneer dub) (voice: English version) (as George C. Cole)
Bob Papenbrook ... Flinch (2003 Pioneer dub) (voice: English version)

Michael McConnohie ... Gordon (2003 Pioneer dub) (voice: English version)
Osgood W. Glick ... Stuckey (2003 Pioneer dub) (voice: English version)

Richard Cansino ... Commissioner (2003 Pioneer dub) / Thug Guard (2003 Pioneer dub) / Premier (2003 Pioneer dub) / Scientist (2003 Pioneer dub) / President (2003 Pioneer dub) (voice: English version) (as Edward Zilla)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Axelrod ... Mamo (1995 Streamline dub) (voice: English version)
Sean Barrett ... Zenigata (1996 Manga dub) / President (1996 Manga dub) (voice: English version)
Toni Barry ... Fujiko (1996 Manga dub) (voice: English version)

Bob Bergen ... Lupin (1995 Streamline dub) (voice: English version)
Steve Bulen ... Jigen (1995 Streamline dub) (voice: English version)
William Dufris ... Wolf (Lupin) (1996 Manga dub) (voice: English version) (as Bill Dufries)

Michael Forest ... Gordon (1995 Streamline dub) (voice: English version) (as Mike Forest)

Garrick Hagon ... Goemon (1996 Manga dub) (voice: English version) (as Garrick Hagen)
Steve Kramer ... Chief (1995 Streamline dub) / Starkey (1995 Streamline dub) / President (1995 Streamline dub) (voice: English version)

Eric Meyers ... Jigen (1996 Manga dub) (voice: English version) (as Eric Myers)
Edie Mirman ... Fujiko (1995 Streamline dub) (voice: English version)

David Povall ... Zenigata (1995 Streamline dub) (voice: English version)
Kirk Thornton ... Goemon (1995 Streamline dub) (voice: English version)
Jeff Winkless ... Boris (1995 Streamline dub) / Commissioner (1995 Streamline dub) (voice: English version)
John Baddeley ... Chief (1996 Manga dub) / Commissioner (1996 Manga dub) / Gissinger (1996 Manga dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Don Knode ... Gordon / Commissioner (1979 Frontier Dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Patricia Kobayashi ... Margo (Fujiko) (1979 Frontier Dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)

William Roberts ... Boris (1996 Manga dub) / Gordon (1996 Manga dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
William Ross ... Samurai (Goemon) (1979 Frontier dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Greg Starr ... Ed Scott (Zenigata) (1979 Frontier dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Allan Wenger ... Mamo (1996 Manga dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Mike Worman ... Mamaux (Mamo) (1979 Frontier Dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Sôji Yoshikawa 
Richard Epcar (ADR director: 2003 Pioneer English version)
Carl Macek (ADR director: 1995 Streamline English version)
George Roubicek (ADR director: Manga UK English version)
Yasuo Ôtsuka (supervising director) (as Yasuo Otsuka)
Writing credits
Monkey Punch (comic)

Atsushi Yamatoya (writer) &
Sôji Yoshikawa (writer)

William Ross (dialogue: english version) uncredited

Carl Macek (dialogue: english version) &
Ardwight Chamberlain (dialogue: english version)

George Roubicek (dialogue: english version)

Grant Moran (dialogue: english version)

Maurice Leblanc (original concept: Arsène Lupin) uncredited

Produced by
Ken Duer .... producer: Fuse (2003 English version)
Yutaka Fujioka .... producer
Hideki Goto .... producer: Pioneer (2003 English version)
Laurence Guinness .... producer (Manga UK English version)
Saburô Gôda .... assistant producer (as Saburo Goda)
James Yosuke Kobayashi .... executive producer (2003 English version) (as Yosuke Kobayashi)
Carl Macek .... producer (1995 Streamline English version)
Hiroe Tsukamoto .... producer: Pioneer (2003 English version)
William Ross .... producer (1979 Frontier English version) (uncredited)
Original Music by
Yûji Ohno  (as Yuji Ohno)
Cinematography by
Keishichi Kuroki 
Film Editing by
Yoshiaki Aihara 
Casting by
Jill Wilmot (English version: Manga UK)
Art Direction by
Yukio Abe 
Production Management
Scott Narrie .... production manager (1995 Streamline version)
Art Department
Masaharu Arai .... ink and paint: Group Joy
Sumie Hagiwara .... ink and paint: Easy World
Mariko Kadono .... assistant to art director
Mari Kikuchi .... ink and paint: Easy World
Takashi Maekawa .... ink and paint: Easy World
Kiyoko Morita .... ink and paint: Easy World
Kenji Notani .... assistant to art director
Yumiko Sone .... ink and paint: Easy World
Toji Tateno .... ink and paint: Studio Tatge
Yoshiharu Wakai .... ink and paint: Studio Life
Toshimi Watanabe .... ink and paint: Easy World
Sound Department
Satoshi Hara .... sound mixer
Shoji Hashimoto .... sound effects editor
Satoshi Kato .... recording director
Clive A. Mitchison .... re-recording engineer: 1996 Manga Video UK English version (as Clive Mitchison)
Ernie Sheesley .... sound editor: 1995 Streamline English version
Ted Spooner .... dubbing mixer: 1996 Manga Video UK English version
Ted Spooner .... re-recording engineer: 1996 Manga Video UK English version
Camera and Electrical Department
Tetsuro Kumase .... camera operator: Trans Arts
Toshiaki Morita .... camera operator: Trans Arts
Toru Ogiwara .... camera operator: Trans Arts
Satoshi Ono .... camera operator: Trans Arts
Yoshimi Sakurai .... camera operator: Trans Arts
Masayuki Shimizu .... camera operator: Trans Arts
Takehiro Suzuki .... camera operator: Trans Arts
Kazushi Torigoe .... camera operator: Trans Arts
Hisako Yamaguchi .... camera operator: Trans Arts
Seiichi Yokotani .... camera operator: Trans Arts
Animation Department
Kimiko Amano .... animator: ACT
Junko Andô .... animator: Studio Live
Takeshi Anzai .... animator: ACT
Katsushi Aoki .... background artist: Kobayashi Production
Yuzo Aoki .... animation director
Yuzo Aoki .... character designer
Hisako Araki .... animator: ACT
Kazuo Ebisawa .... background artist: Atelier Robin
Takafumi Hayashi .... animator: ACT
Takahisa Ichikawa .... animator: Studio Mates
Kazuo Inoue .... animator: Magic Bus
Yumi Inoue .... animator: Studio Mates
Yamako Ishikawa .... background artist: Kabutomushi Kobou
Setsuko Ishizu .... background artist: Kabutomushi Kobou
Koyo Itô .... background artist: Mukuo Productions (as Koyo Ito)
Yukimatsu Itô .... animator: Act (as Yukimatsu Ito)
Yoshio Kabashima .... animation director
Miyuki Kanbayashi .... animator: Studio Mates
Junji Kasahara .... background artist: Atelier Rock
Hachio Kashime .... animator: Oka Studio
Takafumi Kato .... background artist: Mukuo Productions
Ken Kawai .... background artist: Atelier Rock
Ryoko Kishimoto .... animator: Studio Mates
Yûko Kitagawa .... animator: Studio Live
Shigetaka Kiyoyama .... animator: Magic Bus
Sakiko Kobayashi .... animator: ACT
Kenzô Koizumi .... animator: Studio Mates
Shigemitsu Koshiba .... animator: ACT
Tadao Kubota .... background artist: Mukuo Productions
Tatsuji Kunishima .... animator: Studio Look
Reiko Kuwahara .... animator: Studio Look
Hiroshi Kuzuoka .... animator: OH Productions
Tomoko Kôda .... animator: ACT
Junko Maeda .... animator: ACT
Masaji Maruyama .... animator: Studio Live
Saburô Masutani .... animator: Oka Studio
Setsuko Matsuda .... animator: Studio Look
Masazumi Matsumiya .... background artist: Mukuo Productions (as Masasumi Matumiya)
Kenji Matsumoto .... background artist: Atelier Robin
Jun'ichi Mizunô .... background artist: Kabutomushi Kobou (as Junichi Mizunoo)
Noriko Mochizuki .... animator: Studio Look
Akemi Morikawa .... animator: ACT
Seiji Murakami .... background artist: Atelier Rock
Kôichi Murata .... animator: OH Productions
Yûko Nakajima .... animator: Studio Mates
Hirotetsu Nishio .... background artist: Atelier Rock
Noriko Numa .... animator: ACT
Kiyomi Ogawa .... animator: Studio Live
Seiji Ogiwara .... color designer
Yutaka Oka .... animator: Studio Look
Kenichi Okamoto .... animator: OH Productions
Masae Ootake .... animation checker
Akio Sakai .... animator: Studio Live
Nobukazu Sakuma .... animator: ACT
Yoshiko Satô .... animator: ACT
Yumiko Satô .... animator: ACT
Mieko Seki .... animator: ACT
Tsutomu Shibayama .... director of layout and design
Setsuko Shibuichi .... animator: Magic Bus
Kazuyoshi Shimada .... animator: Studio Mates
Chûzô Shimizu .... animator: Magic Bus
Kazuhiro Sotoyama .... animator: Magic Bus
Mariko Suzuki .... animator: Magic Bus
Rie Takahashi .... animator: Studio Live
Toshio Takahashi .... animator: Studio Look
Masamichi Takano .... background artist: Atelier Rock
Tsukasa Tannai .... animator: OH Productions
Kazuhide Tomonaga .... animator: OH Productions
Sachiko Uchiyama .... animator: Studio Mates
Junji Uesugi .... animator: Studio Look
Hiroshi Watanabe .... animator: Studio Live
Toshio Yamauchi .... animator: OH Productions (as Shôjurô Yamauchi)
Yumiko Ôhasa .... animator: ACT
Shizuko Ôjima .... background artist: Mukuo Productions
Takeshi Ôsaka .... animator: ACT
Yukio Ôya .... animator: Studio Mates
Editorial Department
Alex Agoston .... video editor: 2003 Pioneer version (English version)
Masatoshi Tsurubuchi .... negative editor
Music Department
Seiji Suzuki .... music editor
Other crew
Yurika Dennis .... translation: 2003 Pioneer English version
Vincent Distefano .... subtitles: 2003 Pioneer English version
Katsunori Haruta .... production staff
Yoichi Ikeda .... chief production staff
Mariana Malkoskie .... subtitles: 2003 Pioneer English version
Kara Redmon .... production coordinator: 1995 Streamline English version
Kazuaki Yajima .... production staff
William Ross .... dialogue director (1979 Frontier English version) (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rupan sansei" - Japan (original title)
"Lupin III" - USA (informal literal English title)
"Lupin the 3rd: The Movie - The Secret of Mamo" - USA (DVD box title)
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102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:15 (DVD rating) | UK:12 (VHS rating) | USA:PG-13 (DVD rating)

Did You Know?

18,000 reference photos were used for background and mechanical items.See more »
Factual errors: The Toho dub renames most of the main characters, possibly to westernize them for American audiences. As a result, Inspector Zenigata is renamed 'Detective Ed Scott.' This name change is rendered somewhat incomprehensible when 'Scott's' police commissioner presents him with a bonus cheque with Zenigata's name (in kanji) written on it.See more »
Mamo:You know, you're a very rational fellow, Lupin... which of course makes you absurd.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Super Friends" (1973)See more »
Rupan OndoSee more »


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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
the first ever Lupin the 3rd Anime movie., 28 July 2005
Author: emasterslake from United States

This is the first Lupin the 3rd Anime Movie. It was made 1 year before Castle of Cagliostro. The plot and character designs are similar to the way they look in the manga series.

It has some funny moments to it. But wish it had some improvements to it in some parts.

If Miyazaki did this movie then we would see a more enjoyable Anime.

Comparing this to Castle of Cagliostro, it seems it was made 5 years before that movie.

in other words it's worth viewing. Just a reminder the animation is nothing compared to the kind in Castle of Cagliostro.

Not bad for being the first Lupin Anime film.

I give it 7/10 for almost perfect.

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