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Lupin the Third: The Secret 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 ... Lupin (voice)

Bob Bergen ... Lupin (1995) (voice: English version)
William Dufris ... Wolf (1996) (voice: English version) (as Bill Dufries)
Tony Oliver ... Lupin (2003) (voice: English version)
Kô Nishimura ... Mamo (voice)

Robert Axelrod ... Mamo (1995) (voice: English version)
Allan Wenger ... Mamo (1996) (voice: English version)
Paul St. Peter ... Mamo (2003) (voice: English version) (as George C. Cole)
Gorô Naya ... Zenigata (voice)

David Povall ... Zenigata (1995) (voice: English version)
Sean Barrett ... Zenigata / President (1996) (voice: English version)

Dan Martin ... Zenigata (2003) (voice: English version) (as Jake Martin)
Eiko Masuyama ... Fujiko (voice)
Edie Mirman ... Fujiko (1995) (voice: English version)
Toni Barry ... Fujiko (1996) (voice: English version)
Michelle Ruff ... Fujiko (2003) (voice: English version)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ... Jigen (voice)
Steve Bulen ... Jigen (1995) (voice: English version)

Eric Meyers ... Jigen (1996) (voice: English version) (as Eric Myers)

Richard Epcar ... Jigen (2003) (voice: English version)
Makio Inoue ... Goemon (voice)
Kirk Thornton ... Goemon (1995) (voice: English version)

Garrick Hagon ... Goemon (1996) (voice: English version) (as Garrick Hagen)

Lex Lang ... Goemon (2003) (voice: English version)
Kôsei Tomita ... Commissioner (voice)
Jeff Winkless ... Boris / Commissioner (1995) (voice: English version)

Richard Cansino ... Commissioner / Scientist (2003) (voice: English version) (as Edward Zilla)
Tôru Ôhira ... Stuckey (voice)
Steve Kramer ... Chief / Gissinger / President (1995) (voice: English version)
Osgood W. Glick ... Stuckey (2003) (voice: English version)
Hidekatsu Shibata ... Gordon (voice)

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

Michael McConnohie ... Gordon (2003) (voice: English version)
Shôzô Iizuka ... Flinch (voice)
Bob Papenbrook ... Flinch (2003) (voice: English version)
Ikki Kajiwara ... Boris (voice)
Haruo Minami ... Chief (voice)
Shunsuke Shima ... Premier (voice)
Fujio Akatsuka ... President (voice)
Ichirô Murakoshi ... Scientist (voice)
Yûji Mikimoto ... Cop (voice) (as Masaru Miyashita)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Baddeley ... Chief / Commissioner / Gissinger (1996) (voice: English version) (uncredited)

William Roberts ... Boris / Gordon (1996) (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)

Carl Macek (adaptation) (1995 Streamline English version)

Ardwight Chamberlain (dialogue) (1995 Streamline English version)

George Roubicek (writer) (Manga UK English version)

Grant Moran (2003 Pioneer 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)
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
Shôjurô Yamauchi .... animator: OH Productions
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

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rupan sansei" - Japan (original 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?

According to Fred Patten, Mamo is written as "Mameaux", but fans were more familiar with using the term "Mamo".See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Inspector Koichi Zenigata:Ah son of a bitch!
Arsene Lupin III:Hey Pops, take it easy, exercise can be awfully dangerous at your age ya know!
Inspector Koichi Zenigata:Shut up you!
See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Rupan sansei: Chronicles (1997) (VG)See more »
Super HeroSee more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A memorable, and pretty enjoyable Lupin movie., 9 October 2009
Author: Ian Gear (psychogoatee) from United States

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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