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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 Heiji Zenigata VII (voice)
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)
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 ... Chief (2003 Pioneer dub) / 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) (as Sean Barret)
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)
Ardwight Chamberlain ... Goemon (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) / Gissinger (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)
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)
Lanny Broyles ... Flinch (1979 Frontier Dub) / Guard (1979 Frontier Dub) / President (1979 Frontier Dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Walter Carroll ... Officer (1979 Frontier Dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Mike Fitzpatrick ... Scientist (1996 Manga Dub) / Dietman (1996 Manga Dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Jeff Harding ... Flinch (1996 Manga dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Cliff Harrington ... Dan Dunn (Daisuke Jigen) (1979 Frontier Dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Adam Henderson ... Scientist (1996 Manga Dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
James Keating ... Arsène Lupin III (1979 Frontier Dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Don Knode ... Gordon (1979 Frontier Dub) / Commissioner (1979 Frontier Dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Patricia Kobayashi ... Margo (Fujiko) (1979 Frontier Dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Clay Lowrey ... Secretary (1979 Frontier Dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Jeff Manning ... Chief (1979 Frontier Dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Richard Nieskens ... Scientist (1979 Frontier Dub) / Dietman (1979 Frontier Dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)

William Roberts ... Boris (1996 Manga dub) / Gordon (1996 Manga dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Frank Rogers ... Gissinger (1979 Frontier 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 ... Foward Fughes / Mamaux (Mamo) (1979 Frontier Dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Sôji Yoshikawa 
Yasuo Ôtsuka (supervising director) (as Yasuo Otsuka)
Writing credits
Monkey Punch (comic)

Atsushi Yamatoya (scripts) &
Sôji Yoshikawa (scripts)

William Ross (dialogue) (1979 Frontier English dub) uncredited

Ardwight Chamberlain (dialogue) (1995 Streamline English dub)

Grant Moran (dialogue) (2003 Phuuz/Pioneer dub)

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)
Tetsuo Katayama .... assistant producer
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 Ôno  (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
Wendy Horowitz .... assistant production manager (1995 Streamline version)
Yoichi Ikeda .... chief production staff
Katsunori Kondo .... production staff
Scott Narrie .... production manager (1995 Streamline version)
Kara Redmon .... production coordinator (1995 Streamline version)
Kazuaki Yajima .... production staff
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
Elliot Anders .... recording engineer: 1995 Streamline English version
Satoshi Hara .... sound mixer
Shoji Hashimoto .... sound effects editor
Satoshi Kato .... recording director
Chris Latham .... ADR recording engineer: 2003 Pioneer English version
Clive A. Mitchison .... re-recording engineer: 1996 Manga Video UK English version (as Clive Mitchison)
Ernie Sheesley .... final remix: 1995 Streamline English version
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
Yûzô Aoki .... animation director (as Yuzo Aoki)
Yûzô Aoki .... character designer (as Yuzo Aoki)
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 dub)
Vincent Distefano .... subtitles (2003 Pioneer English dub)
Richard Epcar .... ADR director (2003 Pioneer English dub)
Katsunori Haruta .... production staff
Yoichi Ikeda .... chief production staff
Carl Macek .... ADR director (1995 Streamline English dub)
Mariana Malkoskie .... subtitles (2003 Pioneer English dub)
Frederick Patten .... story editor (1995 Streamline English dub) (as Fred Patten)
Kara Redmon .... production coordinator (1995 Streamline English dub)
George Roubicek .... ADR director (1996 Manga Entertainment English dub)
George Roubicek .... adr script (english version)
Darlene Waddington .... ADR Script Editor (2003 Pioneer English dub)
Kazuaki Yajima .... production staff
William Ross .... adr director (1979 Frontier English dub) (uncredited)
Carl Gustav Horn .... special thanks: Discotek Media DVD release

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rupan sansei" - Japan (original title)
"Lupin III" - Japan (literal English title), USA (premiere title)
"Lupin III: The Mystery of Mamo" - USA (reissue title)
"Lupin the 3rd: The Movie - The Secret of Mamo" - USA (DVD box title)
See more »
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?

2,800 cuts were made in the film.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Goemon is inconsistently referred to as 'Samurai' (an artifact from Toho's original English dub) and 'Go-men' throughout the Manga Entertainment dub.See more »
Goemon Ishikawa:The thing I can't stand is that secret indecent intention of yours!
Daisuke Jigen:Forget it. That's one thing you can never cure.
Goemon Ishikawa:And just what are you to Lupin? If you were a true friend, you should have cured his immoral habit years ago!
Daisuke Jigen:Don't get hysterical, you crazy man!
[a standoff between Goemon and Jigen ensues]
Goemon Ishikawa:I've been wanting to cut that hat of yours.
Daisuke Jigen:Hmm? What's that mean?
Goemon Ishikawa:I want to see if you're hiding a bald head!
Daisuke Jigen:Well, now! Wanna fight?
See 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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