The grandmaster thief Lupin III and his associates devise a plan to escape from the stubborn Inspector Zenigata and the mercenary samurai Goemon Ishikawa.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Shinsuke Chikaishi ...
Taichirô Hirokawa ...
Kôichi Kitamura ...
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ...
Daisuke Jigen (voice)
Osamu Kobayashi ...
Eiko Masuyama ...
Fujiko Mine (voice)
Gorô Naya ...
Nachi Nozawa ...
Chikao Ohtsuka ...
Inspector Koichi Zenigata - TV version (voice) (as Norio Ôtsuka)
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Kogoro Akechi - TV version (voice) (as Kin Takagi)
Nobuo Tanaka ...
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Storyline

An introduction to the main characters of Lupin the 3rd. As we learn about who's who in this series. Zenigata tracks Lupin and his gang at an abandon mansion while Goemon wants to kill Lupin for his own purposes. While Lupin has already thought up a plan to get him and his friends out of this mess. Written by J LeGault

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Lupin III: Pilot Film  »

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Trivia

According to Monkey Punch, Fujiko Mine was named after Mount Fuji; "mine" is Japanese for "summit", which refers to her huge breasts. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[a police inspector sits at a desk, his hand on a top secret report of Lupin, when the phone rings]
Inspector Koichi Zenigata - Cinemascope version: [on the phone] Yes, this is Police Inspector Zenigata in the Investigation Department...
Arsene Lupin III - Cinemascope version: Hello, Inspector. You sound carefree to me. Are you playing shogi by yourself? How AWFUL are you?
Inspector Koichi Zenigata - Cinemascope version: Who is this?
Arsene Lupin III - Cinemascope version: Do you mind if I play shogi with you, by phone?
Inspector Koichi Zenigata - Cinemascope version: You can't be...!
Arsene Lupin III - Cinemascope version: Lupin III!
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Crazy Credits

The opening title gets a bullet shot through it. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Lupin III vs. Detective Conan (2009) See more »

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The earliest anime of Lupin the 3rd.
20 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was Lupin's first debut in animation. 2 years after being published in a comic by Monkey Punch.

This short film was just the beginning of a long history of one of the most popular series of Japan.

In this Pilot film, it introduces all 5 characters including Lupin, and gives you the basic idea of what the series is like.

Lupin plays Shouji with Zenigata on the phone, but only to discover that one of the pieces is fake with a bomb in it. Which makes Zenigata ferocious and wants to track down Lupin. While Goemon wants to kill Lupin for his own purposes.

It's a short story, the whole point of it was to show the profiles in animation form, and soon be promoted to TV and movie industries.

2 different versions were made of this short. On for TV and one for the movies. Course both have their differences, but same story to follow.

It's older than the 23 episode series, but it was the first tiny step for Lupin to become highly known throughout Japan.

It's only available to view by fan sub or the Secret Files R2 DVD.


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