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Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo (1978)

Rupan sansei (original title)
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While attempting to win the affections of a beautiful rival, a master thief risks death to learn the secret intentions of a wealthy and seemingly immortal, but certainly ruthless, recluse.

Directors:

Sôji Yoshikawa, Yasuo Ôtsuka (as Yasuo Otsuka)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Tôru Ôhira ... Stuckey (voice)
Kôsei Tomita Kôsei Tomita ... Commissioner (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata Hidekatsu Shibata ... Special Agent Gordon (voice)
Shôzô Îzuka Shôzô Îzuka ... Flinch (voice)
Ichirô Murakoshi Ichirô Murakoshi ... Scientist (voice)
Shunsuke Shima Shunsuke Shima ... Dietman (voice)
Yûji Mikimoto Yûji Mikimoto ... Police Officer (voice) (as Masaru Miyashita)
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Mamo (voice)
Haruo Minami Haruo Minami ... Chief Police Officer of Egypt (Special Guest) (voice)
Fujio Akatsuka 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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Will love defeat an eternal evil? See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

16 December 1978 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Lupin the 3rd: The Movie - The Secret of Mamo See more »

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Budget:

JPY 500,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

TMS Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Production on the film took fifteen months. See more »

Goofs

The spade that Lupin knocks over when trying to hide from Mamo's thug was not there in the beginning of the scene. See more »

Quotes

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?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits set up the film's theme of cloning by depicting the growth of an embryo. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Japanese DVD includes at least one scene that was deleted before the film's original 1978 release: It involves one of Mamo's henchmen bursting out of a cabin. See more »

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Soundtracks

Super Hero
(1978)
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 psychogoateeSee 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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