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Lupin the Third: Strange Psychokinetic Strategy (1974)

Rupan Sansei: Nenriki chin sakusen (original title)
Though his father's partner Jigen wants him to take charge of the Lupin Empire and the obsessed detective Zenigata wants him behind bars, Lupin III is only concerned about being with the beautiful (and treacherous) lady thief Fujiko.


Takashi Tsuboshima


Hiroshi Nagano (screenplay), Monkey Punch (manga)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Yûki Meguro ... Lupin III
Eiko Ezaki ... Fujiko Mine
Maria Anzai Maria Anzai ... The Girl at the Wharf
Shirô Itô ... Inspector Zenigata
Kiyoshi Maekawa Kiyoshi Maekawa ... Marutakadai, an Assassin
Fuimî Fuimî ... The Woman in Orange Dress
Yukiko Katada Yukiko Katada ... Dragon Sister
Yoko Matsumoto Yoko Matsumoto ... Dragon Sister
Sayoko Nishida Sayoko Nishida ... Dragon Sister
Akemi Sakamoto Akemi Sakamoto ... Dragon Sister
Tomoko Sugiyama Tomoko Sugiyama ... Dragon Sister
Junko Yamada Junko Yamada ... Dragon Sister
Akira Hitomi Akira Hitomi ... Detective Ôoka
Takashi Ebata ... Detective Toyama
Rin'ichi Yamamoto Rin'ichi Yamamoto ... Genkurobei
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This Lupin the Third movie is set before he meets Daisuke Jigen, Goemon Ishikawa, or Fujiko Mine. It starts out with Lupin meeting a cute girl, who's on her way to being locked up. Lupin busts her out, only to be left behind. He later encounters Daisuke Jigen, who desperately wants Lupin to reincarnate the Lupin empire. Lupin also later (again) meets Fujiko, wanting expensive jewelry and promising Lupin a "worthy prize". He must do this (well, if he wants Fujiko that is) while avoiding being killed, and while deciding if he really wants to take over the Lupin empire. Written by Anonymous

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Fun for Lupin Fans and Non-Fans Alike
8 August 2006 | by LauraOrganaSoloSee all my reviews

I'm not big on Lupin III. A combination of a plot hooks that don't really appeal to me and low-budget, old school character design has never made it worth the effort or money for me. But my friends like Lupin III and dragged me with them to see this at an anime convention.

I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I laughed a great deal, and not because of its hyper-retro 70s camp but because of its genuinely amusing, tongue-in-cheek silliness.

"Strange Psychokinetic Strategy" is like a fabulous cross-over of Lupin III and the Pink Panther films: physical gags and slap-stick, a frustrated police chief, crazy assassins, adventure, skillful, sexy ladies outwitting everyone else, and the most debonair Lupin ever.

This isn't really universally appealing -- those without a taste for silliness and a tolerance for campiness and cheese, intentional or otherwise, will probably roll their eyes at most of this movie. But if you have ever laughed at something involving Peter Sellers or Mel Brooks, you should give this movie a try.

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