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Rupan sansei (1978)

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

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Fujiko Mine (voice)
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Daisuke Jigen (voice)
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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)
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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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JPY 500,000,000 (estimated)
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A total of 62,000 cells sheets were used. See more »

Goofs

When Lupin arrives at Mamo's temple, a sign bears the name 'Haward Lockewood.' This is a misspelling of Mamo's alter-ego, 'Howard Lockewood.' This error was not rectified in neither the Toho dub, the Manga dub nor the Geneon dub (the Toho and Manga dubs increase the obviousness of the error by changing Mamo's alias to 'Foward Fughes'). However, the error was somewhat rectified in the Streamline dub, where the first name is pronounced in a manner similar to 'Hayward.' See more »

Quotes

Daisuke Jigen: Don't be a friggin' idiot!
Arsene Lupin III: That's just it... I'd be an idiot if I didn't go!
Daisuke Jigen: The world is full of women, Lupin!
Arsene Lupin III: It's lousy with women. But not with love.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Rupan sansei (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Rupan Ondo
(1978)
Music by Yûji Ôno
Lyrics by Monkey Punch
Lyrical complement by Daizaburô Nakayama
Performed by Haruo Minami
Arranged by Yûji Ôno
Published by Teichiku Records
(Heard only in the original Japanese version, as well as the 1995 Streamline and 1996 Manga UK English versions)
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The first "Lupin III" movie
27 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

Lupin III is Japan's longest running anime series, spawning five movies, three television series, annual Television specials which continue to this day and even a live-action movie. One of the films, "Castle Of Cagliostro", in fact, is considered an animation classic by most critics on both sides of the Pacific. However, before "Cagliostro" there was "Mamo". Mamo is based more on the traditional Lupin as created by manga artist Monkey Punch-so those who are used to the kind anti-hero in COC might be in for a slight shock. This Lupin is more of a womanizer and a trickster than Miyazaki's version. The plot doesn't flow as well as COC's, and is kind of drawn out with a couple false endings. The visuals aren't as good as COC either, with some rough-looking animation in spots and action scenes that don't flow as well. Anyway, it's still a good movie, especially for fans of Monkey Punch's take on the character(as opposed to Miyazaki) just overlong. A word to the wise though-the DVD doesn't have the Japanese track, something which some anime fans might not like. The dub is OK voice wise, but the script has obviously been rewritten slightly-something which becomes blatantly obvious when you hear, over a radio, George Bush and Boris Yeltsin chatting, something really out of place in a 1978 film....


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