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  • Actors: Eiko Masuyama, Goro Naya, Kanichi Kurita, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Makio Inoue
  • Directors: Minoru Ohara
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Eastern Star
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030Y120A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,018 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Lupin is after mafia boss Galvez's single most precious treasure: a treasure within a treasure. Jigen is Galvez's hired gun who fails to kill cat-burglar Lupin in his first attempt on the treasure and seeks revenge. Fujiko is the girlfriend of Lupin's rival, Brad. Zenigata travels from Japan to America to find and arrest Fujiko. Goemon seeks the almighty sword that cuts steel, Zantetsuken. This sword is mysteriously connected to the treasure in Galvez's vault.... After a series of twists and turns, these complete strangers become acquainted in their "First Contact," an epic adventure!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elias B. on June 12, 2010
For over forty years now, Monkey Punch's Arsene Lupin III has been one of Japan's most treasured anime and manga characters. He has appeared in a highly successful series of movies (one of which, "Castle of Cagliostro", was directed by future auteur Hayao Miyazaki), three TV anime series, and over twenty movie-length TV specials, which are a
celebrated yearly event among fans in Japan. But for the longest time, diehard Lupin followers have never been really clear on the origins of their beloved thief, nor the origins of his accomplices. "Episode 0: First Contact", the fourteenth TV special (yes, America is THAT behind), sets out to answer the frequently speculated-on start of Lupin, his best friend Jigen, et al.

When a TV reporter asks Jigen, Lupin's closest friend and longtime partner, how he became involved with Lupin, Jigen and femme fatale Fujiko, he begins to relay a tale of his younger days. Many years ago, a millionaire assigned him to protect a giant cylinder said to be made of unbreakable metal. It just so happened that it was that very cylinder that Lupin and Fujiko, along with another thief named Brad, picked as their next heist. As one can expect, the events that follow their meeting meet the levels of frantic lunacy that we've come to expect from the franchise. There are chases, gun fights, and most importantly, the very first face-off between longtime rivals Lupin and Inspector Zenigata. Any of the franchise will feel right at home here, and it will also provide some insight into the beginnings of all the characters.

With a jazzy soundtrack, great animation, and nonstop exhilaration, "The First Contact" is one of the Lupin specials that doesn't disappoint on any level.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TheoGeoAes on April 19, 2012
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I'll be brief. The Lupin TV specials vary in quality from great (Crisis in Tokyo, Farewell to Nostradamus) to just plain boring (Dragon of Doom). There, now that you have an idea of what I prefer among the older TV specials, my opinion should be helpful even if you disagree with me. Episode 0 is fun, well paced and full of goofy adventure. I actually watched it twice within one week. The packaging is bare-bones, as are the features, but I'm the kind of guy who thinks all those things are miniscule compared to the quality of the movie itself. In this case, the feature alone is worth the asking price. The only thing I feel the need to mention is that it is subtitled only, so if you were hoping for the awesome season 2 dub cast, they aren't here. Don't let that deter you unless you really hate subtitles, because the Japanese cast is wonderful. I highly recommend it to any Lupin fan new or old.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tore Linde on October 4, 2010
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Finally a film about Lupin III's origins even though it seemed Jigen was only taking the piss when telling the "story" to the gullible female journalist. The story was fast paced and extremely funny at times and silly just the way I like it. If you don't take yourself too seriously and/or prefer deep convoluted plots this is definitely for you. A fun ride for the entire family and as camp as they get. I also liked the fact that the film has its original Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles. I quite like the English dubs on earlier releases thanks to the cheeky voices but it was nice to hear Japanese voices for a change. Looking forward to more adventures with Lupin III in the future.
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By Jane b. on May 22, 2014
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This is a great movie with superior action, humour, pacing, characterization, and animation, especially for a TV special. While I would like to say this would be a great way to introduce people to Lupin III, I must say the story has more impact (and I have no doubt it was intended this way) if viewers already know the characters and their 'current' relationships to each other. I have already watched it multiple times and I have yet to tire of it at all. Each main character gets a chance to hog the spotlight for a while, and no one gets shortchanged. Add in the always dynamic, driving soundtrack by Ohno Yuji and this is near-perfection.
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