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  • Actors: Robert Axelrod, Richard Cansino, George C. Cole, Richard Epcar, Osgood W. Glick
  • Directors: Richard Epcar, Soji Yoshikawa
  • Format: Anamorphic, Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009L4TB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,030 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lupin the 3rd - The Secret of Mamo" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Digitized Original Movie Program (Translation In Booklet)
  • Original "Coroner's Report"
  • Conceptual Art
  • Collectible Reversible Cover
  • 12 Page Booklet - Includes Character Guide, Behind The Scenes Comments From Original Japanese Cast And Lupin Creator Monkey Punch

Editorial Reviews

The world's most wanted master thief, Lupin the Third is dead! Despite a coroner's report, Inspector Zenigata is skeptical and discovers that Lupin is actually alive and well and stealing! But who had set up Lupin's death and why? Meanwhile, Fujiko is lured by the promise of eternal youth and beauty by the mad scientist know as Mamo. Pursuing Fujiko leads Lupin and his gang to Mamo's hideaway, where they discover the madman's dark secret and a fiendish scheme that threatens the entire planet! Now, it’s up to Lupin to stop the insane Mamo - before he can complete his 10,000 year-old plans of world domination.

KEY SALES POINTS: Lupin is one of Japan's biggest pop culture icons, spawning 6 theatrical films, 10 television films and 228 TV episodes. This is the first THEATRICAL FEATURE of Lupin series (theatrically released in 1978) Digitally High Definition Remastered for DVD release.

DVD FEATURES: Bilingual format (new English dialog 5.1 and original Japanese audio with optional English subtitles), interactive animated menus, scene access. Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation DVD extras include Conceptual Art Gallery, Excerpts from the original movie program and promo poster

BONUS - FREE INSIDE: Lupin Magic keychain (while supplies last), Collectible reversible cover, Booklet of Interviews, movie information, character information and more!

Customer Reviews

Without giving too much away; it opens several plot points and only weakly covers them.
newagealchemist
First of all, for anyone that has seen any of the Lupin T.V. episodes will enjoy most of the movies.
J. Hayes
Unlike the acclamed 'Castle of Cagliostro', this film is very true to its original form.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elias on June 13, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The earliest Lupin movie many fans remember is the excellent Hayao Miyazaki adventure, "The Castle of Cagliostro."
In that classic film, viewers were introduced to an honorable and altruistic Lupin that deviated greatly from the
one they saw in the manga. It was this film that set the tone for essentially all Lupin films to follow; in
every subsequent entry, while Lupin still kept his ways of thievery and womanizing, he went about his affairs in
a bit more pure-hearted kind of way (two of the best examples of this are "Dead or Alive" and "The Secret of
Twilight Gemini".) But when Lupin was first put onto the big screen back in 1979, the director's aim was to give
audiences a taste of the lecherous, murderous thief they had grown accustomed to in Monkey Punch's original manga.
Enter "The Secret of Mamo".

Fans of "Cagliostro" beware: this is Lupin like you've most likely never seen him portrayed in more recent specials
and movies. This version of the world's greatest thief is an irresponsible buffoon, who chases after women even
if it leads him into a trap that could spell his death, and who hits people in his car without a second a second thought.
It's scary to think this man also houses what could be one of the world's greatest minds. No matter the situation, Lupin
is able to escape from any ordeal imaginable, by using his unique brand of logic coupled with a questionable brand of
strategy. Watching Monkey Punch's most famous creation at his zany, perverted, brilliant best is worth more than the
entry price.

But that's not all you're going to get from this film. Also housed is an excellent plot, one of the best I've ever seen
in a movie in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Hayes on July 11, 2004
Format: DVD
First of all, for anyone that has seen any of the Lupin T.V. episodes will enjoy most of the movies. Personally I am a big fan of the show so I bought this dvd without having seen it before. Overall I am very glad I made this purchase. It feels like a 2 hour long episode and that is okay in my opinion. For those new to Lupin, it is basically about 4 expert thieves who travel the world and steal the most high profile items. Lupin III is the main character, and there is no better thief in the world. His crew includes samurai Goemon, gunman Jigen, and the beautiful Fujiko who is sometimes his ally and sometimes is not. Fujiko uses Lupin's infatuation for her to her advantage in getting what she wants from him, much to the dislike of his other partners. The Secret of Mamo begins with Lupin presumed dead. But as Inspector Zinegata, who is always after Lupin to arrest him, finds out Lupin is alive and well. But someone has set it up to look that way. Meanwhile Fujiko is lured to the promise of eternal youth and beauty by a scientist known as Mamo. Lupin, Goemon and Jigen pursue Fujiko, ending up on Mamo's island. While there they discover that Mamo has a plan bigger than they could have realised, a plan to take over the world that has been going on for 10,000 years. Can Lupin stop Mamo before it is too late? If you have seen the tv show then you already know the answer to that. But this is the first Lupin movie I saw and it is one of my favorites. This is old school anime, chock full of cheesiness and lower quality animation, but nevertheless Lupin is one of the best anime series ever. The series has influenced so many other things in the world of anime/animation in general, and if you see this movie you will know why. This is an action-packed movie that I really enjoyed, and I recommend it to fans of Lupin III or any anime fan in general.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. A Huffman on May 2, 2004
Format: DVD
Billed as the first Lupin III movie, "The Secret of Mamo" is a lot of fun to watch. The animation is not the greatest, but the storyline is interesting and contains some very funny scenes. The action is fast and furious and filled with gunplay and narrow escapes. If you've seen and enjoyed other Lupin features like "Castle of Cagliostro" then you will like this one.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Arsenio Lupin on July 5, 2003
Format: DVD
I am a big fan of Lupin the 3rd and I saw all Lupin anime episodes from the pilot film to the last one. Secret of Mamo is one of the best Lupin episodes ever made, as good as Miyazaki's "The Castle of Cagliostro"
It contains a lot of mystery. Mamo is really a mysterious character and is said to be Lupin's biggest enemy!
This is anime, but it has a very deep theme, "Is to be immortal really make people happpy?"
People call this move "great humbug", It contais a lot of scenes which many people consider silly but we enjoy it because it is silly. There're not so many movies that we are fond of because they are silly.
Actually, this movie has been translated into English FOUR TIMES! One for Japan Air Line, one for USA(translated by other company under the title of "Mystery of Mamo") and one for UK(under the title of "Secret of Mamo"). This is the fourth translation. This fact proves how good this movie is.
This DVD OF COURSE has both English and Japanese dialogue. All Lupin and anime fan will enjoy it. But it may be hard to understand for small children.
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By Spider Monkey on February 2, 2011
Format: DVD
'Lupin The Third: The Secret of Mamo' is a retro animation from Japan. It has pretty dated animation and cheesy (but kinda funky) 70's music and is definitely old school. Don't expect another 'Spirited Away' or 'Steamboy' here. When in the first half hour you see a motorbike inside an egyptian pyramid, a helicopter in a sewer and a juggernaut that is able to run over cars like bugs, you soon realise that this film isn't one to be taken too seriously. The re-dub in this film is a crime to the original feel of the film and genre, to use modern terms and analogies seriously detracts from the overall feel of the film. There are some pretty psychedelic scenes, and not in a good way like in Akira, but plain weird like when running through various famous painting scenes of Dali and Escher etc, and meeting Hitler! Very strange. As a fan of Japanese animation I was left disappointed, but if you're a fan of retro animation then this may be up your street. Worth a viewing if you like other Lupin films, but you could easily miss it and search for better anime films before coming back to this one.

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