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Lupin III: The Pursuit Of Harimao's Treasure [DVD]

Yasuo Yamada , Kiyoshi Kobayashi , Masaaki Ôsumi    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yasuo Yamada, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Yukiko Nikaido, Gorô Naya, Chikao Ohtsuka
  • Directors: Masaaki Ôsumi
  • Writers: Monkey Punch
  • Format: Animated, Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ghibli
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006673B
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,905 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Harimao’s treasure. It’s worth over 8 billion dollars and it’s seems like everyone’s looking for it! But nothing’s going to stop Lupin from the treasure this time. With his faithful companions Jigen, Goemon and Fujiko, Lupin travels the globe, dodging bullets and Inspector Zenigata, to find the three statues that make up the key to the treasure.

But soon enough, a greater threat emerges … the Neo-Himmel! And Lupin must join forces with his chief adversary, ageing secret agent Sir Archer. Along with Archer’s beautiful grand-daughter, these unlikely partners set forth on an adventure that is dangerous, funny and filled with surprises.


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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lupin at his best ! 29 July 2003
Format:DVD
Japan's most favorite thief is at it again. This time on a mission to find (another) lost treasure, that can only be found using three small statuettes.
He searches for these in the most exotic and beautiful places in the world, joined by all his usual friends, the beautiful and sexy Fujiko, crack shot Jigen, master samurai Goemon and the hilarious police officer Zenigata.
Their foes: a former birtish spy, sir Archer and his lovely granddaughter Diana (with whom Lupin falls instantly in love) and an evil neonazi army.
Anime comedy at its best, with hilarious gags at teh most unexpected moments.
A gripping story that keeps you locked to your screen during the entire film, laden with everything from thrilling chases to devious double crossing.
I cannot find anything negative to write about this film, it's just great fun to watch. If you're interested in seeing Lupin at his best, you either get this or Caslte of Cagliostro.
Both of which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!
As for the DVD extra's, i can't really say much effort has been put into them. A character profile that explains the histories of the main characters ( which you can pretty much guess asyou see the film) otherwise, nothing special.
But i can assure you the film is all the reason you need to buy this dvd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adventure 24 Feb 2010
Format:DVD
As far as Lupin movies go this wont dissapoint, I find lupin to be one of the greatest of manga characters and this particular movie is very enjoyable
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Mediocre 18 Feb 2005
By Cadders
Format:DVD
After watching Castle of Cagliostro I really needed another fix of Lupin. Unfortunatelty this did not live up to my expectations. Okay the animation is slicker, but the plot didn't follow suit. I overlooked the fact that the DVD was dubbed only which perhaps put me off before I even watched it. But my instincts were right because this has the most awful dubbing ever! The majority of the voices are incredibly irritating, especially the mock English accent that keeps cropping up. All in all a charmless piece of tat.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few great Lupin features 28 Sep 2002
By "madnessmark" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
After watching Secret of Twilight Gemini, I thought that this was a trend Lupin TV specials would be following. Boy, was I wrong. Harimao's Treasure is one of the funnest Lupin features I've seen since Castle of Cagliostro.
The story has Lupin and the gang off on a treasure hunt for the hidden treasure of Harimao, a renegade of World War 2. Lupin, Jigen and Goemon go searching for the three statues to open it while Fujiko gets some info on the treasure from the owner of the British spy mueseum, accompanied by his grandaughter. These two groups eventually cooperate to find the treasure. Add in some Neo Nazis and you've got one heck of an adventure.
The film, in my opinion, was pretty good. It's directed by Osamu Dezaki (Black Jack) and it really shows if you're familiar with his other work. Unlike some of the other features, Lupin's love-interest in this film is one that doesn't quite like him, which makes for some fun antics. One of the funniest gags in this film is that poor Zenigata never actually gets a chance to eat his ramen. That really helps the story.
The music reminded me a lot of the original series. Most of the music in the film is dead on in comparison to original series making it all the more appealing to older fans. Goemon doesn't get as much screen time, but he does manage to impress Lupin a couple of times throughout the feature. Fujiko isn't quite as kick-butt in this feature, but that doesn't mean she isn't willing to take some matters into her own hands. Animation-wise, the film is above average when compared to Gemini, so fans should be happy with that.
The extras aren't really anything special. Just bios on the characters and English voice actors. The menus work perfectly, but the text is so tiny and blurry, you might not even know what your selecting. The packaging is pretty cool and also includes in insert.
Overall, Harimao is a great film I would recommend to World War 2 fans, Bond fans, Dezaki fans and Lupin fans in general. Highly recommended.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the Lupin franchise 29 Mar 2005
By E. David Swan - Published on Amazon.com
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First, despite what it may say above Hayao Miyazaki absolutely did NOT direct this film in fact his name doesn't appear anywhere in the credits at all. My understanding is that Miyazaki's experience with Lupin III was limited to `The Castle of Cagliostro' and a few television episodes. Still, `The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure' is a darn good Lupin flick.

The Eurotunnel linking Britain and France has been destroyed by terrorists and retired British spy Sir Archer is about to be financially ruined. As underwriter for the Lords of London insurance policy on the Eurotunnel, Sir Archer is now responsible for paying the cost of the damage. With the help of Lupin III, Sir Archer embarks on `The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure' in order to raise the capital to pay the policy and remain disgustingly wealthy. Standing in his way are a group of Neo-Nazi's led by the bizarre Herr Maforditte. Can anyone guess what HER secret might be?

Sir Archer is a pretty blatant homage to James Bond. Although he doesn't resemble Bond they make direct references to films `Goldfinger' and `From Russia With Love'. He even uses a Walther PPK.

`The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure' is one of the better Lupin III movies. The animation is well done and the scripting is great. One of my favorite parts was when Fujiko was trying to sell Goemon's services to Herr Maforditte and the stoic Goemon starts coughing out `more, more' in order to urge up his hourly wage. This kind of subtle humor is what makes the series and clearly the writers of Harimao `get it'. I really don't have any complaints with the movie and highly recommend it for Lupin fans and Anime fans in general.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Lupin Movie 10 Dec 2002
By AstroNerdBoy - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie was done a year before that hideous "Twilight Gemini" and this one is pretty good. Our boys start out with Lupin stealing some monkey statue. It turns out that it along with two other statues are the keys to the Harimao's Treasure.
I won't go into the story except to say that it flows fairly nicely. My girl Fujiko is the smart, sexy, and not to be trusted girl from the original TV series and "Castle of Cagliostro". Excellent! She's not the ignorant slut of "Gemini". The only character who suffers is Goemon. For some reason, he needs a job and the money and so he's been hired to help Lupin and company. Why? He was always part of the gang before. I haven't watched the Japanese version yet, so I don't know what liberties have been taken. However, as I looked this episode up on the net, it seems that Goemon is on the road to enlightenment and needs cash! OK, I'll bite.
About 1/3 of the way through the film, Goemon disappears and suddenly you think, "Where's Goemon?!" He's gone so suddenly and with no explaination that when you notice it, you wonder if you missed something! But never fear, he'll return, this time hired by Fujiko.
Jigen's character is done OK. Nothing great, but his skills are used and he's where he should be -- watching Lupin's back!
As for inspector Zenigata, he's mostly a waste here except to pass a nearly endless supply of Japanese ramen noodle (bowls included) jokes. But then getting him into every episode has to be pretty hard since he is never the bad guy.
Speaking of jokes, there are some good laughs here. I won't give them away, but I will say to be on the lookout for Lupin's unique parachute storage area! *lol* Classic.
As to the DVD itself, we have the English dub which is pretty good. As of this writing, I haven't compared it to the original Japanese so I don't know how many liberties they took with the translations. However, FUNimation will soften some jokes and statements in the name of political correctness. In addition to the English dub, there is the original Japanese version with or without subtitles. Otherwise, that's about it for extras.
Bottom line: I enjoyed this movie a lot. There is some brief animated nudity when Lupin gives away some Japanese porn, but that was the end of it. The humor is good, the story is pretty good, and the characters are treated well. Lupin fans: GET THIS DVD! Anime fans: I think you will enjoy this movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Goofy anime 26 Feb 2006
By Ronnie Clay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is the funniest lupin movie ive seen so far. The story is slightly ludicrous, but their are a few fun twists and turns. Harimo's treasure is worth over 8 billion dollars, everyone is looking for it. This time, nothing is going to keep Lupin from stealing it.

As far as the subtitles go, funimation did a excellent job with the english script. If you only watch the japanese version, you miss out on a lot of jokes.
3.0 out of 5 stars Miyazaki? 2 April 2005
By Richard J. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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Earlier reviews are informative, descriptive, and reasonably accurate. However, do not expect this to be a film directed by Hayao Miyazaki. His name does not appear on the credits. This film does not appear in the filmography in McCarthy's book on Hayao Miyazaki. And it certainly doesn't look like Miyazaki's work of the last few years.
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