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  • Directors: Gisaburo Sugii
  • Format: Animated, Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • 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: Mvm
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Sept. 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000633S8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,129 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Another adventure for the masterthief and gentlemen rogue, Lupin the Third. Tipped off by his old boss about a valuable treasure in the Moroccan desert Lupin, accompanied by trusty sidekick Jigen, and would-be girlfriend Fujiko, head off to find the riches. Nothing is easy however, and soon Lupin's old nemesis Inspector Zenigata is hot on his tail, and worse still a bunch of mysterious assassins are also not far behind. Can Lupin find the Twilight Gemini diamond, and uncover the secrets of the Gelt tribe before it is too late?

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By reviewer 687534 on 28 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
As a charismatic thief with James Bond like gadgets, Lupin's adventures tend to be light hearted action based flicks with comedy thrown in.
To the best of my knowledge there are at least 26 animated feature length movies, only 5 of which started off as cinema releases, all the rest are television specials.

Secret Of Twilight Gemini is arguably the worst one with it's painfully straight forward story line.

Try Lupin's second movie instead "Castle Of Cagliostro" where Lupin comes across as having charisma and charm, you don't have to be a Manga fan to enjoy it either. If you've already seen that and want another Lupin fix try his first movie "The Secret of Mamo" it's less well known but almost as good.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By robin the bobin on 19 Jan. 2014
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i enjoy every lupin the third series it very well made and is brillant for any japanse lover of this series lupin is great even looking like his female panter at times
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Lupin's Latest Is A Disappointment 14 May 2002
By Brad Frank - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Lupin III (aka Rupan 3, aka Wolf) was created by Japanese comic strip artist Monkey Punch in the mid 60's. He's the grandson of Arsene Lupin, the original gentleman thief created in 1906 by French mystery writer Maurice Leblanc, and later typified by Raffles and Simon Templar (The Saint).
Between 1971 and 1985, Lupin III appeared in over 200 half-hour episodes on Japanese TV. The first of six theatrical features was released in 1978, and a series of feature-length specials (13 so far) have appeared on Japanese TV annually since 1989. However, aside from poor quality, unlicensed copies, American audiences have only seen four of the features, and a mere two episodes (see the videos "Tales of the Wolf" and "Lupin III's Greatest Capers").
Lupin fans who have been eagerly awaiting this new DVD release will be disappointed. "The Secret of Twilight Gemini" (the 8th TV special, originally aired in 1996) features all the usual characters, but the story is so typical of Lupin as to be entirely uninspired. But the worse thing about it is the crudeness of the animation, even by American standards. This one was obviously made on a budget.
Newcomers to Lupin III may still find this enjoyable, but for much better examples, see the classics "The Mystery of Mamo" or "The Castle of Cagliostro".
A nice feature of the DVD is that you can choose between the original Japanese soundtrack (with or without English subtitles) or the English dubbed version, and the titles and other onscreen text can be switched from Japanese to English via the "angle" button of your DVD player.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Badly Written 15 Sept. 2002
By AstroNerdBoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
While the animation may not be up to snuff in this movie, the worst part is the writing. Basically, the story has Lupin at the bedside of an old, dying underworld boss. This boss gives Lupin an odd-shaped purple diamond called the Twilight Gemini. Apparently it is the key to a vast treasure in Morocco. So off Lupin goes followed by Inspector Zenigata. The rest of Lupin's gang shows up for whatever reason and don't do much for the movie except show up. Things are rather boring and uninteresting and when the end comes, it is a relief!
People with below-average intelligence will QUICKLY be able to figure out where the other half of the diamond is and who the chief bad guy really is. So, to make up for their bad writing, animated nudity is inserted. It is here that we see the Japanese love of fetishes such as large-breasted women, transvestites, and B&D. They found many opportunities to show Fujiko nude (topless) whenever the story becomes unwatchable. And just so Fujiko isn't the only one forced to lose her clothes, they have the character of Lara lose hers!
Characters are butchered here. Fujiko in "Castle of Cagliostro" is smart. She's been working undercover for a long time to try to make a huge score. When Lupin shows up, she aides him only because it helps her to do so. So she's sexy, smart, and classy. In "Twilight Gemini", Fujiko is reduced to an ignorant slut who uses sex to try to get information out of Lupin to find out why he's here. Her only purpose is to show her naked breasts at various times, nothing more.
While there should be a purpose for Jigen being here, he really has no purpose. The writers try to make up one but it is so weak as to be laughable. And then Goemon's purpose is only to fight the transvestite bad guy who apparently trained with Goemon at some point. Goemon supposedly has been on this person's trail for some time. Yeah, whatever.
Just horrible writing is the plague here. Obviously this was slapped together since the studio that made this movie just wanted a Lupin product out. If you are a hard-core Lupin fan who want's to add to their Lupin collection, go ahead and get this. Otherwise, I'd skip this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lupin's Latest Is A Disappointment 14 May 2002
By Brad Frank - Published on Amazon.com
Lupin III (aka Rupan 3, aka Wolf) was created by Japanese comic strip artist Monkey Punch in the mid 60's. He's the grandson of Arsene Lupin, the original gentleman thief created in 1906 by French mystery writer Maurice Leblanc, and later typified by Raffles and Simon Templar (The Saint).
Between 1971 and 1985, Lupin III appeared in over 200 half-hour episodes on Japanese TV. The first of six theatrical features was released in 1978, and a series of feature-length specials (13 so far) have appeared on Japanese TV annually since 1989. However, aside from poor quality, unlicensed copies, American audiences have only seen four of the features, and a mere two episodes (see the videos "Tales of the Wolf" and "Lupin III's Greatest Capers").
Lupin fans who have been eagerly awaiting this new video release will be disappointed. "The Secret of Twilight Gemini" (the 8th TV special, originally aired in 1996) features all the usual characters, but the story is so typical of Lupin as to be entirely uninspired. But the worse thing about it is the crudeness of the animation, even by American standards. This one was obviously made on a budget.
Newcomers to Lupin III may still find this enjoyable, but for much better examples, see the classics "The Mystery of Mamo" or "The Castle of Cagliostro".
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Very, very dull. 10 Nov. 2002
By Inspector Gadget - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This really doesn't match up to Castle of Cagliostro. Lupin isn't as funny or wacky or as hyperactive. The scenery and music are uninspired and plot just isn't interesting.
The only good thing about this 'un is the nudity (only in the uncut version) provided by Fujiko. It helped spice up some of the tedious scenes. CoC had a formidable villian and set up the movie for some imaginative set-pieces. The locations in TSoTG are not very vivid or engaging.
Zenigata, Goemon and Jigen don't even provide decent sideshow entertainment this time. It's like they were just filling a contractual obligation by appearing.
The DVD is in full-frame with Dolby Stereo sound. It has a decent amount of extras, including quite a few trailers. But one curious thing. There is no chapter selection on the disc or timecode displayed on the player once inserted. Though you can still skip to the next scene number using the remote.
Do NOT watch this dubbed and I'll tell you why 22 May 2014
By Jane b. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
While I am in no way lacking in appreciation for what FUNimation has done to bring some great Lupin III films to an English-speaking audience, I have to say they have done an egregious disservice to "The Secret of Twilight Gemini." I must confess that this is not the greatest of the Lupin III TV specials, but it is very enjoyable and it certainly deserved better treatment than this.

I never watch dubbed anime if I can avoid it, but the misleading audio menu led me to watch the Japanese audio with dub-titles from the English script ('English sub-titles' on the menu do not get you English sub-titles, they get you dub-titles, and you need to select 'Japanese sub-titles' to get real English sub-titles). I was stunned by what I was seeing. All reference to the sexual orientation of Sadachiyo, one of the main villains, had been removed, and even his spare character profile amongst the 'Extras' makes no mention. This means that without prior knowledge of the Japanese-language plot, viewers will be far less likely to pick up on the crush Sadachiyo has on Goemon and that he sees Lupin as a potential romantic rival, so when he says he specifically took this job in order to kill Lupin, there is no explanation whatsoever and then Goemon 'happens' to appear for only the most threadbare of reasons. This is dreadful storytelling, employing contrivance and deus ex machina, and is the sort of thing one shows to the Screenwriting 101 class as an example of how not to write. If FUNimation didn't have the gumption to deal with a gay character, or that said character's orientation has nothing to do with why Goemon is angry with him, then they shouldn't have chosen to undertake this particular project. Their disastrous dubbing script has taken a film that is obviously a light-hearted send-up of the grand Hollywood epic (complete with a tragic love triangle - albeit an unexpected one) and turned it onto a muddled, poorly-conceived mess. It's a shame, really.

My recommendation is that viewers do not watch this dubbed at all. Watch it in Japanese with the English sub-titles - the real ones, not the dub-titles. That way the movie can be enjoyed as it was originally intended, and not panned for being the poorly-written schlock that FUNimation turned it into.

Another aspect of this movie to consider is the unusual (for Lupin III) take on character design and animation direction. Sugii Gisaburo is a highly experienced and talented director who usually undertakes projects based on the works of manga great Osamu Tezuka (Sugii worked on "Dororo" and "Tetsuwan Atomu" aka "Astro Boy") and adaptations of extremely popular sports mangas like "Touch" and "Nine." His style is a departure from that employed by more modern action-oriented directors, and while it may not seem so, he is not a complete stranger to Lupin III. He was an animator on the original Lupin III pilot films from 1969. I personally enjoy seeing a different take on the characters from time to time.
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