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  • Directors: Yasuo Otsuka, Soji Yoshikawa
  • Producers: Yutaka Fujioka
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Aug. 2008
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013UO8MW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,795 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Will love defeat an eternal evil? The world's most wanted master thief, Lupin the Third is dead! Despite a coroner's report, Interpol 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? For now, questions are set aside, as Lupin, Jigen and Goemon immediately embark to Egypt to pilfer a stone artifact from a pyramid, with Zenigata in hot pursuit. Fujiko, lured by the promise of eternal youth and beauty by the sinister and enigmatic scientist known as Mamo, doublecrosses Lupin and steals the stone. Her betrayal causes a rift between Lupin and his cohorts, causing the trio to split up, but eventually leads Lupin to Mamo's hideaway, where he discovers 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.

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bathory0303 on 4 Jun. 2008
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I must admit to never even having heard of Lupin the 3rd before I got the chance to view this through Amazon Vine and not being some avid manga or anime fan (although I have watched plenty and do own some) I'm not going to bash the film for the animation, especially considering this is some 30 years old now, it still does the job as far as I'm concerned.

Other reviewers have gone over the actual plot of this so I don't feel the need to repeat it again, but it's a fun enough adventure romp. I can see how this may not appeal to present day hardcore anime lovers because of the outdated animation and lack of bloodshed or whatever, but all I'll say is that I, a casual anime viewer, enjoyed this enough to make me want to watch some more of the Lupin the 3rd movies and I might even have a look at the original TV manga series that pre-dates all the films (and there do seem to be an awful lot of them!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Brackell on 10 July 2012
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The Secret of Mamo, in some respects was like a gateway drug for me to get hooked on anime. I'd been aware of anime in the background and liked the style of drawings but hadn't really watched anything besides the occasional Pokémon cartoon. I remember finding out that the Sci-Fi Channel (back before it took the horrible name `SyFy') ran a midnight Manga film every Friday, so I popped a blank tape into my VCR one night to tape a full movie.

The next morning I watched my tape and found that I had captured `The Secret of Mamo', the first feature film to star Lupin the Third, although at the time I was unaware of the character and his history. I found it to be an action-packed pseudo sci-fi anime, which adorable characters that worked well as an entourage. The element that hooked me was the fact my VCR failed to record the last ten minutes so for years, I never knew how the film ended, and my obsession begun. Eventually I did find those final ten minutes on another midnight Manga movie night many months later, but it sparked a bug in me and made me keen to watch more movies, although I had a soft spot for my first foray into anime.

The Secret of Mamo, as mentioned earlier, was the first movie release for the character, Lupin the Third, who had been serialised in Manga books and televised in three long-running Japanese serials. To describe Lupin best, I would say that he is a mix between cheesy 70's James Bond and Sherlock Holmes. He dresses in a red tuxedo, drives a small yellow Fiat and is the latest generation of a long line of thieves. Since this initial movie release in 1978, there have been annual releases of Lupin features in Japan, to the point where they are treated like our James Bond films used to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 July 2008
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Ah, anime - where else can you find an animated feature including nudity, gratuitous violence, a high body count of innocent bystanders, the heroine having her tight costume whipped off or, worse still, a chain-smoking hero and a really, really big disembodied brain?

Part of a popular series of feature films based on a series of Japanese comic books about the cross-eyed master thief Lupin the Third, the Japanese descendant of legendary French gentleman thief Arsene Lupin, The Secret of Mamo isn't likely to convert doubters to the anime genre even if it is more fun than many animes available in the UK. Not that it doesn't start off well enough, with our globetrotting hero and his companions committing a series of rather too easy robberies that lead to wild chases inside the Great Pyramid or in the sewers of Paris - indeed, most of the first half of the movie is one long chase - but once the plot kicks in it tends to lose momentum and starts to outstay its welcome. Part of the problem is that Mamo, who may be a mad billionaire or a 'god' who has discovered the secret of immortality, isn't that compelling a character. While it throws up some interesting visual ideas, such as Mamo's lair mirroring all the architectural styles of the various centuries he claims to have lived through, it never makes that much of them. Even stylistically the film seems at its best in the first half before the freeze frames and occasional slow motion become somewhat overused. Still, the truly malevolent monster truck and the helicopter in the sewers in the first half are fun.

Anime fans can probably add another star, but for the non-believer this doesn't really live up to its reputation.

The DVD offers a decent widescreen transfer with the choice of subtitled Japanese or dubbed English language soundtracks. Extras are thin on the ground, though - just a design gallery and some trailers for other releases.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 May 2008
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Although this film is 30 years old and has dated musically (the '70s funk music sounds like it's come straight from an episode of Shaft!), the picture quality is excellent. Hand drawn animation is notoriously difficult to transfer well to DVD as the various sketch marks add detail which can create blocking and digital noise - but there was no real digital noise to dampen the image.

Sometimes the animation seems a little crude, but the backgrounds are wonderfully detailed, and the various vehicles were brilliantly drawn - and it's not every day you get to see an Austin Mini Cooper in an anime film!

As another reviewer has stated; this is the most recent dub of this film and contemporary parallels have been drawn: The bible bashing, terrorist obsessed American president sounded very much like international super-chump George W Bush, there was even a thinly veiled reference to Guantanamo Bay.

The new dub gives this a fresh feel, and although the plot seems to lack somewhat for the first half of the film, it does eventually develop from mock-Bond to Sci-Fi spectacle.

The main weakness in the film are the characters. By the end of the film I actually quite liked Lupin and the glamourous Fujiko, but it took a fair while to warm to them.

In a nutshell: Not the best Anime film, but still a good yarn. There are some nice touches and the film doesn't take itself too seriously - at one point a character is reading a Lupin comic. The dub is a quality one, and is in 5.1 stereo, this actually provides more atmosphere than the mono Japanese one but I would always suggest enjoying the original soundtrack at least once.

I won't be rushing to experience more of Lupin - but I'll certainly not avoid it either.
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