Created by manga
artist Monkey Punch in 1967, Lupin III
is a master thief, the direct descendant of Arsène Lupin. His off-the-wall escapades spoof the adventures of James Bond and similar rakish heroes. The typically baroque plot of "Mamo" requires Lupin and his sidekicks, the super-samurai Goemon and the beatnik Jigan, to steal the ingredients needed for a compound that produces eternal youth. The mastermind behind this scheme is the mad billionaire-industrialist Hayward Lockwood, a.k.a. Mamo. Lupin's clumsy attempts to seduce Mamo's voluptuous red-haired agent, Fujiko, and his successful evasions of the obsessed Inspector Zenigata provide additional comedy. The features and TV programs in the Lupin III
series are much cartoonier and slower paced than more recent anime comedy-adventures, although their influence on Ranma 1/2
and other Japanese tongue-in-cheek heroes is clear. The animation is sloppy, Lupin's features change from scene to scene, and his hands frequently look like scribbles. The Mystery of Mamo
is too silly to work as an adventure, but not silly enough to work as a farce, at least in this English version. --Charles Solomon
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, its 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!