Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo (1978)

PG-13   |    |  Animation, Action, Adventure

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While attempting to win the affections of a beautiful rival, a master thief risks death to learn the secret intentions of a wealthy and seemingly immortal, but certainly ruthless, recluse.




  • Makio Inoue in Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo (1978)
  • Eiko Masuyama in Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo (1978)
  • Eiko Masuyama and Shôzô Îzuka in Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo (1978)
  • Gorô Naya and Yasuo Yamada in Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo (1978)
  • Eiko Masuyama and Kô Nishimura in Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo (1978)
  • Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo (1978)

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Cast & Crew

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Sôji Yoshikawa , Yasuo Ôtsuka


Monkey Punch (comic), Atsushi Yamatoya (scripts), Sôji Yoshikawa (scripts), Ardwight Chamberlain (dialogue), Grant Moran (dialogue)

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7 June 2000 | Don-170
Fun, but not as good as Castle Of Cagliostro
I have just recently began to discover the Lupin III series. I purchased Castle Of Cagliostro(CoC) a few weeks ago. This film, while a fun adventure, lacks the fluidity of CoC. CoC builds up the excitement with subtle events as well as action filled moments. The Mystery Of Mamo seems to be rather disjointed at times. There are some high points followed by low points and back again, much like a rollercoaster.

One thing that I did not like was the animation style. I found the way Lupin was drawn and how he walked to be a bit...odd. CoC has better animation as well as more natural character movements.

Now, It may sound as if I did not like Mystery Of Mamo. That is not the case. The storyline is very enjoyable. More of a Sci-Fi theme compared to CoC. Watching Lupin constantly hit on Fujiko is quite humorous! As in CoC, Lupin shows some excellent ingenuity in how he deals with Mamo. Jigen and Goemon add their charisma to this film, more so than CoC. And the action is not missing from this film.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this film to any Lupin III fan. While not the fun-filled ride that Castle Of Cagliostro is, Mystery Of Mamo is still enjoyable to watch and does belong on the shelves of Lupin III fans.

One closing note. The car chase through the sewer with the helicopter, the hanging scene, as well as major amounts of footage from CoC, were used in a 1983 Laserdisc Arcade game titled Cliff Hanger.

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