PG-13 | | Animation, Action, Adventure
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.
18,000 reference photos were used for background and mechanical items.
This is the work of 10,000 years. A masterwork, if I say so myself. The leading lights of science, philosophy, art. All under one roof, and all are perfectly real!
Arsene Lupin III: Hm! So, sort of a Noah's Ark?
Mamo: Let's just say that if you've never given any thought ...
Arsene Lupin III: ...
The Toho dub renames most of the main characters, possibly to westernize them for American audiences. As a result, Inspector Zenigata is renamed 'Detective Ed Scott.' This name change is rendered somewhat incomprehensible when 'Scott's' police commissioner presents him with a bonus cheque with Zenigata's name (in kanji) written on it.
In the closing credits, in a corner of the screen Lupin and Zenigata run from the missile barrage; this scene is intercut with previous scenes from the film.
The Japanese DVD includes at least one scene that was deleted before the film's original 1978 release: It involves one of Mamo's henchmen bursting out of a cabin.