Before Miyazaki waved his hands over the Lupin franchise, there was one particular film that started the onslaught of Lupin films and specials that have gone for decades even to this day.
That films is Lupin the Third: The Mystery of Mamo!
Released in 1978, the film is a wild trip showcasing the weirder, more experimental side of Lupin, before Miyazaki injected his signature whimsy into the franchise forever in The Castle of Cagliostro a year later.
It focuses a lot more on Lupin’s sleaze-ball nature, much in line with Monkey Punch’s vision of the character. The film also plays up the romance between Fujiko and Lupin and dives into some quite strange visual sequences that reference things from 16th century painter Hieronymus Bosch, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and even a cameo from….. uh…. Hitler?
The movie is weird, but it’s really good and totally worth watching if you’re interested in a fun adventure, strange imagery, political jabs, and some great pulpy fun.
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