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Secret of Mamo

Japanese Title: Rupan Sansei
Jacket Color: Red
Running Time: 102 minutes
Release Date: 1978 Decemeber 16
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Transylvania... Lupin has been captured and hanged to death; the coroner's report confirms that down to the DNA level this was the real Lupin the Third. However, Zenigata refuses to believe Lupin is dead and drives to a castle to view the body. He then proceeds to drive a stake through the heart of Lupin's corpse. The corpse explodes, and Zenigata comes face to face with... Lupin?!

Lupin is surprised by this turn of events but has no time to chat with Zenigata. He is off to Egypt to retrieve the "Philosopher's Stone" from the pharaoh's pyramid. Fujiko has promised to exchange a date with her for the stone. Lupin succeeds in his theft but is double-crossed by Fujiko. As Fujiko hands over the stone to her mysterious employer, she finds out that Lupin has double-crossed her by handing over a fake stone containing a transmitter.

Fujiko's employer is Mamo, a man obsessed with immortality. What follows is a wild chase through Paris, the Caribbean, and Columbia to discover Mamo's secret. Is Mamo immortal as he claims? Is Lupin even the real Lupin?

Mamo has likely received the most English dubs of any anime title. An initial dub, known today as the "HK dub", was made in 1978 to be shown on trans-Atlantic flights. Streamline made their own dub in the early '90s. A UK dub was made. And Pioneer released a new dub in July 2003. The HK dub survives only on multi-generation VHS copies.

The audio for the HK dub has been made converted into a computer playable format by Dale R. Englehardt and is being hosted by Abraham Gaponoff. You can download a MP3 version (96 Mb).


  • Director: Sooji Yoshikawa
  • Character Design: Yuzo Aoki
  • Layout: Totomu Shibayama
  • Artwork: Yukio Abe
  • Screenplay: Yoshikawa Sooji
  • Screenplay: Jiku Omiya
  • Music: Oono Yuuji
  • Production: Tokyo Movie Shinsha (TMS)


  • Arsène Lupin III: Yamada Yasuo
  • Jigen Daisuke: Kobayashi Kiyoshi
  • Mine Fujiko: Masuyama Eiko
  • Ishikawa Goemon: Inoue Makio
  • Inspector Zenigata: Naya Goro