Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo

Japan Release: 1978
Running Time:
102 minutes

Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo

Japanese Title

 ルパン三世: ルパン VS 複製人間
[Rupan Sansei: Rupan tai Kuron]

Distributor: Production:

Tokyo Movie Shinsha

After Lupin is executed for his crimes, Inspector Zenigata discovers that the thief actually faked his death. In truth, Lupin is free and on a mission from Fujiko to steal the Philosopher's Stone. Following Lupin to Egypt, Zenigata is unsuccessful in stopping him and Lupin steals the stone. Delivering it to Fujiko, Lupin is then double crossed, as she uses paralyzing spray. Stealing the stone for herself, Fujiko reaches out to a mysterious individual known as Mamo regarding the stone. However, the stone is a fake, implanted with a listening device by Lupin. Realizing the ruse, Mamo decides to take care of Lupin himself...


Box Office - Stock Footage - DVDs - CDs - Pictures - Background - Concept Art - Cut Scenes - Reviews


International Title


Initial US Title

Lupin III: The Mystery of Mamo
US Distributor: Orion (1995) / Time: 102 minutes

Alternate Titles

Lupin the 3rd: Lupin vs. the Clone
[Literal translation]

Lupin the 3rd: The Secret of Mamo
[US DVD title]

Edgar the Cambriole: The Secret of Mamo
[French title]

Lupin III: The Stone of Wisdom
[Italian title]



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CV-64 Constellation
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Directed by Soji Yoshikawa
Writing credits Atsushi Yamatoya, Soji Yoshikawa, Monkey Punch
Produced by Yutaka Fujioka
Music by Yuji Ono
Cinematography by Keishichi Kuroki
Film Editing by Yoshiaki Aihara
Art Direction by Yukio Abe
Arsene Lupin III Yasuo Yamada
Jigen Diasuke Kiyoshi Kobayashi
Goemon Ishikawa XIII Makio Inoue
Fujiko Mine Eiko Masuyama
Zenigata, Inspector Goro Naya
Starky Toru Ohira
Mamo Ko Nishimura
Metropolitan Police Chief Comissioner Kosei Tomita
Gordon Hidekatsu Shibata
Flinch Shozo Izuka
Scientist Ichiro Murakoshi
Dietman Shunsuke Shima
Police Officer Yuji Mikimoto
Egyptian Chief of Police Haruo Minami
President Fujio Akatsuka
President's Chief Secretary Ikki Kajiwara


Box Office

Release Date: December 16th, 1978 (Japan)
Budget: ¥500,000,000 / $6,000,000 (Rough Figure)
Distribution Earning: ¥915,000,000 / $11,000,000 (Rough Figure)

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Lupin III: The Mystery of Mamo Image Entertainment (1998) Order
United States Region 1 Lupin the 3rd: The Secret of Mamo Pioneer (2003) Order
United States Region 1 Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo Discotek (2013) Order
Japan Region 2 Lupin the 3rd: Lupin vs. the Clone Toho (2003)
United Kingdom Region 2 Lupin the 3rd: The Secret of Mamo Manga UK (2008) Order

CD Soundtracks

Lupin the Singles
Lupin the Singles

Background and Trivia

  • Streamline Enterprises and Orion Home Entertainment Corporation submitted the movie to the US copyright office on February 27th, 1996 under the registration number V3264P325. It used the title Lupin III: The Mystery of Mamo and was done in a large batch that contained 76 other films. Later that year, on October 11th, 1996, a new registration was submitted by Orion Pictures and Chemical Bank, this time using the title Lupin 3: The Mystery of Mamo.
  • Was re-released in Japanese theaters, via a limited run, on September 1st, 2017. This reissue was done in MX4D. This involved a 4K remaster, 5.1 surround sound and chairs that moved in sync with the action in the film. This was done to mark the 50th anniversary of Lupin the 3rd.

Cut Scenes

Zenigata Works at a Temple

Zenigata Works at a Temple

Following a relentless pursuit of Lupin, inspector Zenigata is finally successful in capturing him. Apprehended, the thief is executed by hanging. Afterwards, the inspector realizes how much of his life had revolved around finding Lupin. Lacking purpose, Zenigata resigns from Interpol and begins working at a Buddhist temple. However, Interpol members visit Zenigata to give him the news that Lupin is likely still alive. Feeling he has purpose again, Zenigata runs right through the door and off to find Lupin.

A fairly long sequence that was removed from the film entirely. Likely omitted for pacing, the movie instead starts with the coroner's report and jumps right into Zenigata finding out that Lupin faked his death. Despite being removed, a brief glimpse of Zenigata jumping through a door from this deleted scene was featured in the trailer.

Almost ten years later, the concept around this deleted scene, of Zenigata working at a Buddhist temple as he believed Lupin was dead, was included at the start of Lupin the 3rd: The Fuma Conspiracy (1987).


Nicholas Driscoll Star Rating
April 25, 2008