Lupin III: Pilot Film (1978)

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Synonyms: Rupan Sansei Secret Files, Lupin Sansei Pilot Film, Lupin III - Pilot Film, Lupin III: Secret File
Japanese: ルパン三世 シークレットファイル


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 16, 1978
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: None found, add some
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, MysteryMystery
Theme: Adult CastAdult Cast
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 12 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


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A remastered version of the Pilot film, realised in 1978, re-photographed in cinemascope and re-dubbed for being screened in cinema before of 1st movie [Mamoo's 1st copy]. In 1989, it was included on the Lupin III - Secret File OVA.


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Kobayashi, Osamu
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Mar 5, 2013
Mixed Feelings
Every TV-show has a pilot, but it is really rare we actually get to see the pilot for an Anime series. Lupin was too mature for it's time, so it's not surprising that no TV-channel would fund this project. The Lupin TV-series didn't get aired until five years later, when one had the guts to release a TV show of this. For that reason, I am really gratefull to TMS for bringing it here to the west so we all could enjoy it.

The first pilot (standard edition) is a great start to this series, but would most likely not catch most of the viewers attention ...

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Poll: Lupin III: Pilot Film (1978) Episode 1 Discussion
Fayrin - Oct 5, 2019
1 repliesby bushman66 »»
Jan 16, 2023 4:32 PM
needs to be merged or separated from lupin iii pilot film listing.....
octal9 - May 28, 2013
2 repliesby vigorousjammer »»
Jul 27, 2019 9:40 AM
Lupin's chin.
YukuZetsuji - Apr 11, 2013
0 repliesby YukuZetsuji »»
Apr 11, 2013 4:50 PM