Lupin III: Babylon no Ougon Densetsu

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Synonyms: Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon, Rupan Sansei: Babylon no Ougon Densetsu
Japanese: ルパン三世 バビロンの黄金伝説


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 13, 1985
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: AnimEigo, Discotek Media
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, MysteryMystery, ComedyComedy, SeinenSeinen
Duration: 1 hr. 40 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 6.531 (scored by 30323,032 users)
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Ranked: #59022
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Popularity: #6054
Members: 6,871
Favorites: 5

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Mysterious Babylonian Tablets unearthed in Manhattan provide tantilizing clues about the location of the Tower of Babel - not the biblical one, but the original one, built out of solid gold!

The Mob is out to get the gold, but so is Lupin III.

It's Thugs vs. Thieves when Lupin & Co. go up against a fearsome flyswatting Polish Mafia boss, a bevy of beauty-contest policewomen, Zenigata, the hard-luck Interpol Inspector, a mysterious bag-lady AND his own girl-friend in a trans-continental trust-nobody trek after a treasure of biblical proportions!

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Characters & Voice Actors


Suzuki, Seijun
Yoshida, Shigetsugu
Director, Storyboard
Monkey Punch
Original Creator
Epcar, Richard
ADR Director


Opening Theme

"Manhattan Joke" by Naoko Kawai

Ending Theme

"Manhattan Joke" by Naoko Kawai

Jul 7, 2014
AnimeObasan (All reviews)
An essential for Lupin III fans and a decent movie if you can put yourself in the mindset that this was made in the '80s at the same time as the Pink Jacket Series with a huge effort to mimic Western animation gags.

STORY: One thing I can say is canon about all Lupin movies and specials...I learn something new about geography or history. This one is about some mysterious tablets, Hitler, New York, and ancient gold from Babylon. And aliens. Before I get into what's bad about this movie, there's always something worth the watch in every single Lupin special. Something about every single Lupin read more
Dec 12, 2019
Suzukipot (All reviews)
With the recent Pioneer cast dub for this movie, I went back and re watched this piece again. If you're a fan of wackier, more 'out there' Lupin stories, then this will be right up your alley. Personally, however, I don't much care for the zanier Lupin stories. The gags don't really land, and when they do they only manage to get a small chuckle out of me. The subplot with the old woman and Lupin wasn't particularly funny or interesting, though the direction they decide to take her makes sense in the end.

The art is consistent with the Pink Jacket era of the read more
Nov 7, 2015
BowlingJD (All reviews)
Another Lupin movie for the ages, and if Mamo (first Lupin movie) was weird, Legend of the Gold Babylon really steps it up a notch. Mamo had some dialogue and a story (somewhat), where Babylon is more non-stop Loony Toons-like chase scenes and slap stick Western humor. It is ironic how a movie with such a big Western influence never made it to the West.

Directed by Shigetsugu Yoshida (nothing of note) and key animation by Satoru Utsunomiya (Akira), there is a reason why this is a decent anime to look at but nothing more. The action is fun at first, but each scene just consistently read more
Nov 18, 2020
HygoggPoolParty (All reviews)
I love Lupin III as a series, but this one is a bit dull. The animation in this caper comedy feature leaves something to be desired. As do the racial stereotypes that seem to be a bit prevalent in this particular film.

The story centers around Lupin chasing down a legendary treasure left by Nebuchadnezzar in ancient Iraq. All the while being pursued by mob gangsters who are also after the treasure.

If you're a fan of Lupin III's adventures and comic hijinks, I'd say you should give it a go. That being said, there are many other Lupin feature-length films that are better.

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