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Lupin the Third The Fuma Conspiracy 
Written by: on October 19th, 2007

Theatrical Release Dates: Japan, 1987
Director: Masayuki Ozeki
Writer: Makoto Naito
Cast: Yasuo Yamada, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Makio Inoue, Eiko Masuyama, Goro Naya

DVD released: November 13th, 2002
Approximate running time: 73 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese, Dolby Digital Stereo English, BGM audio track
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Discotek
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95

Synopsis: After a failed attempt at stealing a vase which reveals the location of vast fortune a clan of ninjas kidnap Goemon’s fiancée. The Ninja’s agree to give Goemon back his fiancée in exchange for the vase. Lupin who just happened to be at the wedding agrees to help Goeman recover his fiancée Murasaki. Can the ninjas be trusted and uphold their end of the bargain or will they double cross Goemon?

Lupin the Third the Fuma Conspiracy is Lupin’s fourth anime theatrical feature preceded by Lupin the Third the Golden Legend of Babylon. Most Lupin fans consider Lupin the Third the Castle of Cagliostro to be the highpoint in the Lupin franchise while Over the years Lupin the Third the Fuma Conspiracy has had a less then stellar reputation among Lupin fans who consider it one of the weakest of the Lupin feature films and some of this negativity to the film may be due to the lack of Lupin in the film.

Lupin the Third The Fuma Conspiracy contains all the elements one world expect while watching a Lupin film like ninjas, wild chase scenes and looking for treasures. The films main lead is not Lupin but a samurai named Ishikawa Goemon. The films numerous fight and chase scenes are all meticulous planned out. This film unlike most Lupin films gives the supporting cast just as much screen time as is given to Lupin. At times when watching Lupin the Third the Fuma Conspiracy one does get the feeling that if there were only more screen time with Lupin.

Despite this minor quibble I still enjoyed the story which features many memorable moments like Lupin driving his car through a bath house. The films main theme music is an infectious motif that instantly gets the blood flowing. The dialog is witty, funny and quick paced. The English dubbed audio track while well done refers to the Lupin character as Rupan while the Japanese audio track retinas the name Lupin. Ultimately Lupin the Third the Fuma Conspiracy is a first rate action adventure that hits all the right notes including a spectacular ending that you will not soon forget.

The DVD:

Lupin the Third The Fuma Conspiracy comes with a colorful and detailed transfer that is free of any print damage. There are no problems with artifacts, compression or edge enhancement. Overall for a film twenty years old the transfer looks exceptional.

All the audios mixes are clean, clear and free of any audio defects. Removable English subtitles have been included that are easy to follow and error free.

Extras include artwork (60 images) and photo galleries (9 stills), Japanese language trailer with English subtitles, extensive liner notes about Lupin the Third The Fuma Conspiracy and trailers for other titles currently available from Discotek on DVD. The main extra is a superb audio commentary with Reed Nelson of LUPINTHETHIRD.NET that is entertaining and informative. Lupin the Third The Fuma Conspiracy is another solid release from Discotek.

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