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Lupin III: Strange Psychokinetic Strategy (ルパン三世 念力珍作戦 Rupan Sansei: Nenriki Chin Sakusen?) is a 1974 Japanese action comedy film based on the manga of the same name by Monkey Punch.

Synopsis

The Maccherone organization is out to get a priceless national treasure. But when they see third-generation cat-burglar Lupin as an obstacle, countless assassins are sent to kill him on sight and kidnap his girl Fujiko! Can Lupin get the loot before the Maccherone gang, rescue Fujiko, and stay alive at the same time?

Releases

Japan

  • DVD May 28, 2004 (Toho)

Italy

  • DVD March 10, 2009 Lupin III - La strana strategia psicocinetica (Yamato Video)

USA

  • DVD February 28, 2006 (Discotek Media) [OOP, First Lupin-related media by Discotek]

Notes

  • This is the first live action media based on Lupin III, the second being the 2014 movie that's also simply titled Lupin III and the third being the live action Inspector Zenigata series.
    • It is also the first time Lupin appeared theatrically and technically counts as Lupin's first movie overall (if not counting the Pilot Film), preceding Lupin VS the Clone by 4 years.
  • As with most early Lupin media, it's one of the few times Koichi Zenigata's name was Heiji Zenigata VII. It is also one of the few Lupin media to reference the "Lupin empire" that was prominent in the early years of the original manga.
  • This is one of the only two Lupin related movies to not feature Goemon, the other being Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone, although in Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone Goemon was referenced at the opening.
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