Lupin III: Operation Return the Treasure (special)

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Alternative title:
Edgar de la Cambriole : Operation Diamant (French)
Lupin III: Never Wants a Diamond
Lupin III: Otakara Henkyaku Daisakusen!! (Japanese)
Lupin III: Un diamante è per sempre (Italian)
ルパン三世: お宝返却大作戦!! (Japanese)
Genres: action, adventure, comedy
Themes: thief
Objectionable content: Significant
Plot Summary: After robbing a Moscow casino right under Zenigata's nose, Lupin sets his sights on stealing the Trick Diamond. He and Jigen head to the estate of the recently deceased Mark Williams, another master thief who's had the diamond, as well as other treasures, in his possession for years. However, instead of finding the diamond, Lupin & Jigen find Fujiko, who tells them about Mark's dying wish - Lupin must return all the treasures the old thief stole to their rightful place. If this is done in time, the location of the diamond will be revealed, and Lupin can use it to get the real treasure, hidden in Gaudí's Sagrada Familia. Returning the stolen goods isn't easy though, as Zenigata and the casino boss' ruthless gang are on Lupin and friends' tail.
User Ratings: 86 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 4 votes (sub:3, others:1
1 Russian subtitled
 Excellent: 10 votes (sub:8, dub:2)
 Very good: 30 votes (sub:26, dub:4)
 Good: 28 votes (sub:25, dub:2, others:1
1 Swedish subtitled
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 So-so: 3 votes (sub:2, others:1
1 Italian dubbed
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Seen in part or in whole by 189 users, rank: #3423 (of 8132)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 7.488 (Good+), std. dev.: 1.1983, rank: #1651 (of 8216)
Weighted mean: 7.577 (Very good−), rank: #1230 (of 8216) (seen all: 7.59 / seen some: 5.00)
Bayesian estimate: 7.568 (Very good−), rank: #1021 (of 6205)
Running time: 90 minutes
Vintage: 2003-08-01
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DVD (Region 1)
    Lupin III: Operation Return the Treasure (Sub.DVD) 2016-12-06

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Jun Kawagoe
Unit Director: Takashi Sano
Music: Yuji Ohno
Original Concept: Maurice Leblanc
Original creator: Monkey Punch
Mechanical design: Yoshinari Saito
Background Art Director:
Mayumi Okabe
Takashi Miyano
Director of Photography: Koujirou Hayashi
2nd Key Animation:
Hidekazu Hamano (Nakamura Production)
Hideo Nakamura (Nakamura Production)
Hisatake Hayashi (Nakamura Production)
Hitomi Yasumi (Nakamura Production)
Jō Nishikimi (Nakamura Production)
Jun'ya Kikuchi (Nakamura Production)
Junta Sunaga (Nakamura Production)
Masahiro Ando (Nakamura Production)
Masakazu Kawahara (Nakamura Production)
Rie Asakura (Nakamura Production)
Ryo Hokama (Nakamura Production)
Shinya Fujita (Nakamura Production)
Takeyoshi Omagari (Nakamura Production)
Tatsuo Nakajima (Nakamura Production)
Tetsurou Yamada (Nakamura Production)
Animation Supervisor: Satoshi Hirayama
Assistant Animation Director:
Manabu Nakatake
Shinjiro Mogi
Color setting: Sachiko Harada
Editing: Yuriko Sano
Guest Design: Yoshio Mizumura (car)
In-Between Check: Miiko Adachi
Mechanical animation Director: Yoshinari Saito
Music Director: Seiji Suzuki
Photography: Hitoshi Tamura (Shinkuukan)
Production Desk: Mikiko Kobayashi
Production manager: Yukiyoshi Iwami
Recording Director: Satoshi Katō
Recording engineer: Katsumi Muro
Script Producer: Junichi Iioka
Eiko Masuyama as Fujiko Mine
Gorō Naya as Inspector Zenigata
Kanichi Kurita as Arsene Lupin III
Kiyoshi Kobayashi as Daisuke Jigen
Makio Inoue as Goemon Ishikawa XIII

Fumio Matsuoka as Antoni Gaudi
Jouji Yanami as Mark Williams
Kōichi Kitamura as Tokarefu
Kōichi Yamadera as Iwan Kurokobicchi/Rattsu
Mahito Tsujimura as Carlos
Rei Igarashi as Misha
rino as Anita

Japanese companies
English cast
English staff
Subtitle Timing: Roman Stuart (Discotek)
English companies
Licensed by: Discotek Media
French staff
French cast
Catherine Lafond as Magali
Jean Barney as Goemon
Patrick Messe as Inspecteur Lacogne
Philippe Ogouz as Edgar

Agnès Gribe as
Emmanuel Curtil as Ratz
Jean-Claude Sachot as

French companies
Distributor: IDP Home Video Music
Dubbing: Midisync
Italian staff
Italian cast
Dubbing Director: Roberto Del Giudice
Script: Marina D'Aversa

Dubbing Assistant: Giorgia Brusatori
Mixage: Bruno Frabotta
Alessandra Korompay as Fujiko Mine
Antonio Palumbo as Goemon Ishikawa XIII
Monica Ward as Anita
Roberto Del Giudice as Arsenio Lupin III
Rodolfo Bianchi as Koichi Zenigata
Sandro Pellegrini as Daisuke Jigen

Gaetano Varcasia as Ivan Krokovitch/Rats
Michele Kalamera as Mark Williams
Sandro Sardone as Carlos
Italian companies

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