A twist on the old adventure.
Riccardo Pelizzo | 09/21/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Lupin (aka The Wolf) is a master thief and master gadjeteer. He's stolen precious items from all over the world with his two friends Gingen, master sharp shooter and Goyman, the last of the true Samurai. Goyman is about to marry the only girl who can shake him from his stoic nature. The ceremony is almost complete when the Ninja warriors of the Fuma clan intrude to seal the bride and her dowery. What follows is an adventure on an Indiana Jones scale taking the group from railyards to lost under world cities.This is good animae and very enjoyable. The only Lupin/Rupan title I recommend more is Castle Cagliostro. This film is a great litmus paper for you to find out if you love Lupan or not. I certainly do."
Nice, not great
Riccardo Pelizzo | 11/09/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The fuma conspiracy was one of the first movie with Lupin the third and his gang. Goemon is about to get married, is bride is kidnapped and the adventure unfolds.
The movie is nice, though I do not think it is as imaginative as 'The castle of cagliostro', as visually beautiful as 'the secret of mamo' or as hectic as, let's say, 'farewell to nostradamus' where Lupin went from Brazil to the USA to some mysterious island (which looked a lot like the island in 'the island of assassins'), and again to Brazil and the USA.
the Fuma conspiracy is all set in Japan. It's about finding a treasure (as was 'dead or alive') as much as it is about rescuing Goemon's bride.
The characters are less convincing than usual: Goemon goes from being a confident soon-husand-to-be to being a guy who's nervous and insecure around women (as he was in castle of cagliostro). Zenigata and Jigen are a bit flat. Fujilo is neither the unreliable (yet loving) woman that can be seen in the secret of mamo nor in the nostradamus movie nor the relatively loyal member of the gang that can be seen in 'missed by a dollar'. But the major problem is with Lupin. He is not as central as he should be and was in other movies, he's not supersmart, heroic, appealing villain of most Lupin movies nor the sweeter character designed by Miyazaki in Cagliostro. He is there, but never displays his usual genius.
So while the movie is worth watching anyway, it is not as good as it could have been"