Rupan Sansei: Ikiteita Majutsushi (2002, JAP) C-53m. n/r D: Mamoru Hamatsu. Starring (the voices of) Kanichi Kurita, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Eiko Masuyama, Makio Inoue, Gorô Naya. Made-for-video entry in the long-running LUPIN series is a sequel to a 1972 TV episode featuring the magician Pycal, who is looking for some crystals in Eastern Greece. Lupin and his companions are fighting him. Confusing, rushed plot setup hampers things considerably, it still contains a few stylish bits, but slightly less action than usual. Maybe works better if you have seen the original TV episode. Be sure to stay tuned until after the closing credits. English title: LUPIN III: RETURN OF PYCAL

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