Anime: Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure
The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure was the seventh Made-for-TV Movie and 1995 entry for the Lupin III franchise. It received an English language release in 2002 by Funimation.The plot centers around three statues, an aging billionare, and a hidden treasure. So it should come as no surprise that Lupin and his gang are out to claim it for themselves. This time, however, they may have met their match, as Sir Archer and his granddaughter, Diana, also have their sights on the treasure. As does The Neo Himmel, a group of neo nazis led by HerrMafroditte.It begins with a late night heist of a bronze bear statue, followed by the destruction of the Euro Tunnel, which lands Sir Archer's insurance company, Loyd Insurance, over seven billion pounds in debt. Despite this outstanding amount, Archer remains unfazed; convinced he can settle the affair by claiming the legendary Treasure of Harimao. Granddaughter Diana, almost as wily as her clever grandfather, decides to assist him. At first foils to each others plans, the Archers are forced to team up with Lupin and Company under a tenuous 70/30 agreement. But as the goal draws nearer, allegiances are changed, and it soon becomes a matter of who's playing who.Complete spoilers below — don't read further if you don't want to know how this caper turns out!
This TV Movie contains examples of:
Action Girl: Diana. She's an experienced archeologist, an Ace Pilot, and a crack shot with a shotgun. She even nabs one of the statues before Lupin does, moments before he arrives, and escapes via jet pack.
Zenigata. This time 'round, he's more of a bumbling inspector, and mainly serves as comic relief.
Lupin suffers a bit of this, himself; between being forced to accept a 30/70 split (ouch!) and being made to do all the legwork while Archer calls shots. Not to mention, both times Goeringcleans his clock.
Near the beginning, Diana warns Fujiko about her grandfather, citing that "he's quick with his women." He spends his time during the pool scene with his head in Fujiko's lap, while nuzzling his cheek against her thighs; complete with lecherous grin.
Then there was another time when he called Fujiko into his office, solely because he wanted to look at her.
Also shown, in the flashback between him and Fujiko, before they depart for Bangkok. She gives him a peck on the cheek, causing Archer to blush and smile lecherously again.
Discretion Shot: The scene shifts to the outside of the building when, Russell makes out with one of his male subordinates. Fujiko's expression likely mirrored most fans.
Fanservice: Not as present as in most Lupin films, but it's there; particularly during the pool scene, where Sir Archer has his head in Fujiko's lap, nuzzling her thighs. Plus, the porn vids Lupin uses to bribe his way past the border patrol in Bangkok.
Fifteen Puzzle: A 15-block puzzle (incorporated into the wall) is part of the security that Lupin must get past to retrieve the second statue.
First Kiss: Though not explicitly stated, the manner in which Diana caresses the area of her cheek, where Lupin kissed her, and the way she smiles, afterward, seems to imply it was her first. Remember, this is far more significant in Japan than in the West.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: Pause at just the right moment, during the close-up of the boat jump sequence, just as Lupin and Jigen clear the ferry. You'll see the kid in the tour group has his hands under the tour guide's skirt, grabbing her ass.
Green-Eyed Monster: Fujiko exhibits a mild case of jealousy once she sees that Lupin's developing an interest in Diana, and makes it clear that Diana isn't part of the treasure they're after.
Left Hanging: Okay, so Neo Himmel's defeated and Herr Mafroditte's arrested, but what about the seven billion pound debt that's waiting for Diana, back home? How's she supposed to pay it off when the eighty billion plus Harimao treasure is resting on the ocean floor, since dear old granddad decided to take it with him? Somebody's gotta foot the bill for the reconstruction of the Euro Tunnel, and they aren't likely to get it from Russell.
Fujiko is the obvious one, since she's really working with Lupin, while pretending to be Sir Archer's personal aide. At least, until she spies a chance to get a better deal for herself by teaming up with Herr Mafroditte.
Herr Mafroditte also counts, since he's really Russell in drag; which explains how he knows so much about Archer's activities, and the Harimao treasure.
Mr. Exposition: Lupin and Archer take turns filling this spot, to clue the viewer in on details concerning the statues, the Loyd Insurance Co., and Harimao himself.
Oh, Crap: Goering's expression when Herr Mafroditte cites his failure to protect the eagle statue, and for allowing Lupin to escape with it. You can also hear it in his voice, and the way he was trembling, right before Herr Mafroditte punishes him for it.
Orifice Evacuation: Played for Laughs. After Lupin and Jigen emerge from falling into the Amsterdam Canal during a boat chase, Jigen spits out a fish. Lupin is amused at first until a small octopus exits his mouth, which he throws at a laughing Jigen.
Pimped Out Submarine: Lupin and the gang (with Archer) use one in the climax. This is the fabled Harimao Treasure; a gold submarine with platinum covered portholes. According to Archer, it was Harimao's "gift" to him.
We see them again, during the boat jump sequence. If you pause, at just the right time, during the closeup, you'll see his hands are under her skirt, grabbing her ass.
Priceless Paperweight: When Zenigata finds the bronze bear statue lying around Lupin's apartment, he isn't sure what to make of it. So what does he do? He uses it to weigh down the lid of his ramen noodles, while they steam!
Running Gag: Zenigata's love of ramen noodles. The train conductor chews him out, near the beginning of the film, for having an open flame onboard, to heat his noodles. Later, he even serves some to Lupin and Diana, while en route to Paris to have them incarcerated, in genuinely good natured fashion. And, near the end, after reading him his rights, Zenigata can be heard asking Herr Mafroditte if he'd like some ramen noodles. He politely declines.
Sissy Villain: Nail polish, lipstick, a voice chip to make him sound like a woman. Yep. Herr Mafroditte, all the way.
Spy Cat Suit: Lupin dons one, in the beginning, complete with night-vision goggles, when he swipes the bear statue. Fujiko wears hers to tail Russell back to his suite, which how she learns he's Herr Mafroditte.
Toon Physics: Lupin and Jigen fall, from over thirty stories on a washer trolley, and crashland through the roof of a paddy wagon without injury. And during their second bout, aboard his private chopper, Goering kicks Lupin, causing him to ricochet around the cockpit like a pinball.