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Monkey Punch (1937–2019)

Monkey Punch was born on May 26, 1937 in Hamanaka, Hokkaido, Japan as Kazuhiko Katô. He was a writer and director, known for Lupin III: Dead or Alive (1996), Lupin III: Burning Memory - Tokyo Crisis (1998) and Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo (1978). He died on April 11, 2019 in Sakura, Chiba, Japan. See full bio »


(age 81) in Sakura, Chiba, Japan

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 2019 Lupin III: The First (creator)
 2019 Lupin III: Prison of the Past (TV Movie) (manga)
 2019 Lupin III: Goodbye Partner (TV Movie) (creator)
 2018 Is Lupin Still Burning? (Video) (creator)
 2018 Lupin III (TV Series) (creator)
  Inspector Zenigata (TV Mini-Series) (manga - 4 episodes, 2017) (characters - 1 episode, 2017) (creator - 1 episode, 2017)
- Episode #1.4 (2017) ... (manga)
- Episode #1.3 (2017) ... (manga)
- Shikkoku no Hanzai File (2017) ... (manga)
- Shinku no Sousa File (2017) ... (characters) / (creator) / (manga)
 2016 Lupin III: The Italian Game (creator)
 2015 Lupin III (TV Series) (creator)
 2014 Lupin the 3rd (manga)
 2013 Lupin III vs. Conan (manga)
 2013 Lupin III: Princess of the Breeze (TV Movie) (manga)
 2012 Lupin the III: Another Page (TV Movie) (manga)
 2012 Lupin the Third: A Woman Called Fujiko Mine (TV Series) (manga - 2 episodes)
- .357 Magnum (2012) ... (manga)
- Master Thief vs. Lady Looter (2012) ... (manga)
 2012 Rupan Sansei: Rupan Ikka Seizeroi (Short) (characters)
 2010 Lupin III: The Last Job (TV Movie) (creator)
 2009 Lupin III vs. Detective Conan (TV Movie) (characters)
 2008 Lupin III: Sweet Lost Night (TV Movie) (creator)
 2008 Lupin III: Green vs. Red (Video) (creator)
 2007 Lupin (TV Series) (comic - 95 episodes)
- Episode #1.93 (2007) ... (comic)
- Episode #1.94 (2007) ... (comic)
- Episode #1.92 (2007) ... (comic)
- Episode #1.91 (2007) ... (comic)
- Episode #1.90 (2007) ... (comic)
 2007 Lupin III: Elusiveness of the Fog (TV Movie) (creator)
 2007 Lupin III: Lupin Is Dead, Zenigata Is in Love (Video Game) (creator) / (screenplay)
 2006 Lupin III: Seven Days Rhapsody (TV Movie) (creator) / (screenplay)
 2006 Gun-dou Musashi (TV Series) (creator) / (screenplay)
 2005 Lupin III: Angel Tactics (TV Movie) (creator)
 2005 Shuyaku wa Zenigata (Video Game) (creator) / (screenplay)
 2004 Lupin the 3rd: The Legacy of Columbus's Inheritance (Video Game) (creator) / (screenplay)
 2004 Slotter up core 5 Rupan daisuki! Shuyaku wa Zenigata (Video Game) (creator) / (screenplay)
 2004 Katsudou dai shashin: Mankatsu (TV Series) (creator) / (screenplay)
 2004 Lupin III: Stolen Lupin (TV Movie) (creator) / (screenplay)
 2003 Lupin III: Operation Return the Treasure (TV Movie) (creator) / (screenplay)
 2003 Lupin III: Lost Treasure Under the Sea (Video Game) (creator) / (screenplay)
 2003 Cinderella Boy (TV Series) (comic) / (idea)
 2002 Rupan sansei: The Typing (Video Game) (creator) / (screenplay)
 2002 Lupin the 3rd: Treasure of the Sorcerer King (Video Game) (creator) / (screenplay)
 2002 Lupin III: Episode 0 - First Contact (TV Movie) (creator) / (screenplay)
 2002 Lupin III: Return of Pycal (Video) (comic)
 2001 Rupan sansei: The shooting (Video Game) (creator) / (screenplay)
 2001 The Siamese: First Mission (Video) (comic)
 2001 Lupin III: Alcatraz Connection (TV Movie) (story)
 2000 Lupin III: Missed by a Dollar (TV Movie) (creator)
 1999 Parlor! PRO Jr. Vol. 2 (Video Game) (characters)
 1999 Lupin III: Da Capo of Love - Fujiko's Unlucky Days (TV Movie) (creator) / (screenplay)
 1998 Rupan sansei (Video Game) (creator) / (screenplay)
 1998 Rupan sansei: Sage of the pyramid (Video Game) (creator) / (screenplay)
 1998 Lupin III: Burning Memory - Tokyo Crisis (creator) / (screenplay)
 1997 Rupan sansei: Chronicles (Video Game) (creator) / (screenplay)
 1997 Lupin III: Island of Assassins (TV Movie) (comic)
 1997 Rupan sansei: Chateau de Cagliostro Saikai (Video Game) (creator) / (screenplay)
 1996 Lupin the Third: The Legend of Twilight Gemini (TV Movie) (characters)
 1996 Lupin III: Dead or Alive (creator) / (screenplay)
 1996 Rupan sansei: The master file (Video Game) (creator) / (screenplay)
 1995 Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure (TV Movie) (creator) / (screenplay)
 1995 Lupin III: Farewell to Nostradamus (creator) / (screenplay)
 1994 Rupan sansei: Densetsu no hihou o oe! (Video Game) (creator) / (screenplay)
 1994 Lupin the Third: Dragon of Doom (TV Movie) (creator) / (screenplay)
 1993 Lupin III: Voyage to Danger (TV Movie) (creator) / (screenplay)
 1992 Lupin the 3rd: From Siberia with Love (TV Movie) (comic)
 1991 Alice (Video) (original story)
 1991 Lupin the 3rd: Napoleon's Dictionary (TV Movie) (creator) / (screenplay)
 1990 Lupin the 3rd: The Hemingway Papers (TV Movie) (creator)
 1989 SD Rupan sansei: Kinko yaburi daisakusen (Video Game) (creator) / (screenplay)
 1989 Lupin the Third: Bye Bye, Lady Liberty (TV Movie) (creator)
 1987 Rupan sansei: Pandora no isan (Video Game) (creator) / (screenplay)
 1987 Scoopers (original story)
 1987 The Three Musketeers (TV Series) (adaptation)
 1984 Lupin III: Part III (TV Series) (comic)
 1977-1980 Lupin the 3rd (TV Series) (creator - 155 episodes)
- Farewell My Beloved Lupin (1980) ... (creator)
- The Hexagon's Great Legacy (1980) ... (creator)
- The Bills That Came from God (1980) ... (creator)
- Jigen and a Hat and a Pistol (1980) ... (creator)
- The Arrest Lupin Highway Operation (1980) ... (creator)
 1980 Lupin III (Video Game) (characters) / (manga by)
 1979 Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro (graphic novel series)
 1971 Lupin the 3rd (TV Series) (comic)
 1969 Rupan sansei: Pilot Film (TV Short) (comic)
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Personal Details

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Official site (Japanese)

Alternate Names:

Eiji Gamuta

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Personal Quote:

If I was to give some advice, I would have to say there are a lot of good artists today. But, at the same time my art isn't necessarily the best art there is. I would say "Don't concentrate just on drawing." It is probably more important is that is to have a story that fits well with modern times, with your day, and to keep that in mind when you draw your work. Also, don't over-concentrate on one... See more »


The name "Monkey Punch" was not his idea, nor does he particularly like the name. It came about when his editor and publisher both noticed the somewhat Western-style drawing in his artwork, and decided, along with him, to create an name that would keep Japanese audiences guessing about his nationality. The name that the editor and publisher jointly came up with, much to his chagrin, was "Monkey ... See more »


His male protagonists usually bear a long chin. See more »

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