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Rupan sansei: Dead or Alive (1996)

When Lupin heads to the kingdom of Zufu to pilfer its treasure, he incurs the wrath of its psychotic ruler General Headhunter, who places a dead-or-alive bounty on his head that many intend to collect.



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Credited cast:
Kan'ichi Kurita ...
Lupin III (as Kanichi Kurita)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ...
Makio Inoue ...
Eiko Masuyama ...
Minami Takayama ...
Misa Watanabe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Bryant ...
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Colleen Clinkenbeard ...
Emerah, Ole (voice)
Caitlin Glass ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
Bradford Jackson ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Meredith McCoy ...
Fujiko Mine (voice)
Mike McFarland ...
Goemon Ishikawa (voice)
Justin Pate ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Chris Patton ...
Crisis (voice)


Lupin heads to the kingdom of Zufu with plans to steal its legendary treasure, which its late king had hidden in a mysterious drifting island off the coast. However, he discovers the island is guarded by the Nanomachine, a supercomputer security system which he and his comrades are unable to defeat. The key to getting past Nanomachine lies with the Princess of Zufu, the only surviving member of the royal family; Zufu's current leader General Headhunter had staged a coup d'etat and had the king and prince executed. Lupin's gang successfully make away with the princess, but the ruthless General places a million dollar bounty on Lupin. Meanwhile, Inspector Zenigata makes an alliance with Oleander, a deadly police agent Zufu sent to bring back the princess. With bounty hunters, the General himself, and of course Zenigata himself on his tail, can Lupin get his hands on the treasure of Zufu? Written by Q. Leo Rahman

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There IS a $1,000,000 bounty on Lupin's Head, and he's wanted dead or alive! See more »

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Release Date:

20 April 1996 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Lupin III: Dead or Alive  »

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All the computers featured in this movie are Macintosh brand models. The reason why is because Monkey Punch owns a Macintosh Computer himself. See more »


[fighting off Nanomachine's army of sentient blade-wielding tendrils]
Daisuke Jigen: Now would be a good time to leave!
Arsene Lupin III: What, you're afraid of a couple of pointy sticks? No, I'm staying here, Jigen!
[Lupin gets his buttocks slashed, he screams and bolts]
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References Cyborg 009 (1966) See more »


Damage no Amai wana
(The Sweet Trap of Damage)
Sung by Media Youth
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Lupin the 3rd, Monkey Punch Style!
28 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the Best Lupin the 3rd Theatical Movies.

Lupin and his gang are solving the secrets of a secret treasure protected by highly advanced technology that's years ahead of it's time.

Located in a fictional country of Zuffu(an Iraq/Pakistan like country) with an evil general leader who has a thing for knives and swords.

Has allot of cool and random looking characters in it.

What's great about this movie is that Monkey Punch(the guy who made the Lupin the 3rd universe possible) is the director of this film.

Yes, this is worth seeing, all Lupin the 3rd fans should see it. I rank it #2 while Castle of Cagliostro is still number 1.

Only contains 2 blood scenes, and a bit of swearing.

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