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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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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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The fifth animated theatrical Lupin the 3rd movie. See more »

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[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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Damage no Amai wana
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Lupin and the kingdom of Zufu
9 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

One of the best Lupin films along with 'The Castle of Cagliostro' (my favourite) and 'Farewell to Nostradamus'. Really like most of the Lupin films though, my least favourite and the only disappointing one being 'Gold of Babylon'.

'Lupin: Dead or Alive' may not be quite as entertaining as 'The Castle of Cagliostro' or as bold as 'The Secret of Mamo' or 'Farewell to Nostradamus', but it is a very good film in its own right and serves Lupin well. It doesn't quite have the energy as some of the previous Lupin films pacing wise and there are a few parts that have little to do with the story and seemed there for padding purposes.

The animation however is great. The characters' designs have more finesse than in 'Farewell to Nostradamus' and 'The Secret of Mamo' and are not as ugly or underwhelming as 'Gold of Babylon' and there is a lot of polish, with the attention to detail in the action and backgrounds being particularly impressive. The action is exciting and suspenseful.

'Dead or Alive' ends satisfyingly, with things wrapped up neatly without being too pat. The music is dynamic and fitting.

Although not as humour-heavy as the other Lupin films, the humour is present and it is funny. The writing is also thought-provoking and taut. The story is gripping, if not quite as eventful or as vibrantly paced as the previous film, and doesn't forget to be fun or tense.

We have a high in charisma lead character in Lupin, a good villain, Jigen and Goemen having entertaining roles and the film brings the best out of Fujiko and Zenigata. Voice acting is good.

Overall, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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