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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.

Directors:

Monkey Punch, Jun Kawagoe (co-director)

Writers:

Monkey Punch (creator), Monkey Punch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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The adventures of the master thief Lupin III and his cohorts as they dive into various escapades, all the while in pursuit by the tenacious Inspector Zenigata.

Stars: Yasuo Yamada, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Yukiko Nikaido
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Cast

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

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

20 April 1996 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Lupin III: Dead or Alive See more »

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Trivia

This film was directed by "Lupin III" creator Monkey Punch. However, in interviews he explained he only took the job due to the production having a deadline of five months and there being no director available to handle the job. According to Punch, all he actively directed was the opening and closing scenes of the OAV; he left the rest of the film in the hands of assistant director Hiroyuki Yano. He said the experience was too demanding (in his own words "it took more than a thousand times the energy of drawing a manga to produce and direct this movie"), and that he never wants to direct a feature again. See more »

Goofs

After Jigen observes Ole's pendant, his beard and his hair turn white. In the next shot, they were reverted back to black. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References Space Cobra (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Damage no Amai wana
(The Sweet Trap of Damage)
Sung by Media Youth
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It's a nice anime movie.
5 April 2001 | by mrincodiSee all my reviews

"Rupan sansei: Dead or Alive" is a nice movie of the Lupin III saga. Now we got an intriguing adventure on an island.

Besides a fight scene at the beggining, it's what one would call a "clean" movie. Definitely is not Miyazaki the ones who is directing the movie, but, anyway, it's well.

I'd complain that it's a bit slower than others of the series.

Watch it or rent it. It's nice and may be not very difficult to find (although I've had hard times looking for anime, I watched this one translated to Spanish, so maybe this one's not hard to get in English).

8/10


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