Rupan Sansei: Dead Or Alive

Title:Rupan Sansei: Dead Or Alive
Lupin III: Dead of Alive
Lupin the 3rd: Dead or Alive
Keywords: , , , , ,
Notables: INOUE Makio
KURITA Kanichi
Original Concept - Monkey Punch
R1 License - FUNimation

Lupin, Jigen, Goemon, and Fujiko are out to find a new treasure. This time they head for the small country of Zufu where there is a "Drifting Island" -- a bizzare combination of odd landmass and manmade structure looking at times like something out of the movie Aliens. The nation of Zufu is run by a dictator General Headhunter and he doesn't take kindly to Lupin's plans. Further, a rebelion is brewing lead by the son of the former king. What is the secret of Drifting Island? What killed the research staff there? What treasures could be held there?

[1 theatrical movie based on the characters from the Lupin manga. Manga author Monkey Punch directed this movie.]

[edit] The ↗Lupin III franchise:
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Rent 9 8 8 7 7 Ggultra2764 [series:1012#1552]
Quite the entertaining little movie, Dead or Alive features Lupin and his gang in all their glory here as they try snagging treasure on a remote island protected by deadly nanomachines and found in a country running under a dictatorship. Fujiko, Jigen and Goemon all get their little roles to play here in this film and Zenigata pops in for some comic relief in trying to capture Lupin, especially with some of the serious scenes that take place involving the corrupt dictator Headhunter who makes for quite the intimidating and merciless villain. The movie format for Dead or Alive allows for better quality animation which definitely shows in the better polished character designs and more fluid animation you can find in the movie's action scenes, especially when Lupin and his group are dealing with the nanomachines on the island. The only major complaint I can make about Dead or Alive is it doesn't do much new with the Lupin III plot formula that seasoned fans may already be familiar with through Lupin's antics and his encounters with different villains in various global locations. Still though, this is a solid and entertaining 90 minute-plus Lupin III film that is well worth the time to check out if you are a fan of the series franchise.

Last updated Thursday, June 21 2012. Created Thursday, June 21 2012.
Unevaluated AstroNerdBoy [series:1012#436]

I've seen this movie, but I don't know why I never wrote a review for it. I'll have to rewatch it before writing a full review.

Last updated Wednesday, November 01 2006. Created Wednesday, November 01 2006.

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