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Lupin the IIIrd: Chikemuri no Ishikawa Goemon
Goemon's Blood Spray follows in the same aesthetic and storytelling style as Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine and Jigen's Gravestone in offering a more edgier take on the Lupin III franchise directed by Takeshi Koiki, that is more closer to its original manga roots. Here, Lupin and his gang cross paths with a formidable assassin tasked with hunting them down following a yakuza heist and Goemon is trying to hunt down the assassin to avenge the death of the yakuza boss he was protecting. The narrative of the plot is pretty simple to follow as the assassin is shown to be a formidable threat with his axes and physical strength, which puts Goemon's skills to the limit when he loses in an initial confrontation with him and hones in training to improve his capabilities for their second match. But it is quite a spectacle to see unfold in the action department if you're a Goemon fan and the assassin, Hawk, has some impressive physical feats to see throughout the film. Do be warned, this is perhaps the most violent installment in the Lupin III franchise to date as Hawk and Goemon's attacks do result in severed limbs and plenty of blood spilled in rather graphic detail thus it wouldn't be appropriate to show to more younger or sensitive audiences. Plus like the prior two mentioned installments of Lupin III from Koiki, it lacks the more light-hearted and comedy-driven storytelling offered from many past installments of the Lupin franchise. Still if you like the more edgier slant of Koiki's take on the Lupin III franchise, Goemon's Blood Spray is a definite recommendation to check out.
Last updated Wednesday, March 18 2020. Created Wednesday, March 18 2020.