Lupin III: Dead or Alive (1996)

From IMDb: “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.”

What I liked:

  • Sharp pace enhances an already engaging story featuring one of my favorite fictional characters and his cohorts.
  • Lupin the Third‘s adventures are Ocean’s Eleven-esque, and I love the Ocean’s Eleven remake trilogy (I haven’t seen Ocean’s 8 yet). Add humor and it’s a winning combination for me. Seriously, I had some good laughs with this one.
  • Lupin’s movies and tv shows are know for great action pieces and this film includes a KILLER opening chase.
  • The story boarding (shot framing) on this is fantastic. It was directed by Lupin’s creator Monkey Punch, who unfortunately did not have a pleasant experience (and gives all the credit to the animation director).
  • It was released in 1996, which is one of my favorite years ever because I turned 18 and I graduated high school.

What I didn’t like:

  • There’s one subplot that confused me a little, and I didn’t get clear on it until reading up on the film.

Overall: Well-made, highly entertaining characters in a zippy, sometimes funny story featuring thrilling action sequences.

Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production and has been published both online and in print for Los Angeles City College’s award-winning Collegian newspaper. He’s on Twitter and Instagram, and is also currently writing his first short novel.

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