Lupin III: Dead or Alive

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Synonyms: Rupan Sansei: Dead or Alive
Japanese: ルパン三世 DEAD OR ALIVE
English: Lupin III: Dead or Alive
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 20, 1996
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, MysteryMystery
Theme: Adult CastAdult Cast
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 1 hr. 37 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.101 (scored by 52945,294 users)
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Ranked: #37382
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Popularity: #6005
Members: 12,128
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Lupin, Goemon, and Jigen take a mini-helicopter and head to the mysterious “Drifting Island” looking for a treasure rumored to be hidden somewhere on it. Through their exploration of the island, the trio encounters the lethal “Nanomachine,” the island’s security system. The trio triggers the alarm, springing “the Nanomachine” to life. The key to solving the island’s mystery lies in the small nation of Zufu. This once prosperous nation is now ruled by the ruthless, knife-collecting, General Headhunter. Fujiko does her usual probing and hacks into General Headhunter’s computer hoping to find some crucial information. Zenigata has received a video message from Lupin in which Lupin announces his desire for the priceless treasure. Oleander, a fiery blond officer with some hidden secrets of her own, steps in to help Zenigata. Armed with their newly found information, Lupin, Goemon, Jigen, and Fujiko go back to “Drifting Island,” but this time they are followed by General Headhunter.

(Source: ANN)

Characters & Voice Actors


Himaki, Yuji
Co-Director, Storyboard
Monkey Punch
Shinohara, Toshiya
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kawagoe, Jun
Episode Director, Storyboard


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Ending Theme

"Damage no Amai Wana" by Media Youth


Jun 25, 2010
The animation style of this lupin movie differs somewhat from the other movies. This movie uses realism style animation as opposed to the exaggerated styles everyone is probably used to. The story is slightly better than average since lupin's job this time isn't a simple heist and he has to deal with a lot of political stuff that gets in his way.
Feb 27, 2017
Starting off, this seems to be a heist movie but that changes tune very quickly as they turn out to be looking more for a place than a thing. It has a thing in it, but the story turns to be more about the place. This quickly turns into an action packed feature with a group of brutal killers, but it's in a fun Lupin way! What makes this one stand out is that it has an active revolutionary story attached. Unfortunately, the guys do a lot of work, and Fujiko doesn't do much until the last leg but what she does is very important.

There ...
Apr 30, 2016
Mixed Feelings
Another Lupin movie and surprisingly directed by Monkey Punch. He has been stated on record that directing this film was not a good experience, the deadline was too short, and he only accepted the role because the film did not have a director.

This time Lupin and the gang, based on a rumour, head to a mysterious island to find a massive hidden treasure. Upon their arrival, they are attacked by a super sci-fi based security system and narrowly escape. The key to finding the treasure on the island is by unlocking some secret a small dictator nation has.

Although the plot is not too bad nor ...

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