Rupan Sansei: Walther P38
1997 / 93m - Japan
Action, Adventure - Animation
Lupin III: Island of Assassins poster


February 25, 2021


One of the darkest Lupin films I've seen so far. Lupin himself is still quite quirky and jolly, but the film is pretty heavy on gunfire, action and killings. It's remarkable though how little of an impact that makes overall, as it still registers as a pretty basic and formulaic entry in the franchise. And that's not such a bad thing.

This time around, Lupin ends up on an island where a gang of terrorists is hiding from the world. He soon finds out that the gang members are held hostage too, as leaving the island means certain death for them, unless they inhale a special gas. Needless to say, our resourceful master thief will come up with a solution to outsmart his adversaries.

The animation is quite simple and the art style isn't too impressive, but the action is fun and the look remains distinctive. The pacing is also on point and it's nice to have somewhat higher stakes for a change, on the other hand I did miss the comedy and the silliness. In the end it all evens out, which leaves amusing filler.