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Lupin III: Dead or Alive is a 1996 Japanese animated film directed by Monkey Punch. It is the fifth feature film in the Lupin III franchise. The North American release was done by FUNimation; the film is available both individually and as part of their "First Haul" box set.


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 he announces his desire for the priceless treasure. Oleander, a fiery blonde 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.


Monkey Punch, the original creator of Lupin III, was the director of the film. However, he claims it was not something he wanted to do. The production had a short deadline and as there was no director, he accepted the role. He said the experience was too demanding and claimed that it was the other people involved that "saved" the film, and added that he never wants to direct again. [1]

He only directed the opening and ending sequences; the rest of the film was primarily handled by assistant directors. Monkey Punch has discussed this in both written interviews and on the brief video interview on the Dead or Alive DVD as released by FUNimation.


Characters Voice Actors
Lupin III Kanichi Kurita
Daisuke Jigen Kiyoshi Kobayashi
Goemon Ishikawa XIII Makio Inoue
Fujiko Mine Eiko Masuyama
Inspector Koichi Zenigata Gorō Naya
General Headhunter Banjō Ginga
Oleander Minami Takayama
Crisis Nachi Nozawa
Panish Tōru Furuya
Emera Chisa Yokoyama
Spanky Shigeru Chiba

Additional Voices:[1]

  • Misa Watanabe
  • Mahito Tsujimura
  • Kenichi Ogata
  • Ikuo Nishikawa
  • Chafūrin
  • Ryūzaburō Ōtomo
  • Mitsuru Ogata
  • Kujira
  • Takashi Irie
  • Hisaya Ishiguro
  • Kiyomitsu Mizūchi
  • Kikuko Asanuma
  • Yuria Hama
  • Jun Ogura
Italian ("Trappola mortale" [Mediaset] / "Dead or Alive - Trappola Mortale")
Characters Voice Actors
Lupin III Roberto Del Giudice
Daisuke Jigen Sandro Pellegrini
Goemon Ishikawa XIII Antonio Palumbo
Fujiko Mine Alessandra Korompay‏‎‏‎
Inspector Koichi Zenigata Rodolfo Bianchi
General Headhunter Saverio Moriones
Oleander Unknown
Crisis Oliviero Dinelli
Panish Massimiliano Alto
Emera Unknown
Spanky Ambrogio Colombo
Characters Voice Actors
Lupin III Sonny Strait
Daisuke Jigen Christopher R. Sabat
Goemon Ishikawa XIII Mike McFarland
Fujiko Mine Meredith McCoy‏‎
Inspector Koichi Zenigata Phillip Wilburn
General Headhunter Bill Townsley
Oleander Colleen Clinkenbeard
Crisis Chris Patton
Panish Sonny Strait
Emera Colleen Clinkenbeard
Spanky Chris Rager

Additional Voices:

  • Brad Jackson
  • Caitlin Glass
  • Chris Rager
  • Justin Pate
  • Kyle Hebert
French ("Mort ou Vif")
Characters Voice Actors
Lupin III Bruno Magne
(as Lupan)
Daisuke Jigen Hervé Caradec
Goemon Ishikawa XIII Constantin Pappas
Fujiko Mine Nathalie Homs‏‎
Inspector Koichi Zenigata Constantin Pappas
General Headhunter Gilbert Lévy
Oleander Caroline Mozzone
Crisis Thierry Kazazian
Panish Adrien Solis
Emera Sasha Supera
Spanky Gilbert Lévy

Additional Voices:[2]

  • Gilbert Lévy
  • Danièle Hazan



  • VHS July 1998 (VAP)
  • VHS (VPVV-63816, VAP reprint)
  • Laserdisc (VPLV-????, VAP)
  • DVD March 2000 CD Packaging (VPBY-11054, VAP)
  • DVD DVD Packaging (VPBY-1777?, VAP)
  • Blu-ray September 15, 2010 (VPXV-71094, VAP)


  • VHS Trappola mortale (Univideo/Medusa Film)
  • DVD 2004 (Dynit)
  • DVD 2005 Lupin the 3rd Special DVD Collection - Dead or Alive Trappola Mortale (1LUP??, DeAGOSTINI/Yamato Video)
  • DVD 2009 Lupin the 3rd Movie DVD Collection - Dead or Alive Trappola Mortale (DeAGOSTINI/Yamato Video)
  • DVD December 1, 2009 Lupin the 3rd - Dead or Alive Trappola Mortale Ultimate Edition (Yamato Video/Dolmen)
  • DVD December 16, 2011 Lupin III Film Collection (Uscita 8, Yamato Video/La Gazzetta dello Sport)


  • DVD February 22, 2005 (Funimation)
  • DVD Lupin the 3rd: Movie Pack - First Haul (Funimation)

Translation Notes

There were some changes between the Japanese original and the English dub as the English dub was partially rewritten and included minor extra dialogue.

  • After Lupin has hacked into the computer, Jigen says "You got into the enemy's computer pretty easy", In the English dub however, Jigen instead says "Oh... so could do with a new web designer" and Lupin adds "I'm not talking about jpegs Jigen." This was due to a 9 year gap between the Japanese release and the Funimation DVD release. This was also ironically aged as website designs have changed several times over the course of the Internet and jpg files are getting less used instead replaced with png and webp files for images.
  • The police officers in Zufu warned that Zenigata had entered the island illegally with the English dub adding that they are taking him in while Zenigata replies "Only my superiors may drop my name suffix". In English dub however Zenigata says "Come on, cut me some slack. I'm a cop, same as you." The officer suggested that everyone will drop the title in the Japanese original while in the English dub he said that he would put in a good word for the other inmates.
  • Spanky sings a parody version of La Cucaracha while he was drunk in the English dub.


  • Despite Monkey Punch saying that he never wants to direct again, he did co-direct Is Lupin Still Burning? for the 50th anniversary of the series.
  • The film took 5 months to make and currently the shortest produced Lupin the 3rd film in the series however according Yasuo Ōtsuka, the film going from the storyboards to the rush print took 3 months.[3]
  • Promotional art featured Lupin running on the wall with the spotlights on him, this hasn't appeared in the film.
  • Lupin uses a Mac in the film, Monkey Punch was involved in J-Mac (Japanese Manga Artists Club) a group where people who had Macs was about to do digital artwork that had around 1500 members.[4]
  • During the video that Lupin made, at the beginning it shows a spoof of the 20th Century Fox logo but as Lupin III.
  • The Italian dub included music from The Secret of Twilight Gemini in selected scenes where it was originally silent.



v  e
Lupin the 3rd Anime Media
Part 1Part 2Part IIITWCFMPart 4Part 5Part 6
The Mystery of MamoThe Castle of CagliostroThe Legend of the Gold of BabylonFarewell to NostradamusDead or AliveThe First
The Plot of the Fuma ClanReturn of the MagicianGreen vs. RedMasterFileDaisuke Jigen's GravestoneThe Blood Spray of Goemon IshikawaFujiko Mine's Lie
TV Specials
Bye-Bye Liberty - Close Call!Mystery of the Hemingway PapersSteal Napoleon's Dictionary!From Russia With LoveOrders to Assassinate LupinBurn, Zantetsuken!Pursue Harimao's Treasure!!The Secret of Twilight GeminiWalther P38Tokyo CrisisFujiko's Unlucky Days$1 Money WarsAlcatraz ConnectionEpisode 0: First ContactOperation Return the TreasureStolen LupinAngel's TacticsSeven Days RhapsodyElusiveness of the FogSweet Lost NightThe Last JobBlood Seal - Eternal MermaidAnother PagePrincess of the BreezeItalian GameGoodbye PartnerPrison of the Past
Lupin the Third: Pilot FilmLupin VIIILupin III 3DCGIs Lupin Still Burning?
Lupin III vs. Detective ConanLupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie


  1. ルパン三世 DEAD OR ALIVE. (in Japanese)
  2. Planete Jeunesse - Lupin III : Film 6 - Mort ou Vif (in Francais)
  3. レイアウトパレット - Interview with Yasuo Otsuka (in Japanese)