“Lupin the 3rd: Dragon of Doom” is a movie based on the famous manga. The Hong Kong mafia boss Chin Chin Chou tries to enlist Lupin’s skills to get the Dragon of Doom. It’s a golden statue that Lupin’s grandfather failed to steal during the Titanic’s fateful voyage. But the statue contains a secret: the formula for the unbreakable metal that Goemon’s sword is made of. Can Lupin get the statue before his pal Goemon can?
The story is decent and the Dragon is a pretty interesting item. It’s nice to hear Lupin talking about one of his grandpa’s exploits, even if he didn’t succeed. The drama dealing with the conflicting motivations of Lupin and Goemon should’ve been played up more. Goemon’s childhood friend, Kikyo, also should’ve had a more plausible explanation as to why she would betray Goemon without even a pang of regret or even trying to get Goemon over to her side, even though the viewer knows that Kikyo won’t succeed. Inspector Zenigata has the obligatory appearance, although the situations he gets into are pretty funny. It’s too bad that he doesn’t have a more pivotal role in the main storyline. Fujiko betraying Lupin isn’t really all that surprising, considering that it’s a part of her character. But it’s pretty surprising that Chin Chin Chou isn’t more suspicious of her or at least comes up with a plan just in case that she tries to betray him as well. The animation is pretty good and the voice acting is solid. Even if the writer doesn’t take advantage of the plot, you can always trust Lupin and his gang to at least make it entertaining. There should really be more stories about Lupin’s link to his world famous grandfather. Honolulu Lupin fans will find it to be a decent movie.
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