Lupin The 3rd: Legend Of The Gold Of Babylon
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Lupin the 3rd: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon anime film is co-directed by the cult favorite film director Seijun Suzuki. The adventurous, treasure-loving master thief Lupin the Third is at it again. This time, Lupin’s after the long-lost Gold of Babylon! With the aid of his partners Jigen and Goemon, Lupin treks the globe unraveling clues and dodging the violent New York Mafia, all while escaping the cuffs of the tenacious Interpol Inspector Zenigata and his team of five beautiful and determined policewomen. But what does the enigmatic and flirtatious old booze hound named Rosetta have to do with the fabled Babylonian gold deposit? Co-directed by the cult favorite film director Seijun Suzuki and matched with Yuji Ohno’s infectious breed of jazz, this animated romp is a bizarre and colorful adventure that whisks viewers from New York to the Middle East (and back!) in search of a fabulous treasure inspired by the biblical Tower of Babel. Released for the first time
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.72 Ounces
- Director : Seijun Suzuki
- Media Format : Animated, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 40 minutes
- Release date : December 18, 2018
- Actors : Yasuo Yamada
- Studio : Discotek Media
- ASIN : B07JHSKSX2
- Number of discs : 1
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Despite the confusing plot and overall goofiness, the film does contain some humorous moments and a few action sequences that are quite well done. As always, the picture and sound quality is excellent, as is the dub with the original Pioneer voice cast. Discotek should be commended for once again delivering a quality upgrade and finally making this movie accessible to more Western audiences. While this isn't a film I would recommend to casual viewers or newcomers, hardcore Lupin fans should be pleased and I'm grateful to finally be able to add this to my collection. Aliens and all.
Like I said the movies bad but for fans of the series this is absolutely a must buy. It's the best way to watch the film for US viewers and it's great to see the Part II cast back in their respective roles. Hope Discotek continues dubbing future films that never got the treatment, especially for Lupin.
I imagine anybody more familiar with Lupin might be more aware of how it deviates from the tone of other Lupin movies/shows, but I have only seen Cagliostro and a handful of TV episodes many years ago. I liked it just fine and wouldn't know it was a black sheep.
Now, for the ending. The alien thing was pretty ridiculous and came out of nowhere. But I do give it this: it worked for the context of the story it was giving us. If aliens didn’t move the Tower of Babel, then what would be next? Giants? A genie in a lamp? And besides it’s Pink Jacket, it’s not supposed to make any sense. Either way, watching the conclusion of Babylon was a walk in the park compared to those heinous crimes other parts of the franchise had (Mamo, Fujiko Mine, Lupin the 3rd Part 5) but that’s just my opinion.
If you already made up your mind about the movie, the main hype for this was the Part 2/Part 4 cast returning to dub more Lupin.
The Good: Oliver’s Lupin and Michelle Ruff’s Fujiko were perfect (nothing new here). The supporting cast was also impressive. I was blown away every time Rosetta sang her song and the New York mobsters were casted well.
The Bad: Epcar’s Jigen sounded off throughout the movie. Especially those scenes where Kowalski was chasing Jigen with the flamethrower. It sounded like Jigen at times, but then it slipped into Joseph Joestar (like Stardust Crusaders/Diamond is Unbreakable Joseph Joestar), to the point where the character sounded like Kobayashi (Jigen’s 85 year-old Japanese VA) if he just so happened to speak English. It just made Jigen sound way too old.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the newer casting of Zenigata. But it almost sounds like something’s changed since Part 4. It’s like poor Doug had to gargle nails to give his character a growl/raspy voice every time he spoke. It sounds less natural than it has in the past and I really wanted to hand Zenigata a cough drop through the screen.
Another reviewer mentioned that Goemon’s casting was horrible. I don’t know about that; for most Lupin fans here in America, Lex Lang IS Goemon and no one dares to question that. Maybe they mean that the voice doesn’t match Goemon’s appearance (animation) in this particular movie? I sometimes thought the same thing in Part 4 (especially since Goemon was wearing pink), but in all seriousness for Babylon the voice was just fine. Lang did a great job.
Amazing. Character designs and sizing charts, machinery, costumes, movie posters and more. And yes, even sketches of the winged lion statue! There were so many, I thought they were about to pull out the storyboards or something.
Various Japanese trailers at the time of the movie’s release in 1985. They also have the English trailers made by Discotek.
Extra notes about the movie. Chances are you already know what this is about.
As an aside, I like the reference towards episode 8 of Part 2 in the scene selection menu (Disorient Express (Again)). While watching the movie, I was reminded of that episode when the gang barged in on that couple on the train. It’s nice to see that Discotek and I are along the same train of thought.
If you don’t hold the movie to much logic, it’s an extremely fun watch for the more familiar Lupin fan. Voice acting could’ve been better, but the important thing is is that the family is back together again and it helps their case to dub more Lupin if you buy this. Overall, this is a refreshing new take on Babylon, a bizarre but truly unique experience.
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