With seven days to spare until their next heist, Lupin and Jigen go separate ways for a week, taking care of other business. To Jigen, that means hooking up with an old comrade from his mercenary days; to Lupin, it’s helping out a beautiful young woman who wants to get even with her evil father. However, their paths cross all too soon, and with a huge diamond called “Tear of the Goddess” at stake, everything can happen. And as Fujiko also has her own agenda within these fateful seven days, former friends could easily end up on opposing sides…
summary by Taleweaver
Highs: Perfectly paced; finds just the right focus on Jigen; good old-fashioned entertainment
Lows: A Lupin III like many others
This movie serves as a perfect example why I love the entire series: It’s funny, it’s fast-paced, it’s Lupin III just the way it’s supposed to be – and then some more.
If every action movie was as perfectly paced as Seven Days Rhapsody, Hollywood would be a better place. There isn’t a boring minute, from the classic “introductory heist” to the “true treasure” sequence at the climax of the film. The two parallel plots with Jigen and Lupin are skillfully woven into one another so that the audience is always a step ahead of our heroes, which is a great formula for suspense. The fact that Jigen gets his own – important! – side plot is also worth mentioning here as only a few Lupin III movies have given equal screen time to characters other than our master thief. It was about time someone else received a bit of the spotlight.
All in all, Seven Days Rhapsody is good, old-fashioned entertainment, lovingly put together with great production values. The characters are on-spot, especially Goemon (who, in his struggle not to offend anybody, is shamelessly used by both Fujiko and Lupin), and there’s even a noteworthy villain to provide the right opposition for our heroes. Put simply, if you’re into action comedy movies, you can stop reading here and go watch this.
However, if you’ve already seen a few other Lupin III movies, you won’t be able to overlook that this one follows exactly the same formula as most of the others. Make no mistake – this is one of the quality movies of the whole franchise, but there is something lacking – that little something that set Green vs. Red or Castle of Cagliostro apart from the rest of the bunch. Maybe I’m just spoiled, but history has proven that Lupin III TV specials can do even better.
And yet, Seven Days Rhapsody still has both of my thumbs pointing upwards, no matter whether you’re a die-hard fan of the franchise or a newcomer to the world of our master thief and his merry band of outlaws. It includes everything that’s good about the series and doesn’t make any major blunders that would bring it down. A bit standard, yes, but diamond standard.
Lupin III: Seven Days Rhapsody can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.