Upcoming Live-Action LUPIN III Movie Debuts First Footage
The first live-action Lupin III film in 40 years will open in Japan on August 30th and now we have our first look at actual footage. Will the film be able to satisfy a fan base that's comprised of a very widespread age range?
The first footage from the forthcoming live-action adaptation of Monkey Punch's infamous Lupin III manga debuted on TBS's Asachan (Morning Chance) program yesterday. Visually, the film seems to have definitely captured the essence of the anime. Check it out.
Lupin III (ルパン三世 Rupan Sansei), is a 1967 Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Monkey Punch (Katō Kazuhiko) that follows the incredible feats and adventures of Arsène Lupin III, the grandson of Arsène Lupin, the gentleman thief of Maurice Leblanc's series which is often described as a French counterpart to Arthur Conan Doyle's creation Sherlock Holmes. Considered the world's greatest thief, Lupin III, travels the globe, stealing priceless objects and announcing his intentions via calling card before pulling off the heist. Joining him are expert marksman and Lupin right-hand man right-hand man Daisuke Jige, master swordsman Goemon Ishikawa XIII who is said to possess a sword and skills that can cut anything and femme fatale Fujiko Mine, fellow thief and Lupin love interest. Pursuing them across the globe is Inspector Koichi Zenigata, who has made it his life mission to catch the master thief. Shun Oguri will play the lead role of Lupin. Tetsuji Tamayama (Casshern) will play the pistol- wielding Daisuke Jigen, while Gou Ayano (Rurouni Kenshin) is playing the skilled swordsman Goemon Ishikawa. The seductive temptress and Lupin love-interest Fujiko Mine will be played by Meisa Kuroki (Crow Zero II). Actor Tadanobu Asano, last seen in Thor: The Dark World as Hogun the Grim, is playing Detective Kōichi Zenigata.Ryūhei Kitamura (Godzilla: Final Wars) is directing from a script written by Mataichirō Yamamoto (Crows Zero). Rounding out the cast are Jerry Yan (Meteor Garden) who is playing an original character named Michael Lee, a character described as an adversarial rival of Lupin's. Also starring are South Korean singer Kim Joon and Thailand actor Thanayong Wongtrakul (The Man from Nowhere). Filming is taking place in Japan and Thailand. The film will be released in Japan on August 30th.
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