Casting Underway For Live-Action LUPIN III

Fans of classic old-school anime remember the name Lupin the III very fondly so the news of a new live-action Lupin the III film just may result in a goofy grin or two. Continue on for details.

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By Mark Julian - 6/21/2013

Today is a day for news on live-action anime adaptations it seems. We received our first trailer for the live-action "Gatchaman" aka "Battle of the Planets" earlier today and now we have a new report that a live-action "Lupin III" film is being developed with a few leads already cast. Shun Oguri (Detective Conan) has been pegged for the lead role of Arsène Lupin III, a fictional character that series mangaka Kazuhiko Katō (pen name Monkey Punch...how cool is that?) created back in 1967 as the grandson of Maurice Leblanc's Arsène Lupin. Sho Sakurai (Honey and Clover) will portray the sure-shot Daisuke Jigen while Satoshi Tsumabuki (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) has reportedly been cast as master swordsman, Goemon Ishikawa.

According to Japanese sources, the film is scheduled to begin shooting this fall with a release set for March 2014. But the real question on everyone's mind has to be who is playing the tantalizing temptress, Fujiko Mine? It's reported that casting for the role is underway with a rather large number of actresses in the mix including Mirei Kiritani (Ace Attorney), Masami Nagasawa (Godzilla: Final Wars ), Anne Watanabe - daughter of actor Ken Watanabe (Sakura no Sono ), Airi Taira (20th Century Boys), Kyoko Fukada (Ring 2), Asami Mizukawa (School Daze), Tsubasa Honda (Vampire Heaven ), Kiko Mizuhara (Helter Skelter), and Kou Shibasaki (Battle Royale). A live-action adaptation was previously released in Japanese theaters, title "Strange Psychokinetic Strategy" starring Kunie Tanaka.

"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. That first manga has spawned a worldwide phenomenon that now includes anime, OVAs, a previous live-action film, music soundtracks, video games and even a musical. 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."

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TheAbomination - 6/21/2013, 6:57 PM
Lupin the Third. My childhood right there.
Shamo - 6/21/2013, 7:31 PM
ummm.. isn't Lupin a french white guy?
Goggles - 6/21/2013, 7:50 PM
@Shamo: He's mixed. Japanese/French.
KidGoku - 6/21/2013, 7:53 PM
YEEEEESSS!!!!
GetsugaTensho22 - 6/21/2013, 7:57 PM
Never read or watched either the manga or the anime, but i played the game that came out for the PS2. Pretty rad, if i say so myself.
Jollem - 6/21/2013, 8:11 PM
never could get into this show

what about a Cowboy Bebop movie done by duncan jones? i'd watch that in a second
CavEl - 6/21/2013, 8:26 PM
Shouldn't Lupin look white?
Swiftsword777 - 6/21/2013, 10:22 PM
Cool the guy from crow zero
GLprime2814 - 6/21/2013, 10:26 PM
I would cast the always sunny group for an American version of this.
JimmyPesto - 6/21/2013, 11:26 PM
It HAS to have a kick ass, jazzy soundtrack.
SpiderBat209 - 6/21/2013, 11:31 PM
Lupin the Third is Hilarious! I haven't seen this cartoon in years! It used to come on Cartoon Network hella late at night but I caught it whenever I could! This should prove interesting; can't wait! :D
Kayo - 6/21/2013, 11:52 PM
looks like we're getting more anime turn into live action film, i want Yu Yu Hakusho or Flame of Recca or Tri-gun to debut on the big screen as well.


can't wait to see this.
AlexDeLarge87 - 6/22/2013, 1:18 AM
Lupin is [frick]ing awesome!:D
RexDartEskimoSpy - 6/22/2013, 1:27 AM
A live action anime adaptation that could actually work? There's a first time for everything...
TheUnknownX - 6/22/2013, 1:33 AM
My childhood!
Minato - 6/22/2013, 3:42 AM
YES Nuff said
Hellsing - 6/22/2013, 4:39 AM
Nice! I loved the kenshin live action adaptation. It was badass good acting, decent story and awesome action. A must watch for sure.

If hollywood does get round to adapting animes the easiest one to translate fullmetal alchemist, trigun and cowboy bebop. But I hope they never do adapt them because the current track record is just plain shit.
DRMidNite - 6/22/2013, 5:58 AM
@McGee

The "hooker hair-flip" and boobs! A sure Box Office smash! ^5
Canon38 - 6/22/2013, 6:54 AM
This was actually very good anime
AntoBlueberry - 6/22/2013, 7:05 AM
There was an Italian short movie titled "Basette" where the lead character dreams of being Lupin III.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzs8bAQPIXc
Melkaticox - 6/22/2013, 10:03 AM
This wouldn't be hard to do in NA, to be honest...hell, not even Gatchaman would be hard to do. It's just that, american directors seem to be ****ing clueless, they don't to follow the source material AT ALL (oh my god, that Max Payne movie was a monstrosity...)

Japanese dudes respect their source material a lot more, just look at the Phoenix Wright movie lol
Tevii - 6/22/2013, 11:09 AM
Nice. have to check this out. Lupin is a hilarious show.
corey817 - 6/22/2013, 2:10 PM
NNNOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!
Jim Carrey is supposed 2 play him!
AshleyJWilliams - 6/22/2013, 2:56 PM
Yes a Lupin movie!!! I'd switch around the actors for Lupin and Goemon... Also I'd suggest they get a new actor for Jigen. The guy really doesn't feel like Jigen to me.

Also why so young?!? Like seriously the actors they have picked look way to young for the roles they are playing unless they are going for like an origin story on how they all met. Oh well whatever I'll watch it subbed, but hope a dub for it comes out though.
inkslinger616 - 6/22/2013, 7:21 PM
I always thought Joseph Gordon Levity should play Lupin
CamoDownToMyBoxers - 7/6/2013, 11:46 PM
Joseph Gordon Levitt for American Adaptation!
Ron Perlman for Zenigata OR! Chow Yun-Fat
Rain for Goemon!
Johnny Depp for Jigen!!!
Scarlett Johannson for Fujiko!!!
CamoDownToMyBoxers - 7/6/2013, 11:46 PM
inkslinger616 I feel the SAME. EXACT. WAY.

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