First Official Live-Action LUPIN III Images

Shun Oguri is Lupin, Tadanobu Asano is Detective Kōichi Zenigata, Gou Ayano plays Goemon, Tetsuji Tamayama is Jigen and Meisa Kuroki plays Fujiko Mine. The first live-action Lupin III film in 40 years will open in Japan on August 30th.

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By Mark Julian - 4/14/2014

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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 Summer 2014.
Source: via ANN
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CorndogBurglar - 4/14/2014, 5:03 AM
I can't believe there were actually people asking for this.
Desrow - 4/14/2014, 5:04 AM
Pretty good looking girl, I was fan of the animation.
Enphlieuwince - 4/14/2014, 5:07 AM
Yes, that young lady is beautiful. They got so close with the looks I wonder why they didn't give him his iconic sideburns. It's a small thing, I know...
thalidomide - 4/14/2014, 5:07 AM
Wow.
0megaDaGod - 4/14/2014, 5:08 AM
No sideburns

You had one job
DaVinci31 - 4/14/2014, 5:11 AM
Wow, these guys are not kidding around when it comes to live-adaptation



I'ts plot sounds pretty interesting.
nibs - 4/14/2014, 5:12 AM
Just watched the first 2 of these the other day, they actually weren't that bad for 70s animation. I might watch this.
GetsugaTensho22 - 4/14/2014, 5:21 AM
Well this just goes to prove that just because they're Japanese, they don't HAVE to look exactly like their animated counter-parts.
ComicsBornAndBred - 4/14/2014, 5:26 AM
Wow
LEEE777 - 4/14/2014, 5:26 AM
Awesome!!!

I love a good Live-Action Manga, great find.
whoa123 - 4/14/2014, 5:40 AM
Fujiko looks really lovely, also the sideburns on Lupin could have made it look perfect though.
MrNiklander - 4/14/2014, 5:43 AM
Ryūhei Kitamura is directing this!? AWESOME!!!!!
Versus,Alive,Midnight Meat Train and No One Lives are excellent films. Dude deserves a big Hollywood break





McGee - 4/14/2014, 5:46 AM
Fujiko without big basketball titties is like Green Lantern without his ring.



McGee - 4/14/2014, 5:47 AM
That ass looks nice though....
zippiesdrainage - 4/14/2014, 5:47 AM
I know it's anime but I always thought that Lupin was white. A lot of animes seem to be ambiguous in this sense so they will appeal to as many audiences as possible.
0megaDaGod - 4/14/2014, 5:47 AM
LOL @ McGee
McGee - 4/14/2014, 5:54 AM
zippie.....Lupin is French Japanese. Dad (or grand father) ate wine and cheese.....mom ate rice and fish.
SoundWave - 4/14/2014, 5:55 AM
Tadanobu Asano! From Ichi-Killer and THOR movies!!!! He is epic awesome!!!
Doopie - 4/14/2014, 6:08 AM
looks good
Ceejay - 4/14/2014, 6:09 AM
Why don't they just do a proper Arsene Lupin film instead of this Japanese bollocks. The Last French movie was excellent fun but not very true to the original character from the LeBlanc novels.

I'd even prefer a live screen version of the Batman-esque 1990's Night Hood animated series of Arsene Lupin. The series was short lived but had one of the coolest opening sequences of its time with that music. Anything but this Japanese crap, keep the character French as he's supposed to be.

arsonjack - 4/14/2014, 6:11 AM
This movie is starting to look really good. Shun oguri as Lupin is the best, ps thnk u for no sideburns
Havensent - 4/14/2014, 6:16 AM
Where are those sideburns for Lupin?

Whoever the woman cast as, Fujiko is, she would absolutely get it all day.
jambabeanjuice - 4/14/2014, 6:27 AM
Looks good, I don't mind the "no sideburns" comment people always say when it comes to this movie because at the end of the day they will just watch this and live with it.
Barchiel - 4/14/2014, 6:45 AM
@Zippie "I know it's anime but I always thought that Lupin was white. A lot of animus seem to be ambiguous in this sense so they will appeal to as many audiences as possible."

No, that's just the way you see it. There's a lot of anime that is unheard of in the states. They make characters look different (hair/eyes especially) so they stand out more. This is after the Akira era of anime.
Barchiel - 4/14/2014, 6:45 AM
Not everyone is White Zippie lol
Barchiel - 4/14/2014, 6:53 AM
But if this movie did have a white cast, Christina Hendricks from Mad Men would be a great "Fujiko". Hugh Jackman could be Jigen. RDJ could be Lupin. Johnny Depp for Goemon.
boiling - 4/14/2014, 6:54 AM
Lupin is french.
Tevii - 4/14/2014, 7:21 AM
Dude, this show is hilarious. Just because its old doesnt mean it cant be good people.

Too bad they couldnt get Fujiko right though, as bad as Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. hahahah

Ill check it out for sure
MrSuperheromoviefan - 4/14/2014, 7:29 AM
looks interesting
mctrinket - 4/14/2014, 7:40 AM
The girl is hot.
Melkaticox - 4/14/2014, 7:53 AM
@Ceejay Because Arsenic Lupin is lame :B

Isn't most of the cast supposed to be french/italian(???) anyway?
Melkaticox - 4/14/2014, 7:56 AM
Ok, based on the names I think only Lupin is "white"...
Ceejay - 4/14/2014, 8:20 AM
@Melkaticox - Italian my ass, Arsene Lupin is almost as old a fictional character as Sherlock Holmes and he's very much French. The writer who created him is French and he even goes up against Sherlock Holmes in one of the original books. There's been TV shows and movies made about the character as early as the 1930's and he's always remained French.

It's just because of the craze for Manga revival in the late 80's that ushered in a Japanese version for anime so for many who were following that stuff this was their first introduction to a version based on a very old and popular character of French fiction and media.

This live action film from 2004 was the last time the gentleman-thief was brought to the big screen, both Eva Green and Kristin Scott Thomas starred in it. Well overdue a sequel..



FOOM - 4/14/2014, 8:32 AM
@Ceejay Ceejay Ceejay...

Lupin III is an old school Manga then anime series that ran from the late 60s to the mid 80s. The Japanese are very nostalgic for it which is understandable as it is a brilliant classic of both genres. Very funny too.Monkey Punch (its creator) is a genius and was involved in this film script. It is anything but crap.
AverageDrafter - 4/14/2014, 8:48 AM
1) Sideburns man, come on. Jige's look good though.
2) I always just assumed they would make Fujiko's boobs CG - They are practically their own characters.
3) Will the western version be hilariously rewitten and dubbed? If its not - then boooooo.
Brady1138 - 4/14/2014, 8:48 AM
Does anybody else watch anime or read manga and think "do Japanese people ACTUALLY think they look like that?"

I mean, they look nothing like their cartoon counterparts, but I don't think they ever could if they wanted an all-Japanese cast!
nibs - 4/14/2014, 8:57 AM
I'm pretty sure the big-eye style of anime has nothing to do with race and is just an eye-contact connection thing, like when you're a baby you recognize other faces and people from eye contact.

Also, who gives a flying [frick] if he is French or Japanese? Both countries have their own interpretation of the old fictional character. This is the Japanese one. The Japanese weren't going to make a film based on the French interpretation of the character.
thewolfx - 4/14/2014, 9:02 AM
Damn that chic is sexy


Anyways [frick] this i want my [frick]ing guyver reboot!!!!
sinsear912 - 4/14/2014, 9:07 AM
Rdj? hell no!
Ineedrevelation - 4/14/2014, 10:02 AM
Lupen's asian?

Really?

With those big European white people eyes?
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