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?

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By Mark Julian - 4/22/2014

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.

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Live-action Lupin the Third movie
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.
Source: via ANN
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Luminus - 4/22/2014, 4:30 AM
1st! First time saying it, too.
IminentEminence - 4/22/2014, 4:38 AM
I have no idea what they said BUT...

I'm going to see it!
Luminus - 4/22/2014, 4:40 AM
Interesting text trick!
COREYxYEROC - 4/22/2014, 4:40 AM
i cant do it! :'(
Spock0Clock - 4/22/2014, 4:41 AM
Forget a live-action movie. Can we get another animated series? The recent one about Fujiko was really strange, but also really good, but also really strange. As much as I dig the off-beat heavy character psychodrama of it all, I'd love to see some modern lighthearted romps in the vein of the 2nd series.
COREYxYEROC - 4/22/2014, 4:43 AM
ive never seen this anime but if the japanese are developing the movie then its a pretty safe bet that its faithful. i cannot wait for the rurouni kenshin movies later this year.
Spock0Clock - 4/22/2014, 4:47 AM
I think there's something wrong with mine!
MrNiklander - 4/22/2014, 4:49 AM
I love what I saw and I am a huge fan of Kitamura's work.So count me in
MrNiklander - 4/22/2014, 4:49 AM
How do you guys do that text trick?
jmartinez986 - 4/22/2014, 4:56 AM
@COREYxYEROC

im with you on the rurouni kenshin movie..
i would pay admin price just to see the sword fight scenes..

Spock0Clock - 4/22/2014, 5:02 AM
@Niklander

Just put your text in "marquee" HTML tags... Wait, why am I going this way now?!
AxeEffect - 4/22/2014, 5:08 AM
lmao, the text things are gonna steal the show from this article, that said, Lupin III, looks great!
IminentEminence - 4/22/2014, 5:12 AM
@Spock @Lume

Nice!
case - 4/22/2014, 5:27 AM
Never heard of it but that cartoon intro is definitely rad.
GenerationX - 4/22/2014, 5:29 AM
Crap
soberchimera - 4/22/2014, 5:44 AM
Nice, bring on the live-action Cowboy Bebop movie.
Spock0Clock - 4/22/2014, 5:58 AM


There's only two things I want to see in this movie, and she's both of them...

BoomTubeB - 4/22/2014, 6:00 AM
blast from the past! japans really hitting up old properties lately! please give up cowboy bebop next! TRI-GUN should be American made!
McGee - 4/22/2014, 6:28 AM
Fujiko's weapons are her boobs.
Spock0Clock - 4/22/2014, 6:31 AM
@McGee
LEEE777 - 4/22/2014, 8:24 AM
Could be good, looks good!
DorritoSaur - 4/22/2014, 8:51 AM
"Ah ra ra ra ra?!" Faithful alright :)
I never thought Lupin III would make a good film but this might actually be awesome!
arsonjack - 4/22/2014, 10:47 AM
looking good Kitamura
AshleyJWilliams - 4/22/2014, 7:25 PM
I'm sorry but as a long time Lupin the 3rd fan I can't be saying I will buy this. It looks awful, and the guy playing Lupin looks nothing like the character... Lupin is supposed to be Half French and Half Japanese. So therefor he should like a good mix of asian and white, this guy looks straight asian. Idk I just can't get behind this, would rather hear about an announcement for a new Lupin animated show. Than this disappointing looking film.

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