Lupin III (film)
Japanese promotional poster
|Directed by||Ryuhei Kitamura|
|Written by||Mataichirō Yamamoto|
|Based on||Lupin III
by Monkey Punch
|Music by||Aldo Shllaku|
|Cinematography||Pedro J. Márquez|
Lupin III (ルパン三世 Rupan Sansei?) is a 2014 Japanese action film directed by Ryuhei Kitamura and based on the iconic manga by Monkey Punch. The film focuses on how the series' main characters met for the first time and will reportedly update the franchise to a contemporary setting. It was premiered in Japan on August 30, 2014.
- Shun Oguri as Arsène Lupin III
- Tetsuji Tamayama as Daisuke Jigen
- Gō Ayano as Goemon Ishikawa XIII
- Meisa Kuroki as Fujiko Mine
- Tadanobu Asano as Koichi Zenigata
- Jerry Yan as Michael Lee
- Kim Joon as Pierre
- Nick Tate as Dawson
- Nirut Sirijanya as Pramuk
- Rhatha Phongam as Miss V
- Thanayong as Royal
Thanayong Wongtrakul, Nirut Sirijanya, and Yaya Ying have been cast in unspecified roles.
The film has been in the works for four years, with script development alone consuming two-and-a-half years. Franchise creator Monkey Punch acted as a creative consultant during the scripting and production. Filming began on October 3, 2013, and included scenes shot in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines, before moving to Thailand for two months. Principal photography concluded on December 26, 2013. A confidant of Ryuhei Kitamura told the media that the director intended to update Lupin III to be more modern.
The film's first promotional images of the cast were released on April 9. The first teaser for the film was released online on April 25, 2014, while the full trailer was uploaded on June 25. The full trailer features the theme song, "Trick Attack -Theme of Lupin the Third", which was written and performed by Tomoyasu Hotei.
Upon release, the film reached second place at the Japanese Box Office.
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