Lupin III (film)

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This article is about the 2014 film. For the 1978 animated film, see Mystery of Mamo. For the 1974 live-action film, see Lupin III Strange Psychokinetic Strategy.
Lupin III
Japanese promotional poster
Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura
Written by Mataichirō Yamamoto
Based on Lupin III 
by Monkey Punch
Starring Shun Oguri
Tetsuji Tamayama
Gō Ayano
Meisa Kuroki
Tadanobu Asano
Jerry Yan
Kim Joon
Music by Aldo Shllaku
Cinematography Pedro J. Márquez
Distributed by Toho
Release dates
  • August 30, 2014 (2014-08-30)
Country Japan
Language Japanese, English

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.[1][2] It was premiered in Japan on August 30, 2014.[3]


Lupin and friends infiltrate a highly secured fortress-like safe named "Ark of Navarone" (ナヴァロンの箱舟?) to claim the "Crimson Heart of Cleopatra" (クリムゾンハート・オブ・クレオパトラ?).[4]


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.[5] 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.[4] A confidant of Ryuhei Kitamura told the media that the director intended to update Lupin III to be more modern.[2]

The film's first promotional images of the cast were released on April 9.[6] The first teaser for the film was released online on April 25, 2014,[7] while the full trailer was uploaded on June 25.[8] The full trailer features the theme song, "Trick Attack -Theme of Lupin the Third", which was written and performed by Tomoyasu Hotei.[8][9]


Upon release, the film reached second place at the Japanese Box Office.[10]


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