Lupin III: The First
Arsène Lupin III: Gentleman, charmer – and the best thief in the world, according to several police departments. Lupin is chasing a mysterious journal that allegedly contains traces of a fantastic force. In the right hands, this force could rule the world.
In his search for the journal he befriends Laetitia, a young girl on a mission to steal the same journal for her grandfather. His mysterious organization also want to get their hands on the secret power of the journal. Together, Lupin and Laetitia must undertake a dangerous and thrilling journey. The future of the world is at stake, and nothing is quite what it seems.
Takashi Yamazaki has written and directed this firework of an animated film. Humour and tension are never far off, and we meet many fun and interesting characters along the way. Made in 3D, the film is visually magnificent: It was nominated for awards at Annecy and Sitges Film Festivals, and won the award for Best animation at the Japanese Academy Awards.
«This lavish, technically polished animated caper featuring the beloved gentleman thief of Japanese manga delivers high-octane entertainment but plays safe with the canon.» – Variety
Copyright: © Monkey Punch / 2019 LUPIN THE 3rd Film Partners
Takashi Yamzaki (b. 1964) is a Japanese director and screenwriter born in Nagano, who has made both regular feature films and animated films. He has won the award as best director at The Awards of Japanese Academy both for Always san-chôme no yûhi (2005) and Eien no 0 (2013)
This film is part of
Original title ルパン三世 THE FIRST
Country Japan, USA
Director Takashi Yamazaki
Screenplay Monkey Punch, Takashi Yamazaki, Maurice Leblanc
Cinematography Yosuke Sakai
Producer Takeshi Ito, Naoaki Kitajima, Koji Nozaki
Cast Kan'ichi Kurita, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Daisuke Namikawa, Miyuki Sawashiro, Kôichi Yamadera, Suzu Hirose
Production Company Abe Shuji, Chukyo TV Broadcasting Company (CTV), Fukuoka Broadcasting System (FBS), Hiroshima Telecasting (HTV), Marza Animation Planet, Miyagi Television Broadcasting
Runtime 1h 33m
Genre Animation, Suspense
Age limit 12
This film is in competition for the Audience Award.