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Lupin III: The First (Japanese: ルパン三世 THE FIRST, Hepburn: Rupan Sansei Za Fāsuto) is a 2019 Japanese computer-animated heist comedy film based on the Lupin the Third franchise created by Monkey Punch, to whom the film is dedicated. Written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki, it was animated by Marza Animation Planet and TMS Entertainment, and is the first 3DCG installment in the franchise. The film stars Kanichi Kurita as Lupin III, Kiyoshi Kobayashi as gunman Daisuke Jigen, Daisuke Namikawa as samurai Goemon Ishikawa XIII, Miyuki Sawashiro as Fujiko Mine, and Kōichi Yamadera as Interpol detective Zenigata. The film's plot structure is loosely modelled after Hayao Miyazaki's classic Lupin III anime film Castle of Cagliostro (1979).

In the 1960s, the diary resurfaces during a memorial exhibition in Bresson's honor. Lupin III tries to steal the book, as his grandfather had unsuccessfully attempted before him, only to be foiled first by a young woman disguised as a security guard, then by Fujiko; he is then arrested by Inspector Zenigata. On his way to prison, Lupin is sprung by his friends Jigen and Goemon and sneaks into the home of the fake security guard, a prospective archeology student named Laetitia Lambert. He presents a medal identical to the one stolen by Lambert, which his grandfather had left him. Laetitia contacts Lambert, her adoptive grandfather who ordered her to steal the book in the first place. Lambert tells her to bring Lupin and the amulet to him, in exchange for sending her to Boston University to study archeology.

The film was teased by Kiyoshi Kobayashi after the passing of Monkey Punch. Sega Sammy Holdings, the parent company of both TMS Entertainment and Marza Animation Planet also made a tweet later. On June 10, 2019, a Twitter account under the name @lupin_3rd_movie was created showing a poster of a 3D model of Lupin wearing Arsène Lupin's sword-scarred hat. With the tagline, "40 years from the immortal masterpiece The Castle of Cagliostro" it was revealed that Lupin III would debut as a 3D character for the first time. It had been twenty-three years since a Lupin feature film released in cinemas ever since Lupin III: Dead or Alive in 1996.[10]

The creative team of the Lupin franchise from previous works resumed for this production. For the first time since the stories were serialized as a cartoon in 1967 and in animated television in 1971, the eponymous thief was animated into a 3D figure amidst CGI background.[23] Naoaki Kitajima, producer for the movie stated the movie is a testament to the creative potential of the Japanese people.[9] The animators from Toms Entertainment and Marza Animation Planet intended the movie to serve as a cultural bridge between the different nations of the world, with a story that will be understood by any audience. The script was noted by a review that "bounce from setpiece to setpiece" with comedy used as the primary vehicle of movement throughout the script.[24]

Fiat had a special promotion with the Lupin team since one of the iconic car chases involve a Fiat 500.[46] Darts company DARTSLIVE [ja] collaborated with the movie makers to distribute a limited edition Lupin-themed dartboard.[47] Seafood specialty store Fukuya promoted the movie in their lineup of seafood brands.[48] The DVD was released with the movie's clockwork motif of the Bresson Diary as the cover. The deluxe Blu-ray will include a special "Bresson Diary" type edition and a booklet of approximately 100 pages.[49] French animation magazine Animascope, printed their first issue, featuring the character Lupin from the film, in its front cover.[50]

Shiraishi of Real Sound (ja) explains the 3D was "realistic" and the "animation stands out." The review explains the nostalgic themes present in the Lupin franchise such as "big jumps from roof to roof, the car chase in the familiar yellow car" all evoke the old Lupin despite the transition from 2D to 3D: "the Lupin gang remains the same." The review also noted its references to media and geography such as, "A careful copy of Paris in the first half of the 1960s, the remnants of the Nazi Germany."[39] Naoko Hosoda for Mantan reviewed the film has rare glimpses of Miyazaki's Lupin. The animation for the eyes were particularly noted for its clarity: "Lupin's eyes staring at Leticia are also gentle." In conclusion, the movie's action is at the scale of Hollywood by stating: "the action is truly 3DCG, and the speed and scale of the Hollywood movie are eye-catching."[77] The Japan Times stated, "A scene of Lupin and Laetitia sparring on a Parisian rooftop is so delightful, I wish it had gone on for longer; ditto a skydiving sequence that suggests the director has been cribbing from Kathryn Bigelow's '90s surfer caper, Point Break."[4]

Italian reviews marveled at the cinema whose franchise has been broadcast in Italy since 1979. Cinematik stated the movie's title The First is apt because of many reasons: "First, it is the first feature film made in CG; also it is the first film without the great master Monkey Punch. Finally, in this new adventure our Lupin III will try to get his hands on the Diary of Bresson, the only treasure that the famous grandfather Arsenio Lupin (I) never managed to steal. An adventure to which the famous thief has often accustomed us, made up of deceptions, breathtaking escapes, ancient mysteries to be solved, science fiction inventions, and secret organizations of the Nazi mold."[78] Madmass magazine with a four stars stated: "Lupin III - the First is technically superlative, an authentic enchantment for the eyes in which each sequence of frames appears a painting in bright colors. The emotional aspect is no less heart-pounding, spectacular and photorealistic action sequences, experienced both at full speed and in slow motion: in the middle of traffic, in the desert, or on board the yellow Fiat 500 of the Lupin gang."[79]

Parents need to know that Lupin III: The First is a CG anime adventure about iconic character/master thief Arsene Lupin III (voiced by Tony Oliver). Part historical fiction and part cartoon, the movie is light and playful in tone. While there are some sudden moments of brutality, all of the violence is cartoonish. Expect lots of fighting (hand-to-hand combat, knockouts), vehicle chases/crashes, characters getting tied up, threats of torture, and people getting thrown from a plane. Characters also readily pull out machine guns, pistols, and swords, and there are a handful of deaths, including Nazis shooting an elderly man in the first five minutes of the film. A depiction of an old and fake Hitler. One character occasionally has an unlit cigarette in his mouth. Language is infrequent -- there's exactly one "ass" and one "hell." A character makes an inappropriate sexual comment ("perhaps I can pay you back with my body"), and there's one instance of a tied-up woman seducing a guard in order to knock him out, as well as a moment of implied nudity.

This modern take on Lupin the Third is shallow fun (think Indiana Jones + Sherlock Holmes) but features a stereotypical cast of misfits who reinforce gender norms. Of course, most of these characters were originally conceived decades ago -- but, still, updates to character designs might have elevated this pop quiz of an anime. The original Lupin III appeared in a 1967 Manga series by Monkey Punch (the pen name for Kazuhiko Katō). Over the decades since, many iterations of Lupin III have entertained fans in print, TV series, and animated movies. Lupin III: The First is the brand's first foray into CGI, delivering action and new character stylizations with visual panache. The move to computer generated animation does make Lupin, the cast, and Europe far more cartoony than realistic. While the plot is standard action-adventure fare, it's delivered gleefully and quickly. There are Nazis to fight, a plan of world domination to halt, and a powerful unknown technology to destroy, but the biggest drama involves Laetitia discovering who her "real" family is. The film privileges biological family, situating Laetitia's adoptive grandfather as evil and her biological grandfather as good. Thus, her "real" family is who she truly "is," which is a popular norm that many adoptive families encounter and must find ways to reconcile or explain.

This take also sees Lupin appear smoother, younger, and without his typical cigarette or alcoholic drink. Lupin's friends, however, take up their already well-established roles -- though they also feel somewhat flat. They don't get any proper introduction or explication, easily appear when Lupin is in a jam, and just as easily disappear when Lupin needs the narrative to move forward. They aren't fully worked into the plot. Some fans of the franchise might feel annoyed at this lack of exposition for these well-known friends. To newcomers, they may serve as evidence that Lupin isn't a selfish idiot (which is the first impression that he gives) and actually has friends who care for him. Lupin may also first come across as snarky and selfish, but midway through, his goodness and playfulness feel more comfortable and his bravery seems less brash. He's like a mix of Robin Hood and Spike from Cowboy Bebop (even though the latter was published after the original Lupin III Manga).

The First is the 6th and last Lupin the 3rd movie released on December 6, 2019. It was produced by TMS Entertainment and Marza Animation Planet, directed and written by Takashi Yamazaki. It is the first full CGI animated movie of the series.

In 2016, the team had spent the year working on the script going through 12 drafts and Yamazaki drew rough storyboards. A team of storyboard artists, including Kazuhide Tomonaga, worked on the movie to develop an animatic reel which was over 90 minutes along. Unlike the traditional practice, they decided that the film would have a Hollywood approach regarding production and show the animatic reel to others for feedback. It was also decided that the voice acting stage would start so the mouth animation was in sync with the actual dialogue, an animation practice common in Western animation but rare in Japanese anime. The first recording was done in May 2017 and while most of the voice actors were a little hesitant, Kanichi Kurita however enjoyed it so much that he adlibbed some lines, and some were made into the final product. 59ce067264


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