A while back, some of you Anime Vicers voiced concern over some comments director Ryuhei Kitamura made whilst discussing the level of realism he’d shoot for in this live-action LUPIN III movie. Specifically, he mulled over changing Lupin’s stalwart comrade-at-arms, Goemon, because the sight of a samurai running around in modern Japan would be too much today.
Well… all that concern seems to be totally unfounded, now that the trailer's out.
Short of maybe cranking the color saturation up even farther, I can’t think of any way the live-action Lupin could look more like Monkey Punch’s creation. And I guess Kitamura must have abandoned his concerns about Goemon, because there he is - - a samurai wielding his katana on a speeding car.
This looks like a whole barrel of fun. Though, I do find it amusing that it'll be an origin story - - showing how Lupin inherited his 'master thief' title after his father’s murder, and subsequently formed his gang. THE WOMAN CALLED FUJIKO MINE only just wrapped up last year, and that was another extended look at how these characters came to be (albeit from an angle focused on Lupin’s lady, where everybody kept to the 60’s setting). There's no getting past a good origin, is there?
Hopefully, this will be coming stateside soon. What do you lunatics think of it? Does it shoot new life into Lupin's legacy? Or does it bring shame to his name?