Lupine III the First: 5 things to know about the Japanese animated film inspired by Arsène Lupine

Available on DVD and Blu-ray, Lupine III The First marks the first appearance on the big screen in France of this cult manga character and grandson of our national Arsène Lupine. 5 infos on this film which conquered the press and the public.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT ?

The cult “gentleman burglar” Lupine III returns on a frantic adventure, for the first time in the cinema in France, to mark his great return to the country of his illustrious grandfather! He joins forces with the young Laëtitia to get hold of Bresson’s journal, a treasure that even Arsène Lupine has never managed to steal.

From paper to screen

Lupine iii the first: 5 things to know about the japanese animated film inspired by arsène lupine

Released in 2019 in Japan and unveiled in October 2020 in France, Lupine III: The First, directed by Takashi Yamazaki is adapted from the manga series Lupine III created in 1967 by the manga artist Kazuhiko Katō, alias Monkey Punch. Published at the time in the magazine Manga Action, the title takes up the codes of American comics and features the grandson of Arsène Lupine (hence the title Lupine III meaning Lupine, 3rd of the name). A hero not without flaws who quickly conquers the crowds.

The success is such that the manga is adapted for the cinema, and in an animated series imagined for television. This one arrives in France in the Eighties under the title of Edgar, the Burglar Detective; the name of Lupine could not be used at the time only in Japan.

The (3) dimension of the dream

Lupine iii the first: 5 things to know about the japanese animated film inspired by arsène lupine

The very first film to use CGI technology after more than 30 2D films, Lupine III: The First was Monkey Punch’s dream project. In 2013, he had indeed expressed this wish during an interview by launching: “the next film, I want to see it in 3D!”

Two years later, in 2015, the project was launched and put into production thanks to TMS Entertainment and Marza Animation Planet, companies specializing in the production and sale of animated and animated films and series in 3D. In April 2019, Monkey Punch took his last breath at the age of 81 after seeing his dream come true.

An award-winning director

Lupine iii the first: 5 things to know about the japanese animated film inspired by arsène lupine

Born in Matsumoto in 1964 and overwhelmed by the Star Wars films and Encounters of the Third Kind, Takashi Yamazaki specialized in special effects supervision in 1986 before directing his first feature film in 2000, Juvenile. In 2005, his film Always Sanchome No Yuhi won no less than 12 awards at the Japanese Academy Awards.

Assuring him the recognition of the public and the critics, this triumph was followed by other great successes, as well in real shots as in 3D animation. And this is none other than the director who was the executive creative director of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Miyazaki’s legacy

Lupine iii the first: 5 things to know about the japanese animated film inspired by arsène lupine

Fan of the series and “literally struck by [son] very “adult” animation ”, when he was still only a young man, Takashi Yamazaki, like many spectators, vibrated in front of the cult castle of Cagliostro. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki in 1979, this film is the second focusing on Lupine III and has popularized the character more than ever.

In an interview with AlloCiné, the filmmaker thus confided that this work did not leave him at the time of the realization of Lupine III: The First: “[C’est] a major work for me. It’s a film that I love, that I have seen dozens of times. Even if I had wanted to detach myself from it, I could not have because it is anchored in me. I also pay tribute to this feature film in Lupine III through many scenes. ”

Open the “voice”

Lupine iii the first: 5 things to know about the japanese animated film inspired by arsène lupine

A central element of Lupine III, the voices required meticulous work with actors chosen very early on. While in normal times, the dubbing actors adjust their voices on the images, pre-recordings were organized as early as 2017, well before the finalization of the real story.

The images were then produced on the voice of actors, giving rise to a great freedom of tone on the part of the latter. Kanichi Kurita, the voice actor of Lupine III, has also gone so far as to improvise jokes incorporated later in the film.

Lupine III: The First is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and in a Blu-ray / DVD Collector’s Edition.

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