First created as a Japanese manga series in the late 1960s, the “Lupin III” comics followed the world’s greatest thief known for announcing his intentions to steal valuable objects by sending a calling card to the owners of his desired items.
The property went on to spawn a franchise including numerous television series, animated and live-action features, CDs, video games, even a musical. Most famously, Studio Ghibli founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata were involved in both writing and directing the TV series and film adaptations before they turned to their own films like “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” and “Grave of the Fireflies”.
Now, forty years after the last live-action feature, a new live-action adaptation is scheduled to premiere in August starring Shun Oguri as the character. The first trailer for that film has gone online.