Lupin III Gets Live-Action Film in Summer 2014 Starring Shun Oguri
Monkey Punch's Lupin III manga and anime franchise is getting a live-action film adaptation in summer 2014 starring actor Shun Oguri (Captain Harlock, Hana Yori Dango, Gokusen, Space Brothers). Oguri underwent 10 months of action training for the role, losing 8 kilograms (about 17.6 pounds).
Additional cast members include Meisa Kuroki (Space Battleship Yamato , Crows Zero II) as Fujiko Mine, Tetsuji Tamayama (NANA, Casshern) as Daisuke Jigen, Gou Ayano (Ushijima the Loan Shark, Rurouni Kenshin, Helter Skelter, Bunny Drop) as Goemon Ishikawa, and Tadanobu Asano (Thor, 47 Ronin) as Detective Kōichi Zenigata. Ryūhei Kitamura (Godzilla: Final Wars, Azumi) is directing the film, and Mataichirō Yamamoto (Crows Zero, Azumi) is writing the script.
The movie will chronicle how the five main characters meet and how they become the "Lupin Crew." The film will also include an original character, Lupin's nemesis named Michael Lee, who will be played by Jerry Yan (Meteor Garden), a member of the Taiwanese popular group F4. Other cast members include South Korean actor Kim Joon (South Korean Hana Yori Dango) and Thai actor Thanayong Wongtrakul (The Man from Nowhere).