(WARNING: This film review contains spoilers and loads of fangirl sentiments. Read at your own risk.)
Unlike Rurouni Kenshin, Lupin was one of the animes that was easier to adapt. There was no main story arc to follow. The live-action team needed only to be faithful to the characterization of Lupin, Jigen, Goemon and Fujiko; and to relive the gang’s passion, which was stealing.
And I should say that the film’s cast was able to capture that. Performances were top-notched, as well as their looks. Lupin (Shun Oguri), Jigen (Tetsuji Tamayama) and Goemon (Go Ayano) had never been this handsome in the anime. Even Tadanobu Asano who played Detective Zenigata was too good-looking for Lupin’s best friend from Interpol. Jerry Yan surely matured from being Dao Ming Si to Michael Lee here. The mustache suited him well.
And I had to admit, Meisa Kuroki was truly gorgeous and definitely captured Fujiko’s deceitful beauty.
Shun Oguri’s performance was remarkable, and I loved how he twitched his face to portray emotion, which was so Lupin. But, it seemed that he was not able to capture Lupin’s sense of humor, as what my brother hinted. According to my fangirl friend, Amilou, she thought this project was a milestone for Shun since he usually played dramatic roles. And I thought Shun could have been funny if only he was told to do so.
The whole film lacked authentic humor. Lupin III is a comedy and adventure anime.
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