Infamous fictitious criminal Arsène Lupin III has stood the test of time across decades, mediums, and technological shifts. Now, the heist-master has crossed over from his characteristic and long-standing 2D animation style for a CGI film that looks ... pretty great, actually!
The trailer for Lupin the Third: The First brings together the classic cast of Lupin III. Aside from Lupin himself, there’s Jigen, the pinpoint-accurate gunman (who, in the CGI version, seems to have gotten a beard trim); Goemon, the prideful swordsman; Fujiko, Lupin’s sometimes partner, sometimes rival; and Inspector Zenigata, Lupin’s eternal pursuer. The trailer features plenty of unbelievable Lupin stunts, ranging from car chases to dogfights, and we even catch a glimpse of Lupin’s yellow Fiat. Of course, the trailer wouldn’t be complete without an arrangement of Lupin III’s iconic theme.
Titled Lupin the Third: The First, the film is directed by Takashi Yamazaki (Stand by Me Doraemon) and produced by Toho Animation. The film comes 40 years after the classic Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro, which was Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s theatrical debut.
Lupin the Third: The First will hit theaters in Japan on Dec. 6. No plans have been announced for an international release.