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Lupin III: The First Gets Full Trailer, October Fathom Events Screenings

Oh, GKIDS Films you are spoiling us. Just days after teasing us with two dubbed tasters of the upcoming Lupin III: The First, the animation specialist distributor has delivered us not only a full trailer, but finally revealed the release details!

Lupin III: The First, for anyone not keeping up, is the first 3D CD animated movie in the long-running franchise starring gentleman thief Arsene Lupin III. Created by Japanese cartoonist Monkey Punch the series follows the exploits of the great-grandson of the (fictional) French thief Arsene Lupin created by Maurice Leblanc.  Lupin Jr. has starred in several TV series, dozens of TV specials and several movies- including The Castle Of Cagliostro, the feature debut of one Hayao Miyazaki.

Long time Lupin fans and newbies alike have been impressed with what we've seen so far- with a wonderful CG style that transfers the cartoony world of Lupin into three dimensions perfectly.

In this first full-length trailer, we learn more details of the plot. It involves a diary, a pretty girl (with Lupin there always is) and nazis. Specifically, the diary once belonged to the original Lupin (hence the 'first' of the title). The girl in question is a trainee thief named Laetitia., who also wants the diary for her own reasons, leading the two to team up.

The trailer is packed full of Lupin goodness. There's a car chase, a thrilling rooftop escape, dastardly villains and that iconic theme tune. And of course, there's Lupin's gang- we get to see Fujiko, Jingen and Goemon all strut their stuff in a trailer that gets up even more excited- and we didn't think that possible.

What's more Lupin III: The First will be the first film GKIDS will open theatrically since the cinemas began reopening. GKIDS will present the film as a Fathom Events screening for two nights only, on October 18 and October 21. The October 18 screening will be the new English dub starring Tony Oliver, Michelle Ruff, Richard Epcar, Doug Erholtz and Lex Lang. The subtitled version will screen on October 21. The screening will be preceded by a special intro from director Takashi Yamazaki. The film will then open in a regular release in select markets from October 23. Tickets are now on sale.

That's of course assuming you feel comfortable returning to cinemas- many people understandably don't feel ready just yet. That's if you even live near somewhere where they are allowed to reopen. If you are not ready or able, then GKIDS has been sure to announce that the film will also be having a digital release (to own) in December.

Check out the trailer below.


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