'Lupin III: The First' Spoilers: World's greatest thief gets his own 3D adaptation in search of untold treasure

Lupin III is in a race against time against Nazi treasure hunters to unlock the mysterious Bresson Diary and the secrets it holds

                            'Lupin III: The First' Spoilers: World's greatest thief gets his own 3D adaptation in search of untold treasure
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Monkey Punch's comedy action-adventure heist anime hit the big screen last year when 'Lupin III: The First' hit theaters in Japan receiving widespread critical acclaim. Now, the film is set to release in the United States on Video on Demand, bringing the adventures of Lupin III — grandson of the great French thief Lupin I — to a new generation of fans, in an all-new format.

Join Lupin III and his allies as they take on the Nazis, all in search of a locked diary that holds the secrets to treasure untold. Created by Kazuhiko Katō, otherwise known as Monkey Punch, the stories of 'Lupin the Third' have spanned comic books, anime series, films both animated and live-action, and even several music CDs.

Now, for the first time, the film is getting the 3DCG animation treatment for a film that was made in honor of Monkey Punch's passing. Lupin (Kanichi Kurita/Tony Oliver) and his allies head to Paris to track down and steal the famous Bresson Diary, itself a treasure so rare that even Lupin's legendary grandfather couldn't get his hands on it.

Once Lupin does, however, he finds out that there's more to the diary that meets the eye, and soon he is drawn into a much deeper conspiracy, in a race against a Nazi faction who have their own reasons to want the diary in their hands. Whoever claims and deciphers the mysterious diary first will have the key to an immense treasure — and that's exactly the kind of thing that Lupin III was born to do.

Also tangled up in this complicated story is Laetitia (Suzu Hirose/Laurie Hyme), who has her own hidden connection to the Bresson Diary — one that just might be the key to unlocking the entire mystery. Prepare for hilarious hi-jinks, intricate puzzles, danger from all sides and an adventure unlike anything Lupin III has ever seen before.

The official synopsis for the film reads, "A master thief and his underworld companions race against time to uncover the secrets of a dark diary." You can watch a trailer for the film below:


'Lupin III' releases on VOD on December 15.

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