Moviegoers in Japan can expect director Hiyao Miyazaki’s 1979 Lupin III film, The Castle Of Cagliostro, to be re-released with a new digital remastering as soon as May 9, with other territories to follow suit. This week, however, it was during a recent exclusive TBS morning broadcast that the first footage from Azumi (2003) director Ryuhei Kitamura‘s own upcoming live action adaptation of the initial Monkey Punch manga went public, featuring lead actor and fellow Azumi co-star Shun Ogiri in the title role.
The teaser footage also comes after roughly a year of some heavily active speculation regarding the possibility of the acclaimed filmmaker returning to helm a much-desired sequel to his 2000 cult favorite, Versus
. I’ve been a fan of Kitamura
since college, and I can’t wait to see what happens next with his career in directing. And by all means, if Kitamura
still supports the idea of an American remake of said film, that’s fine by me, but as long as he’s the one in the director’s seat. Until then, I’ll take what I can get, and I look forward to Lupin III
when it comes out following its Japan release beginning August 30
also reunites Kitamura
with fellow Azumi
scribe Mataichiro Yamamoto for the screenplay, and also stars Tetsuji Tamayama
as Daisuke Jigen, actress Go Ayano
as Goemon Ishikawa, actor Tadanobu Asano
as Detective Kōichi Zenigata, and Meisa Kuroki
as Fujiko Mine. Jerry Yan
, South Korean singer Kim Joon
and Thailand actor Thanayong Wongtrakul
round out the cast.
Lupin, Jigen, Goemon, Fujiko, and Zenigata come together for the first time as Lupin and his crew attempt to steal the “Crimson Heart of Cleopatra” which is held in a giant high-security safe called the “Ark of Navarone”.
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