Lupin the Third – Der Meisterdieb (2014)

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Lupin the Third – Der Meisterdieb: Directed by Ryûhei Kitamura. With Shun Oguri, Jerry Yan, Tetsuji Tamayama, Gô Ayano. The grandson of a legendary gentleman burglar assembles a team of thieves to steal a Cleopatran necklace from two parties – an ally-turned-rival, and an underworld tycoon.

“Three words: Very poor lighting. They can use some flashlight for better illumination. Its one thing to shoot scenes at night, but its also another thing when the viewer can no longer make of whou0026#39;s fighting who. Plus shaky cam too. So one can just imagine how hard it was while watching.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIf the story wonu0026#39;t hold your attention, the amount of pretty faces and bodies will. Like seriously, they capitalized so much on Fujiko Mine(Meisa Kuroki) and Miss V (Yayaying Rhatha Phongam). They were very blazing hot all through out! For the ladies, thereu0026#39;s Michael (Jerry Yan) and Lupin (Shun Oguri).u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIf thereu0026#39;s one thing I can commend this movie for, it has to be the participation of actors from different countries. We see actors here from Japan, Thailand, USA, and Taiwan. And their English were okay! Maybe not as smooth, but there were subtitles to help anyway.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe story, like the source material, managed to be funny. Lupin III, for those who havenu0026#39;t seen the series, is our very elusive thief who could literally hide at the moon just to evade arrest.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThere is this one scene which somehow put me into questioning. Thereu0026#39;s this scene where Lupin, as cunning as he is, employed some trick for the bad guys. He made use of this recorded tape/flashdrive and it was his animated look shown on the screen. They altered Lupinu0026#39;s face to match Shun Oguriu0026#39;s! Were they authorized to alter Lupinu0026#39;s animated face just to match to the actor who played him in live-action? I mean, theyu0026#39;re basically altering a face already known for what, 30 years, just to accommodate a live-action adaptation? Which brings me, Shun Oguri doesnu0026#39;t really have this Lupin aura. Lupin was oval-faced, Shun Oguri is square-faced. There were these scenes where Shun Oguri makes the trademark smirk of Lupin. Iu0026#39;m a very forgiving watcher so Iu0026#39;ll just go with that.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eTadanobu Asano was fabulous as Inspector Zenigata! And thereu0026#39;s also the special participation of Goemon Ishikawa—-u0026gt; I didnu0026#39;t expect this.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOkay Iu0026#39;ll sum this up. All in all, the movie is okay. There was a little drama, the action scenes were par, and the special effects were passable.”

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