Takeshi Koike (Redline) is set to return to the stylistically vibrant world of Lupin the IIIrd: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine with a brand new theatrical film that once again putting the spotlight on Japan’s iconic femme fatale when Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko Mine’s Lie opens in select Japanese cinemas on 31st May 2019. A release in the United Kingdom has yet to be confirmed.
This marks the third feature film follow-up to the acclaimed series, after 2014’s Lupin the IIIrd: Jigen’s Gravestone and 2017’s Lupin the IIIrd: Goemon Ishikawa’s Spray of Blood, which were also directed by Koike and written by Fujiko Mine’s Lie writer Yuuya Takahashi. Takeshi Koike had previously served as Animation Director and Character Designer on The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, which was helmed by Sayo Yamamoto (Yuri!!! on ICE) with scripts by Mari Okada (Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms).
Lupin the IIIrd: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine was released on DVD and Blu-ray by Manga Entertainment UK, although neither Jigen’s Gravestone or Goemon Ishikawa’s Spray of Blood have seen release in the United Kingdom. Funimation Entertainment, who released the series in North America, describe it as follows:
She’s a thief. A killer. A saint and a scandal. She’s whatever you need her to be to get the job done. After sizing you up with one sinful glance, she disarms you with a touch. You’re powerless to resist. She’s walking seduction, with an insatiable itch for the priceless and a fetish for mischief. She takes your breath away to get what she wants. She takes everything else just because she can. It’s all in a night’s work for the woman called Fujiko Mine. She’s the slinky, sultry thread that holds Lupin III’s crew together – and this is the heist that started it all.
Since the release of the series, Japan’s iconic phantom thief has enjoyed a renaissance with the TV series Lupin the 3rd Part IV: The Italian Adventure and Lupin the 3rd Part 5, which are unconnected to the Lupin the IIIrd branded titles. The former series is available on Blu-ray courtesy of Anime Limited, while both are available for streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Source: Moetron News