Weâ€™re not talking about some of the more iconic entries in Hayao Miyazakiâ€™s oeuvre hereâ€”but of course, a return to his roots on Lupin itself.
After wowing us with some fantastic trailers and a truly spectacular title sequence, Toho is back dazzling our eyeballs with the first clip from the very first CG-animated Lupin III movie, suitably titled Lupin III: The First. The clip sees the master thief under the arrest of his longtime rival (and occasional wary ally) Inspector Zenigata…well, for all of about a minute or so, until Lupinâ€™s partners in crime, Jigen and Goemon, come riding along in Lupinâ€™s for one hell of a car chase.
Itâ€™s all very gorgeous, and incredibly Lupin of course, but with Jigenâ€™s revolver trick shots and fancy driving, that fantastically jazzy theme tune, and that dinky little Fiat, itâ€™s hard not to feel like this is director Takashi Yamazakiâ€™s riff on the car chase from The Castle of Cagliostro. Not only is the movie famously Miyazakiâ€™s first directorial debut, having directed several episodes of the anime adaptation of Monkey Punchâ€™s beloved manga, it is home to one of the most delightful, fantastical car chases in animated movie history, as Lupin and Jigen chase after a bride-to-be in distress.
The new version is a bit flashier, but still, itâ€™s a lovely tribute to a lovely sequence. Lupin III: The First hits Japanese theatres from December 6, while the rest of us are left to look on and sigh at how pretty it is.