By all that is holy in the realm of fan-fiction, how the hell did this cast get assembled for the upcoming live-action adaptation of the classic shonen manga Lupin the Third? I posted the teaser trailer and first character posters a few months back and it already looked so fabulous I was ready to don my burgundy velvet jacket and tight pants to shimmy and shake along with Oguri Shun‘s titular character. Then comes the official trailer this week along with the full cast list confirmation and I’ve died and gone to some alternate Hana Yori Dango Heaven. Playing the baddie and a side character in this drama are none other than two other actors in various HanaDan adaptations. Jerry Yan is making an acting return in a big way after two years of radio silence, he’s not going for tortured love in the currently airing C-drama Loving, Never Forgetting, he’s also joining Lupin the Third playing a bad guy character called Michael Lee. Let’s never forget that Jerry played the Taiwan version of Domyouji Tsukasa (called Dao Ming Si in Meteor Garden) while Oguri Shun was the Japanese version of Hanazawa Rui in HanaDan. To add more HanaDan crossover, Korean actor Kim Joon will be in Lupin the Third as well playing a computer whiz that’s part of the thievery squad. Kim Joon played the Akira character in Boys Before Flowers and didn’t do much since after going away to the army for two years and then quietly returning. It’ll be good to see three out of four HanaDan male leads in this movie just for kicks. With the Japanese, Taiwanese, and Korean versions represented, all that’s missing is finding the Chinese version of Soujiro to fully complete the mismatched set.
Noooooo, why is Domyouji and Rui pointing guns at each other? Where’s Makino when we need her?
All the HanaDan reminiscing aside, the recently releaed official full trailer for Lupin the Third looks so fantastic I’m quaking with anticipation. I loved heist movies and Lupin is a professional thief who assembles his gang to infiltrate the Ark of Navarone to steal the priceless Crimson Heart of Cleopatra. Leading lady Kuroki Meisa may not be the best actress around but she manages to always look beyond fine as the femme fatale type. The movie drops August 30th and I’ll be watching this in between checking out the back-to-back Rurouni Kenshin sequels. *squeals*
Official trailer for Lupin the Third: