Noong nakita ko trailer nito sa asianwiki, or kahit yun pictures nila, di ako makapaniwala na gagawin nila talaga to! hehe From Gatchaman, black butler and Hentai Kamen, Kenshin, eto na, Lupin! hehe
Story is simple, eh etong si Lupin at iba pa, members pala sila ng the works, headed by a billionaire Brit na parang Robin Hood ang creed whatever, ends up dead noong naraid sila ng group ni Michael, si Jerry Yan ng F4. Tapos, ayun na, Lupin at Jigen, at well Fujiko, hinahanap nila si Michael para makaganti. Then, sinusundan pa sila ni ICPO inspector Zenigata. At habang naghahabulan sila at hinahanap yun kwintas ni Cleopatra, they discovered from the very start, kung sino talaga may pakana ng lahat na ito. At ako eh nagulat bakit ganun? hahaha
After more than 2 hours, I must say, it almost epic failed. Almost. Geez, parang Dragon Ball Z movie but nah, di naman ganun level. hehe What did Ryuhei Kitamura do good sa film? By the way, siya director ng Versus, hmmm Azumi not sure, ah Midnight train and recently, No One Lives. Ah, first of all the looks of the actors, mahirap siyempre kumuha na sobrang payat yet mabilis na Lupin, Shun Oguri, pwede na. hehe Si Asano as Zenigata is having a crazy time playing a matabang Zenigata. In the anime, payat rin siya mukhang malaki coz of the coat but here malaki naman si Asano, pero masaya siya at makulit as Zenigata. Pero pinakakuha si Jigen, at Goemon. Inside and Out, perfect sila sa casting hanggang dialogue. hehe Eto, Meisa Kuroki sa Fujiko, hmmm her face may angle na oo nga Fujiko, pero the whole movie, I call her conservative Fujiko. You know what I mean if you do watch yun anime, voluptous, vixen, dangerous, deceptive and loves guns. Wala siya yun first 2. hehe Sorry but ok lang siya. But still not satisfied. Hindi dahil mahirap maghanap ng ganun babae na Japanese. Well, sad to say, there is and the casting crew should have gone look further, marami at madali lang. hehe If the first 3 pwede madala sa acting and some costume, Fujiko should be eye candy, head turner at later yun acting. hehe
Ang isa pang nagustuhan ko, action scenes, not top notch pero enjoyable. Lalo na yun car chases and yun last part na kahit weird and almost like b movie, pero masaya. Ryuhei is indeed an action director. Oh I love the 2 women fighting. hehe How about Jigen vs. Goemon. Fun!
The sad parts almost made this film failed. Kaya pala ang una sabi ni direk when he got interviewed, he hope fans of the material will appreciate the film, pag may ganun senyales pala, medyo magingat na. hahaha
First, dialogue! I mean almost poor written, and mixed language?! Kaya pala sila nacast because they can speak some clear english. Weird but lalo na yun una, grabe nahilo ako kung ito ba talaga, japanese flick, english flick, chinese or international flick. I don’t know.
Second, plot changed well lalo na yun una na may origin agad si Lupin which I think sa series rarely discussed or ang alam ko, magnanakaw agad ito si Lupin. Well, that changed sa film at may group siya. What? hehe I hope they just really followed sa anime na sila na apat, stealing and looting then sumabit type of story. Oh don’t forget, yun mga twist and turns that well, not fun. A waste of time, especially yun main villain after what all he did, he is kinda lucky at the end. Erghh..
Third, unneccessary characters. Despite Jerry Yan eh scary siya dito at nagulat ako sa role niya, he is damn unneccessary. hahaha Nagpagulo from the original source. How about yun general friend ni Zenigata and that annoying hacker, and even the main villain. There are many di naman kailangan na character. I preferred Jerry Yan to be the main villain kasi sa una nakakatakot siya pero pagtagal, parang change of heart? Eh?
Lastly, well.. When you watch Lupin, any one episode, or anime movie, you get slapstick comedy, mystery, and action. All balanced, may sobrang kakatawa, tapos mapapaisip ka din, tapos may parts na serious at siyempre action din. This film, very very few comedic shots, mystery is not that challenging or well, twist din. Action is a lot, sa simula hanggang wakas ata, grabe, pero not top notch. So, yun ang nagkaproblem sa film. Lupin should be at least half fun/comedy/action piece, not more action, less fun and more serious. Geez.. Talagang kaunti pa nakakatawa at natawa pa ko sa unexpected character, Goemon?! hehe
Actually Lupin is more filmable and should be enjoyable unlike the other adaptations pero ito it’s just did not work. I hope the next one, well iba gumawa at please spend more time watching Lupin the anime to really get what I mean or most of the fans, that’s it’s a fun film. Please kahit yun OST makuha man lang or how about make it hmmm 70’s setting. Basta ayusin na lang next time. Not too comedic or action packed film, outrageous is a better word. hehe
And yes, please change the actress of Fujiko. She’s a good actress though pero eye candy? Nah. Try for example, Asana Mamouru, wow. hahaha All you need to do is train her to act. Possible. At least yun eye candy effect, sure na. hahaha
Lupin stole from me 200 ha!