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LA Eiga Fest To Screen Rurouni Kenshin and Lupin III This September

To all the fans of Rurouni Kenshin and Lupin III in LA, worry not! LA Eiga Fest will bring you these live-action film adaptations together with other Japanese movies from September 12-14 at the Egyptian Theatre. The festival will kick off with the screening of Lupin III, starring Shun Oguri, on Friday, September 12. The movie, which is directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, premiered in Japan on August 30. Another critically-acclaimed live action film, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, which is directed by Keishi Ōtomo, will have its U.S premiere on September 14. The second installment of the widely-popular film stars Takeru Satoh, Takei Emi, Aoki Munetaka and Tatsuya Fujiwara. 

Other Japanese films will be shown throughout the three-day festival. To know more about the schedule and events, kindly visit their website here.

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Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno

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Lupin III 

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Lupin III is Set to Steal Your Hearts In Its Live-Action Film Adaptation

Arsène Lupin III, or more commonly known as Lupin III, is an infamous thief whose story spawned numerous media franchise such as anime series, OVAs, films, video games, and many more. Its manga is written and illustrated by Kazuhiko Kato (known by his pen name Monkey Punch) in the 1960s and a few years after its publication, its first animated television series was aired. The anime was divided into four different parts which spanned for about four decades. With its popularity still soaring high up to this day, a live-action film adaptation of Monkey Punch’s best-selling manga is created. It is directed by Ryuhei Kitamura and the plot of the movie will revolve around Lupin’s escapade to steal the “Crimson Heart of Cleopatra”.

The movie adaptation will be shown in Japanese cinemas on August 30, 2014. Shun Oguri is playing the role of Lupin III, and his friends Daisuke Jigen, Goemon Ishikawa XIII and Fujiko Mine are going to be portrayed by Tetsuji Tamayama, Gō Ayano and Meisa Kuroki, respectively. Tadanobu Asano, on the other hand, is Inspector Koichi Zenigata—an ICPO detective who constantly chases Lupin and his gang but always fails to arrest them. Jerry Yan, Kim Joon and Nick Tate are also included in the cast, among others.

The trailer for the movie was released earlier this year, and for those who haven’t seen it yet, check this out!