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‘Lupin III: The First’ Coming to Select Theaters October 18 and 21

The iconic anime superstar is back in the highly anticipated 3D/CG animated feature; coming to home entertainment platforms soon…but not soon enough!

GKIDS, TMS Entertainment and Fathom Events have finally announced the release date of Lupin III: The First, the highly anticipated latest standalone adventure in the storied Lupin the 3rd franchise. The film will screen at cinemas nationwide for two nights only, on October 18 and October 21. The film will arrive on home entertainment platforms later this year, with a date to be announced shortly.

The fun-loving criminal has been entertaining audiences in countless animated TV series, movies, musicals(!) and two live-action features since 1967 when the adventures of Lupin III and his friends were first published in Manga Action, as drawn by original creator Monkey Punch. The property’s first film, Lupin III: The Mystery of Mamo (1978), was followed by Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979), the first feature film from director Hayao Miyazaki.

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GKIDS and Fathom Events will present Lupin III: The First on Sunday, October 18 (English dubbed) and Wednesday, October 21 (English subtitled). GKIDS will open the feature theatrically in select markets starting October 23.

At Fathom Events screenings, in addition to the feature, audiences will view a special intro with director Takashi Yamazaki. Tickets are available now at and participating theater box offices.


In Lupin III: The First, the iconic gentleman thief, Lupin III, returns in an action-packed, continent-spanning adventure, as he and his colorful underworld companions race to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Bresson Diary, before it falls into the hands of a dark cabal that will stop at nothing to resurrect the Third Reich. The gang undertakes trap-filled tombs, aerial escapades and daring prison escapes with the trademark wit and visual finesse that have made Lupin The 3rd one of the most storied animation franchises in the world, in a thrilling new caper that is sure to delight fans old and new.

Source: GKIDS