GKIDS Announces Theatrical Release Date for LUPIN III: THE FIRST

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NEW YORK (September 28, 2020) – GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, with TMS Entertainment and Fathom Events announced today that they will bring LUPIN III: THE FIRST, the latest standalone adventure in the storied “LUPIN THE 3RD” franchise, to select cinemas nationwide for two nights only, on October 18th and 21st. Fans who are looking forward to viewing the film at home can also anticipate the film arriving to home entertainment platforms later this year, with a date to be announced shortly.

The “LUPIN THE 3RD” franchise, from original creator Monkey Punch, began in 1967 and has spanned a variety of manga, TV, game, theme park ride, and musical adaptations, including The Castle of Cagliosstro (1979), the feature film debut from the acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki. An official selection at the 2020 Annecy Film Festival, the highly anticipated film marks the first installment in CGI for the lauded animated franchise.

The all new English language dub film will feature the voices of Tony Oliver, Doug Erholtz, Michelle Ruff, Richard Epcar, and Lex Lang returning to their roles within the franchise, and Laurie C. Hymes, J. David Brimmer, and Paul Guyet joining the cast for this latest adventure.

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 full feature, audiences will view a special intro with director Takashi Yamazaki. Tickets are available now at LupinIIITheFirst.com and participating theater box offices.


The iconic “gentleman thief” Lupin III returns in an action-packed, continent-spanning adventure, as Lupin III 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.

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