GKIDS and Fathom Events Bring the Latest Installment of the Historic Franchise to Select U.S. Cinemas in Japanese and English Language Dub

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 Cagliostro (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 FathomEvents.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.



GKIDS is the producer and distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2010, the company has scored an astounding eleven Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, Ernest & Celestine in 2014, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea in 2015, Boy and the World and When Marnie Was There in 2016, My Life as a Zucchini in 2017, The Breadwinner in 2018, and Mirai in 2019.  GKIDS also handles North American distribution for the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others.  GKIDS recently launched ANIMATION IS FILM, an annual LA-based film festival. ANIMATION IS FILM embraces the highest aspirations of animation as a cinematic art form and is a vocal advocate for filmmakers who push the boundaries of their work to the fullest range of expression that the medium is capable of.



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About TMS Entertainment:
TMS Entertainment (better known as TMS) is one of the world's largest and most distinguished animation studios.  TMS has won recognition from the international filmmaking industry for its highly-acclaimed animation, pioneering techniques and proud commitment to quality.  With a dedicated team of development, production and design executives, TMS's growing reputation is reflected by the versatility, artistry and originality of the programs the company has produced for international markets worldwide.

Established in 1964, TMS has produced more than 200 features, and over 100 TV program series, with a total of 12,000 half hours for global distribution. TMS programs have attained worldwide recognition and continue to strive for excellence.

WEBSITE: www.tmsanime.com

TWITTER: http://Twitter.com/tmsanime

FACEBOOK: http://Facebook.com/animetms


About Fathom Events

Fathom is a recognized leader in the entertainment industry as one of the top distributors of content to movie theaters in North America. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC); Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK); and Regal Cinemas, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE.L)., Fathom operates the largest cinema distribution network, delivering a wide variety of programming and experiences to cinema audiences in all of the top U.S. markets and to more than 45 countries. For more information, visit www.FathomEvents.com.



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