Lupin III: The First director on why Miyazaki and anime purists may never embrace CG

Takashi Yamazaki has the eyes, ears, and heart of a live-action filmmaker. But while his career took off with an actor-filled adaptation of the manga Always: Sunset on Third Street, in recent years, he’s turned to anime with films like Stand by Me Doraemon and Dragon Quest: Your Story to scratch a different itch. Like Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis before him, animation — specifically high-production, 3D CGI that’s familiar to global audiences — unlocked his ability to do … well, pretty much anything. And when you want to make high-flying blockbusters, the option is hard to resist.

Yamazaki’s new film finds the director back in the CG lane, but with a character best known for his
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