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Erin Watches Arsène Lupin August 8, 2011

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In an effort to keep more up-to-date with other retooled Victorian-lit heroes than I am with Sherlock Holmes, I got ahold of a copy of the recent Arsène Lupin film. (Yes, it’s from 2004, but if there’s an English-language fandom I haven’t seen it.)

Sidenote: Are there Lupin-Holmes crossovers? Fandom ones, that is; I know about the canon ones. What about Sherlock fics that bring in modern!Lupin as a character? In particular, what about Sherlock-Lupin III crossovers? If anyone can rec me any of the above, but in particular a Sherlock-Lupin III crossover, I swear, I will get you a pony.

The movie’s common genes with Lupin III were evident; you can see how much the anime didn’t just take the name, but paid attention to the source. Although I gotta say, the parts where Lupin is wearing a full-head mask that changes the shape of his face without ever looking unnatural are a lot more impressive in live-action.

Trouble was, I wound up with a version of the film without subtitles. Rather than try to track down a subbed version, I decided to lean on my (t)rusty knowledge of French and follow along as best I could. It’s kind of the kaitou version of a mindless action movie, so most parts weren’t too hard to follow. Others…were hilariously baffling.

So I capped the whole thing and took notes. Now you, too, can enjoy my confused attempts to hang to the plot, and the general prettiness and excitement inherent in stealing jewelry, jumping out of windows, and making things blow up.

Notes: Contains just over 300 screencaps (collected in this ZIP file). The brightness and contrast is all over the place, because sometimes I had VLC Player turned up so I could make out what was going on and then didn’t turn it down for well-lit scenes. Also, some of these are NSFW, and others are bloody and/or fire-y, and live-action makes the scene of a character peeling off his face a lot more creepy. Proceed at your own risk.

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The opening is cute, although I hadn’t started screencapping by this point. There’s a dashing young man teaching a kid to box. At first I figured “aw, Lupin’s good with kids!”…and then someone yelled “Arsène!” and the kid looked up. Ahhh.

Some people showed up and tried to arrest ickle!Lupin’s dad, but he and the kid get away…and ickle!Lupin manages to snag a bit of jewelry in the process. Good kid.

Fifteen years later…

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Lupin’s on a boat, ogling all the pretty jewelry the women have on.

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He’s so dapper.

A maid drops a tray with a crash, and one of the more senior staff drags her belowdeck to berate her…

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…so Lupin sidles down after and drop-kicks the guy. Smooth.

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There’s some fast-talking (including a fake name, delivered with perfect seriousness), presumably about how important he is. Staff guy backs off. Lupin flirts with the waitress, because he can.

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He then goes back upstairs and proceeds to swipe a ton of jewelry off of women’s necks while flirting with them. When the first person notices a missing necklace, there’s a brief flurry of uproar and panic; Lupin then calls the party to order, announces that the police have been called and the thief will surely be caught, and urges everyone to go back to dancing.

They do.

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After all that, of course, Lupin manages a spectacular flop while making his exit, tripping on the stairs and strewing necklaces everywhere. There’s a brief chase, which ends when Lupin escapes by diving into the water, and the authorities probably figure he can’t possibly escape. (Hint: he does.)

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The next scene sees Lupin in what appears to be a Catholic hospital/hospice, which he gets into wearing a false uniform and flirting with a pretty nun/nurses. (They appear to have a prior relationship.) His aging mother is here; they have a brief conversation. Police show up looking for Lupin, throwing their weight around and tearing aside curtains to disturb the patients; when they show up at Mom’s bed (with Lupin hiding underneath), she jumps to her feet and throws herself at them.

She then has a heart attack, collapses on the floor beside the bed, and dies. The familiar nun/nurse gets to her, feels for a pulse (making eye contact with Lupin during this time), and closes Mom’s eyes.

Poor Lupin.

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Next up: Lupin practicing fencing, with a pretty woman (the nun/nurse? Henceforth she is The Pretty One) looking on. Is the other fencer The Pretty One’s dad? Would seem thematically appropriate. Anyway, Lupin fakes like he’s not that great, lets his foil get stolen, then starts pulling dodge and grab moves. It’s all very impressive.

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Later, he steals The Pretty One’s necklace while making out with her, just to prove that he can.

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He fastens it back on after, though. Because he’s classy like that.

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At night…something with intrigue is going on. Right at this point, a nightmare drags our hero out of bed and provides an excuse for Gratuitous Naked Lupin.

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Something about a cross. And the woman who tried to steal it, who is accused of being a witch (henceforth referred to as The Countess). She gets some awesome facial expressions.

Something happens to the cardinal’s legs, which they freak out over as if The Countess caused it.

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Then some people try to dump her body in the ocean. Lupin to the rescue! He hides her in a barn, where they have some sexily intense conversation.

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Oh, and some guy (henceforth The Detective) sets the cardinal on fire and pushes him out a window. WHAT.

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Lupin has a conversation with The Pretty One before going off on whatever adventure he’s just gotten himself into. She gives him a Locket Of Plot Significance before he goes, containing a photo (her? her mom? It’s identifiable, anyway).

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We then get this awesome extended scene where Lupin basically hacks a moving train. Sneaks in, sneaks around, is always nose-deep in a newspaper or buried in animated conversation when official-looking people come buy, talks/flirts briefly with a nice young woman and gets her to fake a seizure to distract the officials while he sneaks into a private compartment and steals the cross.

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He then climbs up on the roof of the car and runs forward, which would have worked perfectly if the people inside hadn’t heard.

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The Detective shows up while Lupin’s trying to unhook the cars, sticks a gun in Lupin’s face, and says, “Who are you? You have ten seconds.” Lupin, sensibly, responds by punching him.

There is a dramatic struggle! Lupin wins.

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Having successfully hacked the train, Lupin goes on to hack Notre-Dame de Paris.

No, seriously. He gets this rigging hooked up, waits for a (different) cardinal to pass by with a (different…matching?) cross, and does a Spider-Man swing to snag the thing out of midair.

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Did I mention the Pope was there?

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Lupin is hazardous to windows in this movie.

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The Countess has spent this whole time lurking in the background. She sneaks out and organizes the getaway carriage, which Lupin hops into while moving, under a hail of gunfire from The Detective. Alas: he drops the Locket.

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Post-criminal conversation between Lupin and The Countess gets intense.

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Oh, but Lupin did actually get shot. Time for him to collapse from the bullet wound in his side.

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The Detective has used the necklace to track down The Pretty One, and is making creepy threats. Something to do with her father. Also, extra creepiness.

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When Lupin wakes up, everything’s fuzzy at first, but he works out that The Countess and The Henchman In The Iron Mask are taking care of him.

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The Countess has a pair of crosses (the two he stole? Or one of them plus a replica of it?), one of which she holds in the flame of a torch before showing him:

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SHE’S A RINGWRAITH.

Ahem.

They flirt and talk some more, while The Henchman feeds him oysters.

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Then they go out gambling…where she spends the whole game eyeing various articles of finery worn by other women around the table, and he snags them all off their owners and puts them on her while the game is still going on. It helps that she has a big fan to hide her face at key points, but still.

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He then takes her to his hotel room and takes ’em off in private.

(Or rather, they head back to The Countess’ lush houseboat.)

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Come morning, The Henchman drags Lupin out of bed, hauls him up on deck, and starts a knife fight, for no reason I could quite figure out.

Lupin gets the knife from him (naturally) and wins (naturally); he also gets the Iron Mask off, revealing…part of The Henchman’s skull is a horrible wreck. The Countess stops the fight — “That’s enough, Arsène!” — and gives The Henchman some first aid. I guess this was Lupin passing a test or something? Either way, they’re all friends again.

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Not so with The Detective, who gets Lupin to meet him in a lighthouse and says cryptic things, including “I knew your father.” Something about accomplices. The Countess and The Henchman are both in residence; it ends with The Detective getting a knife in his back from The Henchman, shooting The Countess, and getting thrown out a window.

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There’s a lot of fire.

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Back on the houseboat, some bloody first aid scenes.

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Also, Lupin has the dream again, but this time The Countess is in it.

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But there’s no time to worry about that now…

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…because they’re in Paris! And they’re off to hack the Louvre.

Lupin gets to wear the world’s stupidest glasses, and looks over them to make eyes at a group of young women (is that The Pretty One among them, or did I imagine it?) (either way, The Countess is not pleased).

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There’s a third cross here, being studied.

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The plan is to sneak in after hours, using the “lost damsel in distress” disguise…

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…and that’s no damsel; that’s Lupin.

Complete, I will point out, with earrings.

And mustache.

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That’s right, folks, Lupin will do flawless drag WITHOUT SHAVING and no one will suspect a thing because that is how Lupin rolls.

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This hack, unfortunately, does not go as planned. The guy who was studying the cross is dead now, his blood used to write “LUPIN” on the display cases. CREEPY.

On the roof, Lupin is cornered by The Detective (wait, so was that a different guy in the lighthouse? Or is he as much a pro at Surviving High Falls Into Water as Lupin is?), wielding a cross and a gun…and a story.

He drags Lupin down to the art gallery…and…oh, look who’s in all the pictures.

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There’s a dramatic “You naïve fool, she’s using you!” confrontation.

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Back on the houseboat, Lupin’s makeout session is somewhat distracted.

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The Countess decides to spice things up, first with a bit of knifeplay, then with surprise!handcuffs. Some kind of incense puts Lupin to sleep; he wakes up in handcuffs, with The Henchman watching over him.

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Meanwhile, the newspapers have picked up word of a murder at the Louvre, with Lupin as the primary suspect. The Pretty One learns about this, and promptly faints.

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Lupin eventually gets away, and bumbles into some kind of secure vault, where he pulls an “I’m going to count to ten” until this poor gentleman tells him which safe the latest cross is in.

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Once he has the information, Lupin hands the guy the gun. It wasn’t loaded.

He then retrieves the cross, and uses it to knock the guy out. Hee.

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It also came with this shiny necklace…

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Elsewhere, The Countess pulls a hypnotism trick on The Detective, which for some reason involves her appearing as a black woman. Lupin overhears and sorts out her plan.

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The Countess later ends up at the same set of vaults, where she is not so kind to the guard; she just slits his throat and goes about her business.

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The Pretty One finishes praying in a chapel and heads out onto the street, where she gets threatened by a random dude with a scar and rescued by a Mysterious Gentleman.

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He invites her to a masked ball; they head out dancing.

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Turns out the hypnotized Detective is also wandering around here, while The Countess shows up slightly later, waving her fan.

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At some point Lupin’s shiny necklace appears on The Pretty One’s neck, getting just about everyone’s attention.

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Some random guy catches her on the stairs later, surprised that it vanished. She doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

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Up another set of stairs, the Countess finds the Mysterious Gentleman, in company of the necklace. She demands to know who he is; he replies “Someone who loves you.” They have a fight anyway. He comes away bleeding.

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Shouldn’t have left the Pretty One alone: she gets accosted by this dude, who drags her into a bed and announces that she’s going to be his wife now.

Mysterious Gentleman to the rescue once more!

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She tries to lead him away, looking for someone to treat his wounds. He urges her to stop and close the doors.

Once they’re in private…he rips off his face.

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That’s right, folks. It’s been Lupin all along.

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After a brief and harried reunion, Lupin confronts the still-mesmerized Detective, whom he suddenly remembers from this recurring flashback-dream deal. (It’s his father??) There’s a fight, much of which they spend stumbling away from each other while clutching various body parts, but Lupin gets away with the cross.

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The police, meanwhile, are on the case, having found his Mysterious Gentleman wig.

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The Countess tries to get away. Knifes some guy in the throat on the way out, too. It’s no use; the police catch her.

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Lupin manages a few moments alone with The Pretty One, including a kiss, before the police catch up.

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Cue the dashing escape, including leaping from great heights, kicking some guy off a carriage, driving the team away through a hail of bullets, and making it onto a lone horse just in time to ride it out of the gate while the burning carriage crashes into the bars.

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The police do, briefly, detain The Pretty One, although they don’t have anything to charge her with. The Detective defends her: “She was protecting the father of her child.”

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Meanwhile, back in the Fortress of Maskitude…

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…Lupin fiddles with the crosses, and discovers that they change shape, and come together to form a larger shape. They’re like Voltron!

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Lupin, still sporting a dashing cheek wound, heads off to some nice cafe. The Henchman is there too, as are The Detective and The Countess, now lurking together.

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The Henchman has this suitcase, which he decides to use to blow up the cafe. (I missed the rationale for this. But then, I’ve missed the rationale for most of what The Henchman does.)

Lots of blood and fire and screaming, most of which I decided not to cap.

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Lupin is inside, wounded. The Countess swoops in and commandeers The Henchman to haul him out.

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Back on the boat: more knifeplay! The Countess tries to pull her hypnosis trick on Lupin, and slips something in his drink (powder from that massive ring she’s got on). He tosses most of the liquid in a plant while she’s not looking, then fakes fainting.

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Oh, and did I mention? She has The Pretty One.

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Fake-hypnotized Lupin leads The Countess and The Detective down through a series of creepy skull-filled catacombs. All with this magnificently doofy smile on his face.

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He then pulls a switch and ends up leaving them stuck behind bars.

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Back on the houseboat, Lupin talks The Henchman into believing it’s time to set off the “self-destruct the boat to hide the evidence” sequence. Which he does.

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Lupin escapes in the nick of time, with The Pretty One in tow.

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And, okay, this guy died. I must have missed something, because at this point I have no idea who he’s even supposed to be. But somehow Lupin knows that hidden inside his glass eye (ew)…

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…is the final key to using the crosses.

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When placed on a map so that they line up with key points, this little doohickey pops out, pointing to a certain island.

(This is an awfully complex treasure-hiding scheme, I gotta say. What guarantees that a printed map of the exact same size and dimensions would even still be in existence by the time the next person united the crosses and wanted to use them?)

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Lupin heads to the island! The scenery is quite nice. And if you put the crosses in the rock face, they show you the way.

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Inside the island, we find the Temple of Doom:

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Turns out The Detective has followed Lupin there. He promptly starts shooting things. Turns out, when you shoot some places in the cave, they’re like piñatas, except that instead of candy they are full of jewels.

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The Detective is pretty impressed. “Lupin! You’re the world’s richest rat!”

They then proceed to have a dramatic cliffside confrontation, as you do.

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It looks pretty dodgy there for a while. But Lupin wins. The other guy falls into the water, and given this film’s track record that doesn’t sound like much of a victory, but for once it seems like he’s not coming back.

Oh, and The Countess was in jail, where she fake-hangs herself. It lures the guard in so she can escape, after taking him out with her knees of steel.

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So, okay, it seems like we’ve got everything tied up, right? Our sexy antiheroine is free once more. Meanwhile, Lupin’s got the treasure. He’s beaten the guy who was chasing him. He’s got the girl. And, as we are about to see, he’s got an adorable chubby kid to snuggle with.

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Not only that, he still has an ongoing thievery business! Now with henchmen of his own (including the guy with the scar he recruited earlier in the movie). He makes a great haul at this pretty blonde lady’s house, and flirts with her on the way out.

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Which of course makes this a great time for The Countess to swoop in while Lupin’s away, steal the baby, shoot The Pretty One, and never be seen again. Right? OF COURSE.

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Oh, movie. I was so ready to love you, and then you pulled a last-minute fridging for no reason at all.

Anyway, Lupin burns these official papers he had, gets his disguise mojo back, and hits the road.

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Cut to umpty-something years later. Lupin is older, he’s hanging with the blonde, and I am past caring, because seriously, why was this not a whole separate movie?

A prequel, even. Arsène Lupin, First Class: Thievery Adventures While Flirting With This Blonde Lady (And Plenty Of Others), Before Settling Down With The Pretty One And Their Kid And Living Happily Ever After. I’d watch it.

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And then he spots The Countess.

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Who is now making out with his son. Augh.

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Anyway, there’s another suitcase bomb and Lupin throws it in the air and I am beyond caring about what any of this even means. Come on, movie, you were doing so well, and then it’s like you threw up your hands and said “Lupin can’t have nice things, so, screw it, we’re tearing down everything we built up.”

So that was Arsène Lupin. Highly entertaining movie, as long as you pretend the last ten minutes don’t exist, which is how I plan to remember it. (Could have used more Goemon, but oh well, you can’t have everything.)

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