The film is based Maurice Leblanc’s “L’aiguille Creuse”, known as “The Hollow Needle: The Further Adventures of Arsène Lupin” in English, but the characters and locations have been changed to fit a Japanese setting.
Arsène Lupin is a “gentleman thief” character which attained a level of popularity and longevity in French-speaking countries comparable to Sherlock Holmes in English-speaking countries. He’s also mentioned as the grandfather of the main character of the Lupin III manga and anime series.
In the film, a celebrity’s secretary is murdered, and a discrepancy in the testimonies of the people involved leads to utter confusion about what actually occurred. Meanwhile a female college student and amateur sleuth (Sayuri Iwata) discovers a mysterious cypher written on a piece of paper. She attempts to track down Lupin (Koichi Yamadera) for guidance on the cypher, but continues to be baffled.
“Kiganjo of Lupin” will be released by Kaerucafe in Japan on May 7, 2011.