[size=20]Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Sequels’ Trailer Recaps 1st Film[/size]
*posted on 2014-06-05 08:00 EDT]
Review of 1st film premieres before new films open August 1 & September 13
The official YouTube channel for the live-action Rurouni Kenshin films began streaming a five-minute recap video for the first film before its sequels open in Japan in August and September. The video features new footage from the upcoming films near the end of the trailer.
The two new films will cover the Kyoto arc from Nobuhiro Watsuki’s original historical action manga. Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno) will open in Japan on August 1, and Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends) will open on September 13. Principal photography on the two films ended on December 27 after six months of filming.
The sequels will feature the return of the following cast members:
• Takeru Satoh as Kenshin Himura
• Emi Takei as Kaoru Kamiya
• Munetaka Aoki as Sanosuke Sagara
• Yuu Aoi as Megumi Takani
• Yosuke Eguchi as Hajime Saitō
Additional cast members include:
[details=Tao Tsuchiya as Misao Makimachi]
[details=Ryunosuke Kamiki as Sōjirō Seta]
[details=Yusuke Iseya as Aoshi Shinomori]
[details=68-year-old min Tanaka (Tekkonkinkreet, The Twilight Samurai, 47 Ronin remake) as Nenji Kashiwazaki/Okina]
[details=47-year-old Kazufumi Miyazawa (The Boom music band) as Toshimichi Ōkubo]
[details=39-year-old Yukiyoshi Ozawa (Umi no Hotaru) as Hirobumi Itō]
[details=12-year-old Kaito Ōyagi (Ninja Kids!!! Summer Mission Impossible) as Yahiko Myōjin]
[details=25-year-old model Maryjun Takahashi as Yumi Komagata]
The cast of the Juppongatana (Ten Swords), a group of elite swordsmen led by Shishio (played by Tatsuya Fujiwara), include:
• Ryōsuke Miura as Chō Sawagejō
• Kenichi Takitō as Hōji Sadojima
• Tomomi Maruyama as Anji Yūkyūzan
• Matsu Murata as Usui Uonuma
• Hiroko Yashiki as Kamatari Honjō
• Yuuya Hara as Henya Kariwa
• Takao Yamada as Iwanbō
• Kentarō Shimazu as Saizuchi
• Kōta Yamaguchi as Fuji
Taketo Tanaka played Yahiko in the first live-action Rurouni Kenshin film. Director Keishi Ōtomo (Ryōmaden) returned from the first film along with character costume designer Kazuhiro Sawataishi.
The first live-action Rurouni Kenshin film opened in Japan in 2012. The film had its North American premiere in Los Angeles in December 2012.
Watsuki’s manga ran from 1994 to 1999 in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine and sold over 58 million copies. The creator also drew the Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration retelling that launched in Jump Square magazine in May 2012 and ended last year. He is now planning a new Rurouni Kenshin spinoff manga about enemy characters. The two-chapter manga, titled Honō wo Suberu -Rurouni Kenshin: Uramaku- (Controlling Flame -Rurouni Kenshin: Hidden Chapter-), will tell the story of how Shishio Makoto and Yumi Komagata met.
An anime series aired in Japan from 1996 to 1998 and spawned several anime film and video projects. Viz Media publishes both manga in North America, while Media Blasters released the television anime. ADV Films released two later original video anime projects and a film on DVD, and Aniplex released these three titles on Blu-ray Disc. Sentai Filmworks released the two more recent video anime series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, which also covered the Kyoto arc.