The official website for the live-action Rurouni Kenshin films began streaming a new 67-second teaser trailer for this year's two sequel films with English subtitles on Thursday. The teaser features footage of Tatsuya Fujiwara as Makoto Shishio. The teaser proclaims, "His most insane [worst] enemy appears."
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:
1) Tao Tsuchiya as Misao Makimachi
2) Ryunosuke Kamiki as Sōjirō Seta
3) Yusuke Iseya as Aoshi Shinomori
4) 68-year-old Min Tanaka (Tekkonkinkreet, The Twilight Samurai, 47 Ronin remake) as Nenji Kashiwazaki/Okina
5) 47-year-old Kazufumi Miyazawa (The Boom music band) as Toshimichi Ōkubo
6) 12-year-old Kaito Ōyagi (Ninja Kids!!! Summer Mission Impossible) as Yahiko Myōjin
7) 25-year-old model Maryjun Takahashi as Yumi Komagata
6) 39-year-old Yukiyoshi Ozawa (Umi no Hotaru) as Hirobumi Itō
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.
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.
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glad the kyoto arc is getting two movies; this anime was my childhood!! i still can't believe they hired that guy from death note and battle royale as shishio. and yasssss, soujiro my fave _:(´□`」 ∠):_