I fully admit I haven’t had the opportunity to see the first Rurouni Kenshin film that became a film festival favorite back in 2012 before a sequel was greenlit. So hopefully I will get around to that as the hype continues to build for the new films that are well on their way this year. And not for nothing either, as the sequels are becoming more and more anticipated by fans of the original manga/anime properties, and of the chambara film genre with a teaser already online as of late last year, and a new full length trailer which finally arrived this week which you can check out below.
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Sources at Anime News Network forwarded a new photo from Comic Natalie announcing that principal photography has officially wrapped for director Keishi Otomo‘s forthcoming second and third installments of the live-action Rurouni Kenshin Trilogy, following the release of the first film in 2012. The news comes as a fresh new teaser and set pictures and stills for both sequels, Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire Arc and Rurouni Kenshin: The End Of A Legend Arc have already made their way online, including a new photo highlighting the elite swordsmen known as the “Jupponagata” (Ten Swords), headlined by the main villain, Makoto Shshio, played by actor Tatsuya Fujiwara, which you can view below.
Based on the work of manga author Nobuhiro Watsuki, Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire Arc and Rurouni Kenshin: The End Of A Legend Arc will star Fujiwara opposite actor Takeru Satoh returning for the title role in both films. Other cast members, returning and new, include Emi Takei, Yusuke Iseya, Munetaka Aoki and Yuu Aoi and Yosuke Eguchi, with Min Tanaka, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Kaito Oyagi, Maryjun Takahashi, Ryosuke Miura and Lisa Ulliel.
Both films are on track to release theatrically in Japan on their respective dates set for August 1, 2014 and September 13, 2014, courtesy of Warner Bros. Japan.
Check out the most recent teaser below. Click HERE for the English-subbed version.
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