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The official channel for the live-action Rurouni Kenshin films began streaming a 30-second teaser trailer for next summer's two sequel films on Friday. The teaser features brief footage of Tatsuya Fujiwara as Makoto Shishio.
The trailer notes that the popular original manga has 57 million copies in circulation. After playing in 64 countries and 31 international film festivals, the live-action film's cast and staff return — with two more films. The tagline for the films reads, "Can you see the future? Could you prepare yourself?"
The films star:
Tao Tsuchiya as Misao Makimachi
Ryunosuke Kamiki as Sōjirō Seta
Yusuke Iseya as Aoshi Shinomori
47-year-old Kazufumi Miyazawa (The Boom music band) as Toshimichi Ōkubo
39-year-old Yukiyoshi Ozawa (Umi no Hotaru) as Hirobumi Itō
25-year-old model Maryjun Takahashi as Yumi Komagata
26-year-old Ryōsuke Miura (Kamen Rider OOO) as Chō Sawagejō
The two new films, which will cover the Kyoto arc from Nobuhiro Watsuki's original historical action manga, will be titled Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire) and Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The End of a Legend). The films are slated to open next summer.
The first live-action Rurouni Kenshin film opened in Japan last year. The film starred Satoh and Takei (Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu, For Love's Sake/Ai to Makoto). It had its North American premiere in Los Angeles in December, and it played in San Francisco on August 1.
Watsuki's manga ran from 1994 to 1999 in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, and the creator also drew the Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration retelling in Jump Square that launched in May 2012 and ended this year.
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.