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New Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Sequel Image Previews Juppongatana

posted on 2013-12-31 18:00 EST
2 films covering manga's Kyoto Arc to open in August & September

The official website of the two live-action Rurouni Kenshin sequel films has posted a new image still featuring all of the members of the Juppongatana (Ten Swords), a group of elite swordsmen led by Makoto Shishio (played by Tatsuya Fujiwara).

The cast of the Juppongatana include:

The website also reveals that Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire) will open in Japan on August 1, and Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The End of a Legend) will open on September 13. Both films had originally been slated to open next summer.

The two new films will cover the Kyoto arc from Nobuhiro Watsuki's original historical action manga.

The films star:

Additional cast members include:


Tao Tsuchiya as Misao Makimachi


Ryunosuke Kamiki as Sōjirō Seta


Yusuke Iseya as Aoshi Shinomori


68-year-old min Tanaka (Tekkonkinkreet, The Twilight Samurai, 47 Ronin remake) as Nenji Kashiwazaki/Okina


47-year-old Kazufumi Miyazawa (The Boom music band) as Toshimichi Ōkubo


39-year-old Yukiyoshi Ozawa (Umi no Hotaru) as Hirobumi Itō


12-year-old Kaito Ōyagi (Ninja Kids!!! Summer Mission Impossible) as Yahiko Myōjin


25-year-old model Maryjun Takahashi as Yumi Komagata

Taketo Tanaka played Yahiko in the first live-action Rurouni Kenshin film.

The first live-action Rurouni Kenshin film opened in Japan last year. 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 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.

Sources: animeanime.jp, Comic Natalie, Eiga.com


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