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Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Sequels' Photos Preview Aoshi vs. Okina Battle

posted on 2014-02-10 01:00 EST
Okina's Aoi-ya restaurant recreated in 2 weeks on Toei's Kyoto movie lot

The press visited the sets for this year's two live-action Rurouni Kenshin sequel films in late November, and previewed the scene when Aoshi Shinomori (played by Yusuke Iseya) fights Okina or Nenji Kashiwazaki (min Tanaka).

The production built Aoi-ya, Okina's two-story restaurant and inn from Nobuhiro Watsuki's original manga, in two weeks at Toei's Uzumasa lot in Kyoto. The crew recreated Aoi-ya in exacting detail down to the trees in the garden. In this set, Iseya and Tanaka realize the Aoshi vs. Okina battle, with a little help from wires.

Iseya, who played the rival Rikiishi Tōru in the boxing manga film Ashita no Joe and the title character in the live-action Casshern film, did not train his body much for this new role, which he described as "unrelenting." Tanaka has performed as a dancer, and he compared the two disciplines: "In dancing, unlike in fighting, the only enemy is yourself. To take in and react to an opponent's moves with your own moves, that was very novel for me." Despite their fierce in-character fighting, the two expressed respect and admiration for each other, and Iseya added that it was an honor to perform with Tanaka. Director Keishi Ōtomo said he looked forward to filming this battle between the "history's strongest 68-year-old, Min-san, and Iseya-san who is 40 years old — give or take a few years," early on.

Comic Natalie posted more photographs from the shooting of the scene.

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

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

The cast of the Juppongatana (Ten Swords), a group of elite swordsmen led by Shishio (played by Tatsuya Fujiwara), include:

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 57 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.

Source: Comic Natalie

Images © Nobuhiro Watsuki/Shueisha © 2014 Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen/Densetsu no Saigo-hen Production Committee


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