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Kumamon Helps Promote Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Sequel's Filming Locations

posted on 2014-07-23 22:05 EDT
Specialty popcorn buckets will have images of Kumamon at film's iconic locations

Moviecollection reported on Friday that Kumamon will have a special collaboration with the upcoming live-action Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen film. Specialty popcorn buckets purchased at Aeon Cinema and 109Cinemas will feature images of Kumamon at specific set locations from Kumamoto prefecture.

The popcorn bucket includes images of Yamaga city's Yochiyoza Theatre, Uki city's Meiji-era courthouse and Mandakoh - previously Japan's largest coal mine - in Arao city. Kumamon will dress in the likeness of Kenshin at each of the locations.

Kumamon previously collaborated with the promotion of the live-action Rurouni Kenshin movies after an April Fools' Day joke.

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno) will open on August 1, followed by Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends) on September 13. The film is holding a promotional campaign in all 47 prefectures in Japan:

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:


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:

  • Ryōsuke Miura as Chō Sawagejō
  • Kenichi Takitō as Hōji Sadojima
  • Tomomi Maruyama as Anji Yūkyūzan
  • Matsu Murata as Usui Uonuma
  • Hiroko Yashiki as Kamatari Honjō
  • Yuuya Hara as Henya Kariwa
  • Takao Yamada as Iwanbō
  • Kentarō Shimazu as Saizuchi
  • Kōta Yamaguchi as Fuji

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 more than 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 drawing a new Rurouni Kenshin spinoff manga about Shishio.

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.

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


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