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1st Rurouni Kenshin Sequel Earns Best Opening Among 2014 Japanese Live-Action Films

posted on 2014-08-05 03:15 EDT
Kyoto Inferno sells 645,086 for 822 million yen in 1st 3 days

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen), the first of two live-action Rurouni Kenshin sequel films, opened nationwide in Japan on Friday. In three days, it sold 645,086 tickets for 822,734,430 yen (about US$8 million). In the process, it garnered the biggest opening of any Japanese live-action film this year.

Most films open in Japan on Saturday, not Friday. For comparison's sake, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno sold 433,346 tickets for 592,230,000 yen (US$5.8 million) on 439 screens from Saturday to Sunday. Since the first of the month is "service day" for discounted tickets in many Japanese theaters, more people saw the movie on Friday than usual (for a weekday). The movie sold 211,740 tickets for 230,499,400 yen (US$2.2 million) on Friday.

The film's distributor anticipates that this sequel will outdo the first live-action Rurouni Kenshin film and eventually top 4 billion yen (US$40 million). The first film just aired during the "Friday Road-Show!" timeslot on Japanese television on August 1 and earned a 16.3% rating.

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno will open in The Philippines — the first Asian country outside Japan — on August 6. The second sequel, Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends), will then open in Japan on September 13.

The sequels 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 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.

Source: animeanime.jp

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


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