Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Films' 'Final Chapter' Wraps Filming
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Warner Bros. Japan announced on Friday that the 'final chapter' of the live-action film series based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga finished principal photography on June 7. Filming began on November 4, and eventually the seven-month production shot in 43 locations, including in Kyoto, Nara, Shiga, Mie, Hyōgo, Kumamoto, Hiroshima, Tochigi, Saitama, Shizuoka, Osaka, and Nagano Prefectures.
Watsuki drew a shikishi sketch with a message for the lead actor Takeru Satoh: "Thank you for playing Kenshin!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!"
The final chapter consists of two films that will debut in summer 2020. The first part covers Jūji Kizu no Nazo (Mystery of the Cross-Shaped Scar), and the second part is Saikyō no Teki・Enishi (Most Terrifying Enemy - Enishi).
Takeru Satoh is reprising his role as Kenshin Himura, and Keishi Ōtomo is returning to direct the films.
A report about actress Emi Takei, who plays Kaoru Kamiya in the films, had revealed in September 2017 that a new live-action film adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin was planned.
The first live-action Rurouni Kenshin film opened in 2012 in Japan, while the first two sequels opened in August and September 2014. The films collectively grossed more that US$160 million internationally. Funimation screened all three films in United States theaters in August, September, and October 2016, respectively.