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Madman Entertainment licenses Rurouni Kenshin live-action film

posted on by Jon Hayward
Acquisition announcement made during Madman Panel at AVCon, Adelaide's anime convention.

Rurouni Kenshin (live-action) is based on the manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki and follows the life of roving samurai Himura Kenshin through the early Meiji era as he protects the people of Japan.

Currently there are no dates set for the release of Rurouni Kenshin (live-action) but a theatrical run is currently planned for some point in the future. While it will not appear as a part of upcoming Reel Anime run, Madman Entertainment is the first distributor to announce the license out side of Japan.

Keishi Ōtomo is directing the samurai film with 22-year-old actor Takeru Satoh (Kamen Rider Den-O, Rookies, Beck, Ryōmaden) as the titular character. 17-year-old actress Emi Takei plays the heroine Kaoru Kamiya. Yū Aoi (Hana and Alice, Honey and Clover) plays Megumi Takani, Munetaka Aoki (The Last Message Umizaru, live-action The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) plays Sanosuke Sagara, and Taketo Tanaka plays Yahiko Myōjin. Kouji Kikkawa (Let's Dance With Papa) as Jine Udō, Yosuke Eguchi (Shōnan Bakusōzoku, Tokyo Love Story) as Hajime Saitō, and Teruyuki Kagawa (From Up On Poppy Hill, 20th Century Boys) as Kanryū Takeda round out the cast.

The film will open in Japan on August 25.

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