Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin's Misao Photographed on Set
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A photograph of Tao Tsuchiya (Tokyo Sonata) as Misao Makimachi in next summer's two live-action Rurouni Kenshin sequel films debuted on Thursday. Tsuchiya plays the popular female ninja from Nobuhiro Watsuki's original historical action manga in her first full-fledged action role.
Tsuchiya made her acting debut in the the 2008 film Tokyo Sonata. She said that she adored the works of Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen since she was a young spirited child, and she enjoyed Japanese dance and classical ballet since she was young. She was so ovewhelmed by the first live-action Rurouni Kenshin film last year that she would not get out of her theater seat, so she then decided to audition for the sequel films.
- Takeru Satoh as Kenshin Himura
- Emi Takei as Kaoru Kamiya
- Munetaka Aoki as Sanosuke Sagara
- Yū Aoi as Megumi Takani
- Yōsuke Eguchi as Hajime Saitō
- Tatsuya Fujiwara as Makoto Shishio
Ryunosuke Kamiki as Sōjirō Seta
Yusuke Iseya as Aoshi Shinomori
47-year-old Kazufumi Miyazawa (The Boom music band) as Toshimichi Ōkubo
39-year-old Yukiyoshi Ozawa (Umi no Hotaru) as Hirobumi Itō
25-year-old model Maryjun Takahashi as Yumi Komagata
The two new films, which will cover the Kyoto arc from Nobuhiro Watsuki's original historical action manga, will be titled Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire) and Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The End of a Legend). The films are slated to open next summer.
The first live-action Rurouni Kenshin film opened in Japan last year. The film starred Satoh and Takei (Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu, For Love's Sake/Ai to Makoto). It had its North American premiere in Los Angeles in December, and it played in San Francisco on August 1.
Watsuki's manga ran from 1994 to 1999 in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, and the creator also drew the Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration retelling in Jump Square that launched in May 2012 and ended this year.
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