When it comes to samurai anime, few have topped the sword swinging action of “Rurouni Kenshin”, so when a live-action adaptation feature film was released recently, it certainly had a lot to live up to. Luckily it wasn’t “baka” at all, and had some of the best sword fights I’ve seen outside of a drunken Friday night on the Cape Flats. Fans around the world agreed and the film went on to do solid business at the box office, earning $61 million worldwide and becoming Japan’s 16th highest grossing film for 2012. That type of success obviously means one thing: sequel. Well, actually two things: two sequels, both set to be released this year, and here’s the first look at the first film, Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire.
Next summer’s live-action Rurouni Kenshin sequels, “Rurôni Kenshin: The Great Kyôto Fire arc” and “Rurôni Kenshin: The End of a Legend arc” will look to adapt the “Kyoto Arc” of the original manga from Nobuhiro Watsuki. Keishi Ōtomo returns to direct both feature films for Studio Swan.
Along with that trailer, which showcases titular star Takeru Satoh showing off much of the same cool swordplay established in the first film, some new pics have also been released showing the aforementioned Satoh, Ryunosuke Kamiki as Sojiro Seta, Kazufumi Miyazawa as Toshimichi Okubo and the Juppongatana (Ten Swords) led by Tatsuya Fujiwara’s bandaged swordsman, Makoto Shishio.
Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire will be released in Japan on August 1, 2014, and will be followed by its sequel, Rurouni Kenshin: The End of a Legend, just over a month later on September 13, 2014. Much like the first film, I doubt these will get a local release, so once again your best bet would be to wait for the home releases.
Last Updated: January 6, 2014