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As if you hadn’t already noticed, we are going through a boom of films made from comic books or graphic novels. On the whole, they’re quite a popular choice for cinema goers and to that we say “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Next up is Rurouni Kenshin, which is based on the popular manga of the same name by Nobuhiro Watsuki; and tells the story of ex-assassin Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satô) who has made a vow never to kill again. Now a wandering samurai, Kenshin protects those in need in hope of reparation. Finding a home at a failing dojo, he becomes entangled in a string of murders related to a drug ring. His vow is put to the test when those he’s come to care about are threatened by his troubled and violent past…
With Rurouni Kenshin hitting the big screen on October 4th, »
- Phil Wheat
Rurouni Kenshin has debuted an exclusive new trailer on Digital Spy.
Takeru Satô stars as Himura Kenshin in the tale of a former assassin who is trying to build himself a life free from killing.
Set in 19th century Japan following the end of the era of warring shoguns, Rurouni Kenshin centres around the struggle of former warriors to find a place in the new world order.
As a vicious killer posing under his name stalks the street, Kenshin is drawn into the plot of a powerful and ruthless drug baron.
The movie is based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's acclaimed manga of the same name.
It became a surprise hit in Japan when it was released last summer.
Rurouni Kenshin will arrive in UK cinemas on October 4. »
Review Ryan Lambie 30 Sep 2013 - 06:07
A successful balance of swords and romance, Japanese samurai epic Rurouni Kenshin is well worth your time, Ryan writes...
Japanese cinema has a grand tradition of samurai movies, from Akira Kurosawa’s lauded classics like Rashomon to more recent entries like Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins. Rurouni Kenshin is a little different, however, in that it’s an action romance clearly aimed at a slightly younger audience. First published in 1994, Nobuhiro Watsuki’s original Manga was a hit among both male and female readers, resulting in successful anime adaptations, videogames, and now a live-action movie. Director Keishi Otomo adapts the story with flair, offering up a lavish period piece that’s as full of swooning romantic drama as it is katana-swinging violence.
A beautifully-staged opening battle in the mountains of Kyoto sets the scene: it’s 1868, and the forces of the Meiji government have defeated the military shogunate, »
Rurouni Kenshin has released a poster.
The artwork for the Japanese film shows star Takeru Satô swinging into action.
The actor plays Kenshin Himura, a former assassin who has sworn never to kill again.
Making his new home in a rundown dojo, he finds himself drawn into a string of murders perpetrated by a corrupt drug ring.
The movie is based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's acclaimed manga of the same name.
Rurouni Kenshin will be released on October 4 in the UK. Watch a trailer for the film below: »
Takeru Satō (Kamen Rider Den-o) stars as the eponymous lead, Himura Kenshin, with Emi Takei (Ai to Makoto) starring opposite as Kamiya Kaoru. The film has already racked up north of $60m. around the world, so things are definitely looking good ahead of its release here next month. And with just a few weeks left before it hits our shores, the new UK quad poster has been released, with Satō front and centre.
Ex-assassin Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satō) has made a vow never to kill again. Now a wandering samurai, Kenshin protects those in hope of reparation. Finding a home at a failing dojo run by Miss Kaoru (Emi Takei), he becomes entangled in a string of murders related »
- Kenji Lloyd
Directed by Keishi Ohtomo, Rurouni Kenshin is a live-action adaptation of the well-regarded manga written by Nobuhiro Watsuki and stars Takeru Satô as the titular character alongside Emi Takei, Yû Aoi, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yôsuke Eguchi, Munetaka Aoki and Kôji Kikkawa.
Ex-assassin Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satô) has made a vow never to kill again. Now a wandering samurai, Kenshin protects those in hope of reparation. Finding a home at a failing dojo run by Miss Kaoru (Emi Takei), he becomes entangled in a string of murders related to a drug ring run by the ruthless Kanryuu (Teruyuki Kagawa).
Rurouni Kenshin follows the story of a man avoiding violence – but will his vow be put to the test when those he loves are threatened by his troubled past?
Rurouni Kenshin is released in UK cinemas on October 4th. »
- Phil Wheat
Two new stills from the live-action Rurouni Kenshin sequels have been revealed through Kenshin Himura actor Takeru Satohv's official blog. Not one but Two sequels are set for release next summer titled, "Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire" and "Rurouni Kenshin: The End of a Legend". The two sequels 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. Satoh plays Kenshin Himura, Emi Takei returns as Kaoru Kamiya, Yusuke Iseya plays Aoshi Shinomori, Munetaka Aoki plays Sanosuke Sagara, Yuu Aoi co-stars as Megumi Takani, Ryunosuke Kamiki plays Sōjirō Seta, Yosuke Eguchi plays Hajime Saitō, Tatsuya Fujiwara plays Makoto Shishio, the venerable min Tanaka plays Nenji Kashiwazaki/Okina, Kazufumi Miyazawa plays Toshimichi Ōkubo, Yukiyoshi Ozawa plays Hirobumi Itō, Kaito Ōyagi plays Yahiko Myōjin, Maryjun Takahashi plays Yumi Komagata and Ryosuke Miura plays Chō Sawagejō. »
We talked up Rurouni Kenshin in July as part of our 50 Amazing Movies You've Probably Never Seen feature, with our only complaint being that it doesn't have a UK release slated. Well, now it does - October 4 - and we've got our hands on the UK exclusive poster, which features the movie's titular hero in full attack mode. You may know it by its anime name Samurai X, but Kenshin tells the story of an expert samurai who has sworn never to kill again after regretting his actions in a particularly bloody battle. But new enemies rise, and he...
- Sam Ashurst
Relative newcomer Tao Tsuchiya has been cast as Misao Makimachi in the two live-action sequels to Rurouni Kenshin. The two sequel films will deal with the Oniwabanshū and covers the Kyoto Arc of the original manga from Nobuhiro Watsuki. Tsuchiya is reportedly performing her own stunts in the film. She previously worked with the film's director, Keishi Ōtomo, on the historical action television series Ryōmaden. Previously, it was announced that Tatsuya Fujiwara (Light Yagami in Death Note) would portray Kenshin's chief rival, Shishio Makoto. Ryunosuke Kamiki (Big Man Japan, Summer Wars) will play Sōjirō Seta and Yusuke Iseya (Casshern, 13 Assassins) will play Aoshi Shinomori. The two sequel films will be released in Japanes theaters next summer. Related Content: 'Death Note' Actor Tatsuya Fujiwara Cast In 'Rurouni Kenshin' Sequel Films First Still From Live-Action 'Rurouni Kenshin' Sequel The Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Sequel Adds 6 »
Following the news that "Death Note" actor Tatsuya Fujiwara had joined the cast of the "Rurouni Kenshin" sequel as Shishio Makoto comes our first look at returning hero Himura Kenshin as played by Takeru Satoh via the star's official website. Next summer will see not one but two sequel films, "Rurouni Kenshin - The Kyoto Fire" and "Rurouni Kenshin - The Legend's Conclusion." The two sequels will look to adapt the "Kyoto Arc" of the original manga from Nobuhiro Watsuki. On his site, Fujiwara writes, "that the sequels will have twice as much as action as the first film." He adds that the cast and crew are working twice as hard this time around. Related Content: Rurouni Kenshin: Movie Review Awesome Second Trailer For Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Surprisingly Awesome First Trailer For Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin »
On the heels of our previous announcement that last summer's live-action "Rurouni Kenshin" film would be receiving two sequel films current set for release next summer comes fresh details about the film's villain. Actor Tatsuya Fujiwara, who portrayed Light Yagami in "Death Note" and Shuya Nanahara in "Battle Royale" will co-star as the insanely ferocious assassin Shishio Makoto in the sequel. The title of the two sequel films was also revealed, with the first sequel translating to "Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire Arc" and "Rurouni Kenshin: The End of a Legend Arc." Keishi Ōtomo returns to direct both feature films for Studio Swan. The film will tell the story of the fabled "Kyoto Arc" of the original Nobuhiro Watsuki's original manga. The remaining supporting cast from the first film are expected to return as well. Related Content: Rurouni Kenshin: Movie Review Awesome Second Trailer For Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin »
Thursday's edition of the "Jump Square" magazine has leaked online early. Within its pages is an announcement that two additional live-action "Rurouni Kenshin" films have been officially given the green light with the first set to premiere next summer. Both films will cover the Kyoto arc of Nobuhiro Watsuki's original manga, which sees Kenshin placed in circumstances that lead to a direct confrontation with the skilled swordsman who replaced him as the top assassin in the Ishin Shishi. Lead actor Takeru Satoh will return as Kenshin. No further details on any other returning cast members at the moment. The first film performed higher than expected, earning ~$70 million dollars on a very modest budget. Below, you can view a trailer from the first film that highlights the films fantastic fight choreography and swordplay. Related Content: Rurouni Kenshin: Movie Review Awesome Second Trailer For Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Surprisingly »
Watsuki Nobuhiro’s “Rurouni Kenshin” has long been one of the most loved manga in Japan, telling the story of the wandering pacifist samurai of the title and his many adventures. Known as “Samurai X” in the West, the manga has already been adapted across multiple formats, including a hugely popular anime series, several OVAs and audio books. Finally, it arrives on the big screen courtesy of writer Fujii Kiyomi (“L Change the World”) and director Otomo Keishi (“Taiga drama Ryomaden”) as a big budget live action film, with young television actor Sato Takeru (“Rookies”) as Kenshin. Also bringing the well-known roles from the comic to life are Takei Emi (“For Love’s Sake”), Aoi Yu (“Patisserie Coin de rue”) and Kagawa Teruyuki (“Kaiji 2”), with action choreography by Tanigaki Kenji, who previously worked with the one and only Donnie Yen on the likes of “Spl”, “Flashpoint” and “Wu Xia”. As »
- James Mudge
13 items from 2013
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