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"Rurouni Kenshin" aka "Samurai X" is one of the old school animes that I super love, though I was late in watching it. So when Japan decided to make a live-action movie of it in 2012, I was super excited.


But at the same time, I had qualms because we feared it will not be good. Blame that on American movies turning animes and cartoons into live-action movies and the results were pretty bad (“Dragonball” and “The Last Airbender”, anyone?). But I was willing to give it a chance. Though at that time, I felt we would watch it through download instead of in the cinemas. 

Then SM announced that they will be showing the "Rurouni Kenshin" live-action movie in in the Philippines months after Japan’s real showing. My boyfriend and I didn’t think twice and watched it with friends. To make the long story short, we loved the movie as it was so good and awesome. Plus, watching it made us feel nostalgic.  



The "Rurouni Kenshin" live-action movie was well-received by the Filipino audience. It became a box-office hit and was shown in SM cinemas for more than 3 weeks (when it was only supposed to be shown for one week, if I remember correctly). Fans of the anime loved the movie and were hoping for a sequel. And true enough, it came true!

The first "Rurouni Kenshin" live-action movie was so well-received by movie-goers that Warner Brothers Philippines will distribute the two sequels in ALL cinemas this year! The first sequel, “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno” will open across the Philippines on Aug. 20, 2014, to be followed by “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends” on Sept. 24, 2014.





In the recently concluded ToyCon 2014 last June 20-22, 2014 in SM Megamall, Warner Bros. Japan flew in three authentic costumes from the films and were publicly displayed. The costumes that I took in the event were the following:

Kenshin Himura worn by Takeru Satoh




Sanosuke Sagara worn by Munetaka Aoki




Aoshi Shinomori worn by Yusuke Iseya




These costumes were designed by Kazuhiro Sawataishi and contributed significantly to the films' overall visual impact.

I was lucky to be in the "Rurouni Kenshin" booth when they removed the Kenshin Himura costume from the glass case. I didn’t let the opportunity pass and took a picture with the costume. Thanks to my boyfriend, Marc, for taking these pictures. :D

(c) Marc Jacob Ponce de Leon

(c) Marc Jacob Ponce de Leon

And just when I thought things couldn't get exciting for the movie sequels, I find out that three of the stars and the director of the movies will be coming here for the sequels’ Asian premiere! LOL I got excited over this! 

Here is the press release from the Warner Bros. Philippines FB Page:


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"RUROUNI KENSHIN" STARS, DIRECTOR TO BE IN MANILA FOR THE SEQUELS' ASIAN PREMIERE

MANILA, July 25, 2014 – Japanese director Keishi Otomo and actors Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei and Munetaka Aoki are flying to Manila to grace the Asian Premiere of “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno,” this was jointly announced today by William Ireton, President & Representative Director of Warner Entertainment Japan Inc., and Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines.

The invitational red carpet premiere is scheduled on Wednesday night, August 6 at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong. The Japanese talents are also expected to interact with the media and fans in a public press conference Thursday, August 7 at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati.

In making the announcement, Ireton stated, “We are thrilled to bring director Keishi Otomo and castmembers Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei and Munetaka Aoki to Manila so they can personally thank and engage with the loyal fans of `Rurouni Kenshin.' The Philippines is a very important market for the franchise as proven by the outstanding box-office success in Manila of the first `Rurouni Kenshin' film in 2013.”

For his part, Soliven said, “Moviegoers in the Philippines have helped create a wave of anticipation and excitement for the `Rurouni Kenshin' sequels and the upcoming talent visit is a much welcome recognition of the fans' ardent support.”

“Kyoto Inferno” which bows across the Philippines on August 20 is the first of two sequels to the 2013 blockbuster “Rurouni Kenshin.” The second, titled “The Legend Ends” opens on September 24.

Based on the Kyoto arc of the popular manga series written & illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki, the “Rurouni Kenshin” sequels follow the story of Kenshin Himura (Satoh), a legendary swordsman in the wars accompanying the turbulent fall of Japan's Shogunate in the 19th century. Once feared as 'Battosai the Killer', he has adopted a peaceful life since the arrival of the 'new age'.

But Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara), the 'Shadow Killer' and successor to Kenshin's position as the deadly assassin, has since then been scheming in the Kyoto underworld, raising an army of disaffected former samurais with the aim of overthrowing the new regime.

Agreeing to a request by the new government to defeat Shishio, Kenshin leaves his beloved ones in Tokyo and sets out for Kyoto. He and Shishio are a match in skill and in wits, but their aims are opposite. Can Kenshin preserve the nation without breaking his vow that he will kill no more...?

The films also star Emi Takei (Kaoru Kamiya), Kaito Oyagi (Yahiko Myojin), Yu Aoi (Magumi Takani), Yosuke Eguchi (Hajime Saito), Min Tanaka (Nenji Kashiwazaki), Tao Tsuchiya (Misao Makimachi), Ryunosuke Kamiki (Soujiro Seta), Maryjun Takahashi (Yumi Komagata) and Tatsuya Fujiwara (Makoto Shishio).

Photo by Jin Joson
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Oh yes! I am freaking out now! I desperately want to go to the presscon on August 7, Thursday! I’ll see if I can go because I don’t want to miss this opportunity to see the "Rurouni Kenshin" stars.

And I am very excited for the sequels! The last one will be shown on my birthday month, so I am really, really excited for it! :D

How about you? Are you excited for the Rurouni Kenshin sequels? Comment your thoughts below :D




~Hainrihi

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