The official website for the live-action Rurouni Kenshin movies has announced that the final chapter films based on Nobuhiro Watsuki‘s Rurouni Kenshin manga will get screenings with commentary tracks.
In a later update, it also confirmed that actor Ryunosuke Kamiki, who played Sojiro Seta in the previous films, will be reprising his role.
MOVIE SCREENING WITH COMMENTARY
Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final, the first of the two films, will screen with commentary beginning on May 22. Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning, the second film, will screen with commentary beginning on June 19.
For the cast, Enishi is played by the Japanese-American actor, Mackenyu, who also appeared in Pacific Rim: Uprising. Riku Ōnishi is the only new cast member among the five main cast members, replacing Kaito Ōyagi as Yahiko Myojin.
Takeru Satoh as Kenshin Himura, Emi Takei as Kaoru Kamiya, Munetaka Aoki as Sanosuke Sagara, Yū Aoi as Megumi Takani, and Yosuke Eguchi as Hajime Saitō are returning cast members. Kasumi Arimura will play Tomoe Yukishiro, who was Kenshin’s wife during his “Assassin Battousai” days.
The first of the two movies in the final chapter films, Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final, has already opened in Japan. The live-action movie opened on April 23 and the film ranked at number 2. These final movies were originally scheduled to premiere last year but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final will focus on the story from the “Jinchū” arc of the manga featuring Kenshin’s battle with the mysterious weapons dealer, Enishi, who manipulated Shishio with weapon sales. Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning will tell the story of how Kenshin got his signature X-shaped scar.
Watsuki’s original manga ran from 1994 to 1999 in Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. A television anime series aired in Japan from 1996-1998, spawning several anime video projects and an anime film that became one of the more popular anime franchises.
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