Rurouni Kenshin: First Look

Posted by Grey Monday, December 5, 2011

Still feeling uncertain over the prospect of a live-action film adaptation of classic anime/manga series, Rurouni Kenshin? Here's our first look at the film set to be released in Japan in August next year.

Back in June, we reported on the somewhat worrying announcement of a live-action film adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin or Samurai X for the Western audience. Being a mega-popular anime/manga series both in and out of Japan, concerns over the live-action adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story (るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚- Rurōni Kenshin Meiji Kenkaku Rōmantan) is perfectly justifiable , given how the Hollywood big-budget treatment of fan-favorite anime/manga series, Dragon Ball turned out to be the absolutely atrocious piece of shit we have come to know as Dragonball Evolution. Meanwhile, recent attempts like the two-part Gantz isn't really raising the bar in any sense (though we must add that the recent film adaptation of the 1974 classic anime series, Space Battleship Yamato (宇宙戦艦ヤマト Uchū Senkan Yamato) was rather capable).

With shooting behind the live-action adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin having wrapped, a slew of set images have been released just in time for us to ease our concerns. Hit the jump to check out these cool images.

In the January issue of Jump Square magazine, an image of Takeru Satoh in full Kenshin garb along with his signature Sakabato was featured.

Now, while we maintained that enthusiasm behind this latest attempt to capture a classic anime/manga sensation should be cautiously curbed at a safe level, we do like what we see here. While we have not really witnessed a live-action adaptation of an anime/manga series being done justice (the film trilogy of 20th Century Boys were close though), there are some reasonable confidence with this one given the fact that at its core, Rurouni Kenshin is a chambara, a samurai period film with equal emphasis on its historical setting (like any jidaigeki, period dramas in Japanese) as well as the protagonist's identity as a samurai.

22-year-old actor Takeru Satoh (佐藤 健) seems to be well-cast as Himura Kenshin, the tortured protagonist, and likewise for Emi Takei (武井咲) as Kamiya Kaoru, the love interest. Here's a list of the rest of the cast that complete the Kenshingumi, complete with their respective pictures.

Yū Aoi (蒼井 優) as Takani Megumi (高荷 恵)

Takashi Aoki (青木崇高) as Sagara Sanosuke (相楽 左之助)

Noboru Wei Tanaka (田中偉登) as Myōjin Yahiko (明神 弥彦)

Rurouni Kenshin is currently slated to release in Japan on August 25th, 2012. However, the US release date has not been announced as yet.

Source: Eiga via Japanator


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