Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno - Final Preview

Posted by The Daily Zombies Sunday, August 31, 2014

The cinematic adventures of Himura Kenshin and gang rages on with Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, the first part of two back-to-back sequels, hit the silver screens across Asia following its astoundingly successful release in Japan earlier on. 


Back in 2012, despite the positive vibes from the marketing campaign of the live-action adaptation of るろうに剣心, AKA Rurouni Kenshin, we cautiously curbed our enthusiasm for the eventual film of the same name. 

While the film was generally effective in bringing some of the classic scenes to life in a way we believe would be most acceptable for most cinema-goers, there were some unnecessary and, at times, clumsy adaptation of elements that would have been much better served with more thoughts put into them. Namely, the omission of popular anti-hero Shinomori Aoshi (四乃森 蒼紫), and his gang, Oniwabanshū (御庭番眾), especially when Takeda Kanryū (武田 観柳) is already featured as the villain. More unforgiving would be the clumsy giveaway of a major spoiler revealing parts of the origin of the infamous "X" scar on Kenshin's face. 

With all said and done, almost every characters were well-casted and the film understandably became a box office hit in Japan. 

Fast forward two years now to 2014, and we have not one, but two sequels set to be released this year. And what better story arc to cover with such span than the most popular one featuring fan-favorite arch-nemesis of Kenshin, Shishio Makoto. Adapting the Kyoto arc of the manga, The Great Kyoto Fire (るろうに剣心 京都大火編 Kyoto Taika-hen) was released in Japan this month with The Legend Ends (るろうに剣心 伝説の最期編 Densetsu no Saigo-hen) set to be released in September. 

With the massive story arc in play, it is inevitable that the aforementioned Shinomori Aoshi has been confirmed (and sighted) in the film, a point which would have been so much well arranged had the character been introduced as a foreboding sense of things to come. Nevertheless, the trailer, posters, and official images have been encouraging with veteran genre actor Tatsuya Fujiwara (known for his work in Battle Royale, Death Note, and Kaiji film series) chewing the scenes as the terrifying Shishio Makoto with the trusty (and faithfully captured) Seta Sōjirō by his side. 

With no further ado, check out the trailer below followed by the posters and official images from the film.


Here are the posters released for the film.






Inevitably, we know we are in for a series of cool character posters given the source material. And here they are.






And here are the cast images as well as some cool set images from the film.







First released in Japan on August 1st,  The Great Kyoto Fire (るろうに剣心 京都大火編 Kyoto Taika-hen) is currently hitting the silver screens across Asia with no announcements made for any US releases for now. The concluding chapter, The Legend Ends (るろうに剣心 伝説の最期編 Densetsu no Saigo-hen)  will be released in Japan on September 13th. 



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