I remember as a young boy who just started exploring the world of Japanese Animation or Anime as we now call it, I would make sure I was home by 5pm to catch AXN’s daily run of Anime episodes.
One of these shown was about a Japanese Assassin with a cross on his face and a sword that has it’s blade reversed. Somehow the whole story line plus the fancy sword techniques intrigued me and soon I found myself a Rurouni Kenshin fan.
Fast forward many many years later after a full series of many arcs, the iconic “Heart of Sword” ending by T.M.Revolution and many more OVAs, the news that has fans of the series cauiously jumping for joy is out. There will be a live action movie of the series.
The actor who will be taking on the role of the Kenshin who was also known as “Hitokiri Battosai” or “Battosai the Slasher” back in his assassin days is Takeru Satoh.
The 22 year old Japanese actor from Iwatsuki in the Saitama Prefecture is well known for playing Ryotaro Nogami in the Kamen Rider Den-O series. He later starred in Mei-chan no Shitsuji, taking on the role as Kento Shibata which was a firm favorite with fans.
Actress Emi Takei will be taking on the role as series’s heroine, Kaoru Kamiya in the live action movie. The 18 year old has appeared on TV Dramas such as “Asukou March!”, the live action adaptation of the manga with the same name and also in the movie “Sakura no sono”.
From the trailer and the few movie stills floating around on the internet, the live action adaption of Rurouni Kenshin does look to follow the original series faithfully.
While Takeru Satoh does look a bit young for the role consider Kenshin is believed to be about 30, Emi Takei looks almost a glove fit to play Kaoru who is about 17 in the series. Hopefully the chemistry from the original series will be seen in the movie as the interaction between the two characters were one of the high points for both the manga and anime.
One interesting photo that made its way onto the internet via the Twitter account of Deputy director of Shonen Manga Group Hisashi Sasaki, was a shot of the weapons used in the movie.
Here we have both the reversed edge blade used by Kenshin and also what looks to be Sansuke’s zanbato. Hopefully this would mean that the fight between Sansuke and Kenshin as per the early part of the series would be included.
The movie is set to open in August 2012 and while there have not been much confirmed news of an release for fans outside of Japan, most are keeping their finger’s crossed that the movie will still true to the character of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s masterpiece.
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by Kenneth Wong
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