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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Everything you need to know about "RUROUNI KENSHIN" ("Kyoto Inferno" and "The Legend Ends") - part 1


August 9, 2014

A DRAMATIC ACTION-EPIC OPENS A NEW ERA IN WORLD ENTERTAINMENT!

TWO FULL-LENGTH FEATURES NOW COMPLETE, SCHEDULED FOR SUCCESSIVE RELEASE

TWO YEARS AFTER THE SHOCKING PROLOGUE, A WORLD-WIDE SMASH HIT

THE GREAT CLIMAX BEGINS NOW!

With the release of Roruni Kenshin on August 25th, 2012, Japanese film entered a new era. A commercial film combining unparalleled speed and overwhelming action in a moving human drama, it was a bombshell creating what can be described as riotous enthusiasm.

This was the first motion picture inspired by Kenshin the Wanderer: The Romance of the Meiji Swordsman (Shueisha Jump Comics), the monumental manga comic by Nobuhiro Watsuki that has sold more than 5.8 million copies and been translated into more than 20 languages.

The filmmakers faced a serious challenge in meeting the high expectations of the manga fans, a challenge they succeeded beyond anyone’s expectations in meeting as the film was met with rapture throughout Japan, quickly taking in more than 3 billion yen at the box office. Word-of-mouth spread quickly overseas, and Rurouni Kenshin has now been shown at 31 festivals and received distribution in 64 territories.

The production team was aware from the start that the Rurouni Kenshin story would not be complete without a film version of the ‘Kyoto Arc’, the highest-rated and best-loved segment that serves as a climax to the manga series. Coincidentally, the resolution and determination with which the main character Kenshin survives through a turbulent age serve as a guidepost pointing toward the future for those of us alive now.

The time has come: in answer to calls from around the world demanding ‘more Kenshin’, we present Kyoto Inferno and The Legend Ends.



TO SAVE JAPAN FROM DESTRUCTION, WHAT PAINFUL DECISION MUST KENSHIN MAKE?

A UNIQUE WORLD CREATED ON A SCALE NEVER BEFORE SEEN IN A JAPANESE MOVIE!

A CAST OF STARS AND THE BEST OF THE BEST PRODUCTION STAFF

Kenshin Himura is 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’ in Japanese history. But Makoto Shishio, the ‘Shadow Killer’ who succeeded to Kenshin’s position in the service of the new government, has since then been active in the Kyoto underworld. Because he knew too much of the dark side of the new government, he was stabbed and his body set on fire. He survived, however and, wrapped in bandages, has raised an army of disaffected former samurai with the aim of overthrowing the new regime. Agreeing to a request by Toshimichi Okubo, the Home Minister, Kenshin leaves his friends in Tokyo and sets out for Kyoto. He and Shishio are a match in skill and in wits, but their aims are opposite. Kenshin seeks to preserve the nation without breaking his vow that he will kill no more.

Rising to the challenge of playing Kenshin, who leaves those he loves to devote himself single-mindedly to the cause of peace, is Takeru Satoh, whose performance in a breathtakingly revolutionary style of intense action unlike anything to be found in Hollywood or continental Asia will leave no viewer unmoved. Also returning from the first Kenshin movie are Emi Takei as Kaoru Kamiya, Munetaka Aoki as Sanosuke Sagara, Yu Aoi as Megumi Takani, and Yosuke Eguchi as Hajime Saito.

A wealth of famous faces joins the cast this time out. Appearing with Takeru Satoh for the first time, as the crazed Makoto Shishio, is the popular character actor Tatsuya Fujiwara. Performing in hot, heavy, stifling bandages that even make it hard for him to hear, he becomes the personification of pure evil with an overpowering and epochal performance.

As Sojiro Seta, the skilled leader of Shishio’s ‘Ten Swords’ group of henchmen, is Ryunosuke Kamiki, who breaks new ground in with the mesmerising pace of the speediest swordfights in the series. Another opponent Kenshin faces is Aoshi Shinomori, a former ‘Hidden Watcher’ ninja in the service of the Shogun, played here by Yusuke Iseya. Outstanding in his action sequences, his performance also embodies all the grief of a man condemned to live in a time for which he was not born. As the ninja ‘Elder’ who breaks with Aoshi and allies himself with Kenshin is Min Tanaka, while Tao Tsuchiya plays Misao Makimachi, who fights beside Kenshin but still loves Aoshi.

Returning as director is Keishi Otomo, highly respected around the world for such works as Ryomaden and Platinum Data. Gathering his production staff from the first Kenshin movie, he combines painstaking attention to detail with spectacle on a grand scale in his single-minded pursuit of a world-within-film like no other. The theme song is by the internationally popular band ONE OK ROCK, who has written two individual songs for both films.

With a production budget of 3 billion yen, six months in the filming, 5,000 extras, and locations all over Japan from Yamagata in the north to Kumamoto in the south, this is a project that pushes back the boundaries of Japanese film: two films that break new ground, and whose successive release will set off shock waves everywhere.



THE STORY

MAKOTO SHISHIO, KENSHIN’S CRAZED SUCCESSOR AND NOW ENEMY, IS ABOUT TO OVERTHROW THE NEW GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN!

CAN KENSHIN STOP HIM WITHOUT BREAKING HIS VOW TO KILL NO MORE?

Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satoh) is a legendary swordsman in the wars accompanying the turbulent fall of Japan’s Shogunate in the 19th century. Once feared as ‘Battosai the Killer’, with the arrival of the ‘new age’ in Japanese history he became a wanderer, roaming the land seeking to be of service to those in need. Arriving in Tokyo, he vanquished Kanryu Takeda, a tycoon trying to finance weapons purchases with opium sales in a bid to rule the world, and his bodyguard Jin’e Udo. Since then Kenshin has been living peacefully with his companions Kaoru Kamiya (Emi Takei), Sanosuke Sagara (Munetaka Aoki), Megumi Takani (Yu Aoi), and Yahiko Myojin (Kaito Oyagi).

But now he is summoned by Home Minister Toshimichi Okubo (Kazufumi Miyazawa), and learns that Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara), his successor in the service of the new government during the battle to overthrow the Shogun, is both alive and plotting in Kyoto. Betrayed by the new government, who set what they thought was his dead body on fire, Shishio is now swathed in bandages and with a private army of bloodthirsty mercenaries is planning a coup d’etat. ‘You are the only one who can stop Shishio,’ Okubo tells Kenshin. Shishio, Kenshin’s equal in fighting skill and quick thinking, is a crazed and fearsome enemy.

As if to taunt Kenshin, Shishio’s henchman Sojiro Seta (Ryunosuke Kamiki), the head of his special ‘Ten Swords’ squad, assassinates Okubo in broad daylight. Resolving to join in the battle, Kenshin places himself under the command of police officer Hajime Saito (Yosuke Eguchi) and sets out for Kyoto. Kaoru tries desperately to stop him, but with a ‘Thank you for everything,’ he embraces her and leaves.

On the way he falls in with Misao Makimachi (Tao Tsuchiya), after she tries and fails to steal his ‘back-blade’ sword. Together they go to a village under Shishio’s control. Kenshin defeats a powerful force of Shishio’s underlings to the mocking applause of Sojiro, who then leads him to the biggest house in the village, where Shishio and Kenshin, the two fate has brought together, come face to face.

‘Do you want revenge against the new government?’ asks Kenshin of Shishio, who replies that he in fact grateful, and that he has learned much from his scars. At Shishio’s announcement that he plans to take over the country, Kenshin draws his sword, but seeing that this is a back-blade, Shishio orders Sojiro to fight. ‘Come back when you’re a killer again,’ he says to Kenshin as he walks away. Sojiro and Kenshin square off, both evenly matched in skill. Sword clashes against sword, until Kenshin’s back-blade suddenly breaks in two.

Arriving in Kyoto, Kenshin encounters Elder (Min Tanaka), the leader of the ‘Hidden Watchers’, ninja who formerly served the Shogun. He tells Kenshin that Aoshi Shinomori (Yusuke Iseya), the surviving leader of a Watcher squad killed by the Shogunate to silence them, is looking for him, to kill him and prove that he and his dead comrades were the most powerful of all. Kenshin, it would seem, has another enemy.

He goes in search of Shakku Arai, the swordsmith who made his back-blade, but Arai is dead and his son Seiku (Dai Watanabe) has resolved never to make another sword. But one of Shishio’s ‘Ten Swords’, Cho Sawagejo (Ryosuke Miura), has heard that Shakku did in fact make one last sword, and he now threatens Seiku and his family. Kenshin faces him, and his vow never to kill again seems to be in doubt when Kaoru appears. She has followed him from Tokyo.

Shishio’s intentions become clear. He is going to burn Kyoto, carrying out a scheme originally planned by anti-Shogun samurai before the new government took over, and frustrated then by Saito’s ‘Shinsengumi’ police. The day of decision arrives, but in the glare of the flames, it becomes obvious that making an inferno of Kyoto was only the beginning of Shishio’s plans.




"Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno" opens on August 20, 2014, to be followed one month after by "Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends" on September 24, 2014.

 Mwah! 


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