The live action film for “Rurouni Kenshin“ finished filming on November 21st, and fans of the popular manga series got a first look at ‘Kenshin’ himself, played by actor Sato Takeru.
Filming for the movie began back in August, and the shoot was held in Kyoto, Shiga, Tottori, Okayama, Hyogo, and Osaka with a total of 1,200 extras.
Reportedly, William Ireton (who presided over the production of the movie) has already begun preparations to distribute it overseas. He stated, “We believe that ‘Kenshin’ will be loved by audiences all over the world.” Sato also commented, “I screamed ‘It’s over~!’ because I was relieved that we were able to finish filming it safely, and I felt a sense of freedom. I want many people to watch the movie, especially the fans of the original manga.”
“Rurouni Kenshin” is one of Japan’s more famous manga, originally serialized through “Weekly Shonen Jump” during 1994 ~ 1999. Its comics (totaling to 28 volumes) have published over 50 million copies.
The manga follows the story of ‘Himura Kenshin’ who was known and feared as the assassin “Hitokiri Battousai”; after experiencing a personal trauma, he starts a personal journey as a wanderer after the Meiji Restoration, pledging that he would do “no more killing.”
Sato plays ‘Kenshin’, and his female co-star is Takei Emi, who plays the heroine “Kamiya Kaoru“; Aoi Yu, Aoki Munetaka, Tanaka Taketo, and Eguchi Yosuke are also the part of the main cast.
The movie will be released on August 25th, 2012.