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Takeru Sato as Kenshin Himura

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.

Emi Takei as Kaoru Kamiya

Actress Emi Takei (Taira no Kiyomori, Asuko March!) will play the role of Kaoru Kamiya, a teacher of the Kamiya Kasshin-ryū style, a swords style used to protect people. Otomo Keishi (Ryomaden), the director for the movie stated:

“Without a doubt, Takei-san is an actress who will become big. Even with an innocent face, she has the will for this work. I feel that she has the chance of becoming big by playing various roles. Along with her age (17), I couldn’t think of anyone else to play the role of Kaoru.”

Emi Takei answered:

“I am happy and excited, yet at the same time very nervous to star in the film adaptation of a comic loved by many people. For the filming, I am learning sword fighting and posture. I feel my spirit will be put in good shape by each and every one of these movements. With the teamwork of the staff and my co-stars, I want to make this a film everyone will enjoy. I want to challenge myself with all my might. Please look forward to it.”

Taketo Tanaka as Yahiko Myojin

Yuu Aoi as Megumi Takani

Munetaka Aoki as Sanosuke Sagara

The October issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine have finally confirmed the actors that will play Sanosuke and Megumi in the upcoming live action movie adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki's period manga “Rurouni Kenshin”!

Yuu Aoi (Hana and Alice, Honey and Clover) will play Megumi Takani, while Munetaka Aoki (The Last Message Umizaru, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) will play Sanosuke Sagara. Moreover, Taketo Tanaka will take on the role of Yahiko Myōjin aka Yoshi.

The live action adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin is produced by Warner Bros. Picture Japan, and slated for summer 2012 release. Another Cast:

Koji Kikkawa as Jine Udo

A musician and actor, Kikkawa Koji (Let's Dance With Papa, Kamen Rider W) will be playing “Udo Jin-e” who has a strong desire for killing people. He has his own aesthetic on killing, and is willing to do anything to achieve his end.
Yosuke Eguchi as Hajime Saitō

Yosuke Eguchi (Shonan Bakusozoku, Tokyo Love Story) will be “Saito Hajime” who is a rival of Kenshin. This character is based on the real-life personage who was the captain of the third unit of the Shinsengumi, and he is written as a dark hero in the manga. Eguchi commented, “I hope that the audience would be able to feel some kind of roots of Japanese through ‘Rurouni Kenshin’.” This will be the first time for Eguchi to work with the director, Otomo Keishi.

Teruyuki Kagawa as Kanryū Takeda

Lastly, Kagawa Teruyuki (From Up on Poppy Hill, 20th Century Boys) will be “Takeda Kanryu” who is a cold-blooded industrialist. One of the most memorable scenes of this character would be where Takeda shoots the Gadling gun at his mansion, and it will be shown in the movie.

Kamiya Dojo, Kenshin's Sakaba-sword & Sanosuke's Zanba-sword, creator photographed on set

Hisashi Sasaki, deputy directorof Shueisha's Shonen Manga group, posted four photographs from the set of the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film on Wednesday. He posted photographs of the Kamiya Dojo (outsideand inside), Kenshin's Sakaba-sword and Sanosuke's Zanba-sword on the set, andRurouni Kenshin manga creator Nobuhiro Watsuki himself watching the set.