Romaji: Rurouni Kenshin
Japanese Title: るろうに剣心
Release Date: 25th August 2012 (Japan)
Running Time: N/A
Director: Keishi Ohtomo
Writer: Watsuki Nobuhrio
Starring: Takeru Sato, Emi Takei, Taketo Tanaka, Munetaka Aoki, Yu Aoi, Yosuke Eguchi, Koji Kikkawa, Teruyuki Kagawa
Warner Bros Japan strike again with another live-action adaptation of a classic manga! A trailer for the forthcoming live-action adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s classic chanbara manga Rurouni Kenshin has been released on Yahoo! Japan and it gives us a glimpse of what is on offer as well as letting us listen to the theme song “The Beginning” by the J-rock outfit ONE OK ROCK. The film stars Takeru Sato (BECK, Kamen Rider Den-O) as the titular samurai with Emi Takei (Ai to Makoto) portraying Kaoru. Support is provided by Yu Aoi (Memories of Matsuko, Honey and Clover), and Teruyuki Kagawa (Tokyo Sonata, Sukiyaki Western Django). The film is directed by Keishi Ōtomo who directed a popular NHK historical television series named Ryomaden which featured Sato.
It is the early Meiji period in Japan, a time of rapid industrialisation and modernisation which will consign samurai to the history books. One such samurai is Kenshin Himura. He was once an elite swordsman known as “Battosai” before taking an oath not to kill. He now finds himself as a wandering samurai offering aid to those in need as atonement for his past actions. During his travels he meets Kaoru Kamiya, an instructor at her father’s Kendo school. She offers Kenshin a place to stay at her dojo and their relationship begins to blossom but Kenshin’s past will soon catch up with him as he discovers that somebody has been using the name “Battosai” while committing murders in Tokyo.