Well the hype train has now set off from its station because I got news about the UK release of the third and final part of the Rurouni Kenshin film trilogy. Last week Monday I reported on Anime UK News about the release of Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends which will hit UK cinemas on April 17th (it was originallt pencilled in for March 06th but it was pushed back and a new trailer was produced) thanks to Warner Bros. UK. Today I got a bit more information including a poster (which looks like a good way of selling it to a UK audience who may not be familiar with the cast) and so I’m posting some news about it here with trailer and synopsis and everything. Poster first:
I can say without a doubt that the Rurouni Kenshin films are so action-packed and exciting, so well-made and beautiful that they have provided me with some of my best cinematic experiences. Here’s the info and the original Japanese poster.
Rurouni Kenshin The Legend Ends
Japanese: るろうに剣心 伝説の最期編
Romaji: Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen
Release Date: September 13th, 2014 (Japan)
Running Time: 135 mins.
Director: Keishi Otomo
Writer: Kiyomi Fujii, Keishi Otomo, (Screenplay), Nobuhiro Watsuki (Original Manga)
Starring: Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei, Yu Aoi, Munetaka Aoki, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Yusuke Iseya, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Kaito Oyagi, Tao Tsuchiya, Maryjun Takahashi, Kazufumi Miyazawa, Masaharu Fukuyama,
This is the finale to the Kyoto arc of the original manga and it comes to an explosive end as Kenshin (Sato) must face off against another elite assassin, Makoto Shishio (Fujiwara), a man who wants to overthrow the newly formed Meiji government by destroying everything with his ironclad and returning Japan to chaos. At the end of the last film Kaoru (Takei) and Kenshin went overboard into a stormy sea and we see that Kenshin is saved by his former mentor, Hiko Seijuro (Fukuyama). In order to stop Shishio in time, Kenshin enlists the help of his old master to train for the ultimate battle between hero and villain in an epic blood-drenched showdown!
The film was released last year September on a rather awesome weekend. I have watched and reviewed the first one, watched the second and a draft of a review is on hold and waiting for me to add some pictures.
Takeru Sato (Real), Emi Takei (Ai to Makoto), Tatsuya Fujiwara (Battle Royale) and Yu Aoi (Hana and Alice) taking the lead roles. They are joined by Ryunosuke Kamiki (The Kirishima Thing), Yusuke Iseya (Thirteen Assassins), and Masaharu Fukuyama (Like Father Like Son).
I’ll update this post with a list of cinemas like I did with announcement for the release of Kyoto Inferno so check back or check on Anime UK News to see if a cinema near you will be showing it!
As for me… As I made clear in my list of films I want to see this year, I’m looking forward to this tremendously and I cannot wait to watch it!
2 thoughts on “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends UK Release Information”
I’m dying here. I still need to see the second one. I had to buy the first movie because Netflix wouldn’t carry it.
Don’t spoil it for me, but if Kenshin and Kaoru do not get into a lip lock I will be very angry. Nothing inferred this time, like the end of the anime.
I have never read the manga, but know a little about what transpires relationship wise. At the end of the anime I became Kathy Bates in “Misery” — “THEY CHEATED US” …
I haven’t watched the anime. Indeed, I have a work colleague who knows more about Rurouni Kenshin than I do and I ask her questions about it from time to time.
The film is building up to some spectacular fights and I bet there’s going to be a passionate kiss at the end of the third one – Kenshin and Kaoru got to hug at the start of Kyoto Inferno so we’re slowly getting there!