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Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends Trailer (With Updated Subs)

Warner Bros. Japan updated their website with a short trailer from the third installment of the live-action film adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin. It is set to be released in Japan on the 13th of September, following the successful screening of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno last August 1. The second film is currently showing in the Philippines and has so far earned more than P40M in ticket sales four days after it was released in the country. 

The trailer for The Legend Ends is now updated with several subtitles such as English, French, Spanish, Tagalog, Korean and Chinese. So for those who haven’t seen this yet, go check out the website

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Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Trailer)

The first official trailer of the third installment of Rurouni Kenshin is finally released! 

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends will be released in Japan on September 13. The second film, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno has already hit the cinemas on August 1, and just like in Japan, it also became a blockbuster movie in the Philippines, earning P7.3M on its opening day last August 20, 2014. The Legend Ends will be the final installment of the two-part sequel of Rurouni Kenshin which is also based on the famous manga series of the same title written by Nabuhiro Watsuki. 

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends Poster (Photo Cr: 映画『るろうに剣心』FB)

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends Poster (Photo Cr: 映画『るろうに剣心』FB)

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends will be shown in the Philippines on September 24. 

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno Flares up a Record on its Opening Day

The much-awaited sequel of Rurouni Kenshin has finally come! The opening day started yesterday, August 20 in Philippine cinemas nationwide. The three main actors of the said Japanese film (Takeru Satoh, Takei Emi and Aoki Munetaka) including their director, Keishi Otomo, visited the country for a two-day event last August 6 and 7. Thousands of fans flocked the venue as they tried to catch a glimpse of the stars during the red carpet premiere on Wednesday at SM Megamall. The following day, they were appointed as Cultural Friendship Ambassadors to the Philippines.They also attended a press conference in Glorietta later that day at around 6 pm which also garnered an estimated crowd of about 6,000 people.

Yesterday marked the opening date of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno in local theaters nationwide. The film proved to be a huge success as it earned P7.3M just on its first day of screening. Warner Bros Pictures (Philippines) confirmed this new record on its Facebook account.

Taken from Warner Bros Philippines' Official Facebook Page

Taken from Warner Bros Philippines’ Official Facebook Page

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno is the live-action film adaptation of the manga and animated series entitled Rurouni Kenshin (or Samurai X), which was written by Nobuhiro Watsuki. It is the second movie of the two-part sequel starring Takeru Satoh, Takei Emi and Aoki Munetaka. The first film, which was released in 2012, became a blockbuster hit in Japan and it also had several international screenings. The films are directed by Keishi Otomo, and the third part (Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends) is slated to be shown in Japan on September 13 of this year. The story revolves around Himura Kenshin, who was a former hitokiri (assassin) during the Bakumatsu era. He becomes a wanderer and tries to atone for the murders he committed by protecting people using his sakabato (reverse-blade sword)His vow never to kill again is put on a test when his successor, Shishio Makoto and his Juppongatana faction try to overthrow the Meiji government and threaten the peace in the country.

People lining up At SM Megamall to watch Rurouni Kenshin on its opening day (Photo Credit: JM Cayao of Rurouni Kenshin Pinas)

People line up At SM Megamall to watch Rurouni Kenshin on its opening day (Photo Credit: JM Cayao of Rurouni Kenshin Pinas)

For those of you who haven’t watched this movie yet, go to your nearest movie theaters and enjoy this action-packed sequel of Rurouni Kenshin. Catch the fiery screening of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno in your favorite local cinemas nationwide!

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno Hits the Local Cinemas Today

Yes, you read that right! The long wait is over! Today marks the opening of the second sequel of Rurouni Kenshin in Philippine cinemas nationwide. To check the schedules and reserve your tickets, kindly visit SM Cinemas and Ayala Malls Cinemas.

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno is now showing In Philippine cinemas nationwide! (Photo Credit: 映画『るろうに剣心』 FB)

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno is now showing In Philippine cinemas nationwide! (Photo Credit: 映画『るろうに剣心』 FB)

Let’s make this a blockbuster hit and show our love and support to our beloved battousai!

How Fiery the Kyoto Inferno Will Be

(To celebrate the release of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno here in the Philippines tomorrow, I am sharing my personal excitement with you over this highly-anticipated Japanese movie of this year. We all love Kenshin, don’t we? :3 )

“Kill before you are killed.”

So was the belief of Shishio Makoto, the successor of the infamous Battousai, who has now become a mere wanderer who goes by the name of Himura Kenshin. He is widely acknowledged as one of the strongest enemies of the main antagonist Rurouni Kenshin which was first popularized by Nobuhiro Watsuki in his manga of the same title. It was then later adopted as an anime in the mid-90s, and its soaring popularity reached outside the boundaries of Japan, where it became more well-known as Samurai X.

Shishio Makoto and his Juppongatana

Shishio Makoto and his Juppongatana

My Love for Kenshin: When and How It All Started

Back in the 90s, I could justify how famous it was in my country that time. The memories were faint, but I was quite certain that it was as popular as Dragon Ball was during that period. I was still five or six years old that time. I could even barely read or write but I have been totally infatuated with anime ever since I was a kid. I grew up with my uncles who are big fanatics of Japanese animations, and they have greatly influenced me in that aspect.

Back then, Samurai X was aired on our local TV channel and was also dubbed in Filipino. I can remember tiny bits of the show but after I started schooling, I couldn’t constantly keep up with the episodes. And dang, I was still a child then, and with all the homework and stress I had with my studies, I couldn’t totally focus and remember all the arcs and even the characters’ names in the story. All I could remember was the big tarpaulin of Kenshin and the Samurai X card collection we once owned which was sold in Comic Alley. I swear I don’t even know how we managed to procure those items. It’s probably one of my uncles who bought them.

More than a decade after, however, we lost all of them, including the big tarpaulin. *weeps* We had to constantly move in and out of apartments ever since we sold our house which was why we lost track of our other belongings, including the cards. By then, I thought Samurai X has long been “outdated” since tons of newer anime were released one after another. (But I was damn wrong!)  I never had the slightest dream that it would be recreated, and in 2012, its first live-action movie adaptation entitled Rurouni Kenshin was released in cinemas. Just imagine how excited I was upon hearing the news. It brought back so many memories of my childhood. I must say that though the story line of the movie didn’t completely follow the original manga/anime, the cast and staff still did a wonderful job giving life to one of my favorite anime. That nostalgic effect made me rewatch all 95 episodes of Samurai X. I was able to recall and enjoy the scenes in the show. One of my favorite (and probably the best) seasons was the Kyoto Arc. Shishio Makoto was the only villain in the story that left an unforgettable impression in my memory.

He is the only antagonist that I can remember out of all the other enemies when I was still a child. Aside from his weird and creepy bandaged appearance, his ruthless character carved a big spot on my mind, leaving a lasting memory of that merciless hitokiri who never had second thoughts in killing everyone who got on his way. The fight between him and Kenshin proved to be one of the most thrilling and suspense scenes in the episode that left me at the edge of my seat. Watching it again after more than ten years makes it even more hair-raising for me since I can already vividly capture every detail and fight scenes in the show, especially now that I can fully comprehend the story compared to when I was a kid.

Kyoto Arc: A Film Adaptation?

Many RK (an acronym for Rurouni Kenshin) fans should know by now that the anime’s Kyoto arc will be the main theme of the two-part sequel of the show’s live action film adaptation. The second movie, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno was first screened in Japan on August 1, 2014, while the the third part is slated to be released on September 13 of this year. (There will also be international screening in various parts of the world so you better check your cinemas and scheduled dates in advance!) Now the big question is: Will the actors be able to perfectly portray the characters in the anime? Will the producer, director and other staff of the film manage to capture the effects and intense battle scenes in this arc? Well, we have to see it for ourselves.

I, myself have a lot of expectations for these two movies. After seeing the first RK film, I’m expecting them to be on par with the first one, or if not, even far superior to it. I have already seen the trailer and photos of the second film and the additional actors are nothing but exceptional. Takeru Satoh, Takei Emi and Aoki Munetaka will be reprising their roles as Himura Kenshin, Kamiya Kaoru and Sagara Sanosuke. For the new characters in the sequels, Tatsuya Fujiwara will be playing the role of Kenshin’s archenemy, Shishio Makoto, while Ryunosuke Kamiki will be his right-hand man, Seta Soujiro. A lot more well-known names in the movie industry are included in the list, so you guys better watch the movies to find out who they are!

The Philippines had the exclusive opportunity to be the host of the Asian Premiere of Rurouni Kenshin. The red carpet premiere and press conference both fell on weekdays, but that didn’t stop thousands of fans to travel all the way to SM Megamall and Glorietta just to catch a glimpse of the movie stars and director (Takeru Satoh, Takei Emi, Aoki Munetaka and Keishi Otomo) who were surprised and thankful for the warm reception they received from their Filipino fans. The hype didn’t stop after they left the country. In contrary, the excitement over the latest #RuroKen film gets even more intense as the day of the showing advances.

I’m not sure if they are going to follow the original story line in the anime, but one thing’s for sure. Shishio Makoto is surely one hell of a villain as what I’ve seen on the trailers. His faction, the Juppongatana is also complete to add more torment to Kenshin and his comrades. Aoshi Shinomori is also confirmed to be in the cast together with Kenshin’s master, Hiko Seijuro. Just imagining the battle scenes in the anime makes me look forward on how the cast will interpret and execute the infamous fight between Shishio and Kenshin. The actors said they suffered from several injuries while shooting the movie, so it only goes to show how hard they worked to make the scenes seem realistic just like its animated counterpart.

I hope to see the part where Shishio bites Kenshin during their fight, and the scene where he apathetically strikes Yumi with his sword, impaling Kenshin as well in the process. Heck, that scene had me overwhelmed with emotions. I also heard that Soujiro has the spotlight in the second movie, so I’m sensing that there will be more fight scenes of him and Kenshin than with Shishio, which possibly explains the reason behind the third film, The Legend Ends.

Well, the only way to find out the answers to these questions and assumptions is to watch the sequels! Let’s support the movies and show our love to our legendary wanderer, Rurouni Kenshin!

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno Poster (Credit to: 映画『るろうに剣心』Facebook Page)

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno Poster (Credit to: 映画『るろうに剣心』Facebook Page)

(For more updates, check the official website of Warner Bros Japan. Click here.)

A Dream Come True: My Fateful Encounter with the Cast & Director of Rurouni Kenshin

WARNING: This is a long post. Read at your own risk. 😛

The moment that I had been waiting for has finally come. I got up at 5:30 am and traveled all the way from Las Piñas to Makati City where the presscon will be held. It took me two hours to get to Glorietta and when the mall finally opened at 10, I immediately looked for the Activity Center while my friend waited in line to buy a movie ticket to get a pass for the event. I went to the left side of the venue close to the stage and I just watched the dancers rehearsed for the program. The authentic costumes used in the film were also displayed next to the stage together with some posters and photos taken during the filming. However, a few minutes after that, the guards requested the fans to leave the area since they were still in the process of organizing the place. Therefore, I ended up positioning myself at the center, right in front of the stage though it was a bit farther than my first station. I also managed to be friends with the other fans around me (who, by the way, are also members of Rurouni Kenshin Pinas, an RK group on Facebook).

I ended up in this position.

I ended up here.

The costumes and photos were displayed next to the stage.

The costumes and photos were displayed next to the stage.

Let me just rant a bit. The guards who were dispatched in my area were really upsetting. As early as 1:30 pm, we already asked them if we wouldn’t be driven away later when the program starts. AND THEY TOLD US THAT WE WERE ALLOWED TO REMAIN IN OUR POSTS FOR THE EVENT. And much to our dismay and annoyance, later that day, at around 3 or 4 o’clock, they started shooing us away. To make my rant short, we ended up arguing with the guards and we really fought for our right to remain in our position. LOL. They were so disorganized and unsystematic. Before 6 o’clock struck, some performers signaled the beginning of the event with a dance performance infused with traditional Japanese martial arts/swordsmanship. The same cosplayers who graced the red carpet yesterday at Megamall also went on stage. The host of the show, Ms. Sam Oh, stirred the crowd as the screen showed the arrival of Takeru Satoh, Aoki Munetaka and director Keishi Otomo. An estimate of 6,000 fans roared in excitement as Sam Oh called the guests one by one to come up on stage. And believe me, Takeru Satoh looks much more handsome in person than on TV. I couldn’t actually take a clear shot of them since my friends were so agitated they kept on bumping me. (Hence the blurry pictures). They first greeted the crowd before the press started asking questions about the movie and the stars.

Keishi Otomo, Takeru Satoh and Aoki Munetaka answer the questions from the press

Keishi Otomo, Takeru Satoh and Aoki Munetaka answer the questions from the press

Aoki was just like Sanosuke in real life. He was so exuberant and his antics made him the crowd’s favorite. Both he and Takeru displayed their knowledge of a few Tagalog words such as “Magandang gabi”, “Maraming salamat” and our all-time favorite expression, “Mahal ko kayo”. I also give Aoki-san an A+ for his efforts to answer all the questions in English. He pumped his fists in the air as he encouraged the fans to chant “Sano! Sano!”. Takeru, on the other hand, stood afterwards and sent a flying kiss to the crowd, making us squeal in delight.

When asked whether they sustained some injuries during the filming, Aoki, who played the character of Kenshin’s best friend, Sanosuke, said that he lost a tooth. “But I don’t mind, because I’m Sanosuke!“, he added to reassure the fans. Takeru, however, said that he suffered from several injuries that he cannot point out one in particular. He was also asked if he knows someone who is similar to Himura Kenshin in real life, and he said he doesn’t know one. And Aoki, being the animated guy he was, raised his hand and answered, “I know, I know!” and pointed to Takeru, “…him”. Another person from the press asked the trio about their opinion if the Hollywood decides to do an American remake of Rurouni Kenshin, and obviously, we rebuffed in unison. Takeru exclaimed that his response is probably similar to that of the fans’, while director Otomo dared and challenged the Hollywood to take their chance. Aoki also surprised the fans when he described himself as “ASTIG”, which he learned from his Filipino friend. I would say that Aoki totally hyped and owned the stage that night.

Five lucky fans were also given the chance to be with them on stage as the three presented them the signed RK posters while shaking hands with the winners. Aoki also gave a hug to each of them, which made the other fans (including me) sigh in envy. Aww. :3 Afterwards, they gave their final message and expressed their deep gratitude to the Filipinos for the warm reception. Takeru hopes that “this will pave way for other Japanese films to be shown in the Philippines” and Aoki also asked the fans to watch and enjoy the sequel, because who knows, they might return to the country if Kyoto Inferno will become a box-office hit here. (And I’m really crossing my fingers for that to happen.)

"Thank you very much. It's my first time to come to the Philippines. I'm glad I came. I'm now in love with the Philippines." -Takeru Satoh

“Thank you very much. It’s my first time to come to the Philippines. I’m glad I came. I’m now in love with the Philippines.” -Takeru Satoh

The press conference lasted for about an hour, but the experience I had during this event will last forever. I didn’t expect that this day would happen when I could already see and hear Takeru Satoh LIVE. He is one of my favorite Japanese artists, and Aoki Munetaka has now been included in my bias list. It’s too unfortunate that I couldn’t catch a glimpse of Takei Emi’s beauty, but other fans around me confirmed how simple yet elegant she was during the red carpet event. Until now, I still have some regrets since I couldn’t make it last August 6, especially when many fan accounts testify that the Wednesday event was way better than the presscon (in terms of interaction with the artists). Many people got their autographs and others even shook hands with Emi, Takeru, Aoki and director-san. I thought I wouldn’t be able to see them in Megamall because I didn’t win any tickets/invites from Warner Bros PH and SM Cinema. (I guess I’m not just really lucky when it comes to raffle draw and promos) *weeps miserably* So I ended up filing a leave of absence from my company on Thursday. Turns out that the red carpet premiere was more fun than the presscon. Fans around me even dubbed Glorietta as “Ayala Inferno”, due to the guards’ exaggerated stringency and disorganized system.

Nevertheless, this experience is totally unforgettable. Until now, I’m still reminiscing every detail of the event. I hope that the four of them will return to Manila soon. And can I just ask for more? Can they bring the other artists with them? Like Tatsuya Fujiwara (Makoto Shishio), Ryunosuke Kamiki (Seta Soujiro) and many more? 😀 Rurouni-Kenshin-Kyoto-Fire-poster

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno will be shown in the Philippines on August 20, and the third film will be screened on the 24th of September. Let’s all watch these movies and make them a blockbuster hit! 頑張ってください!

Cast and Director Attend the Asian Premiere of Rurouni Kenshin in the Philippines

Fans of the popular anime/manga of the 90s called Rurouni Kenshin (also known as Samurai X) were delighted upon the news of the sequel of the live-action film adaptation of the said anime. The first movie was released in 2012 and it garnered rave reviews from both critics and fans. Much to the delight of everyone, a two-part sequel was confirmed to take place. The second movie, named “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno” was released in Japan on August 1, 2014, while the third part will be shown on September 13 and is entitled “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends”.

The Asian premiere of Kyoto Inferno was held in the Philippines on August 6, Wednesday at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. The red carpet event began at around 6 pm. The Filipino cosplayers first walked the runway as thousands of fans cheered loudly when the stars of the film showed up at the venue. Takeru Satoh, Aoki Munetaka and Emi Takei who reprised their roles as Himura Kenshin, Sagara Sanosuke and Kamiya Kaoru respectively, walked the red carpet with their director, Keishi Otomo. Unexpectedly, the guests took their time to sign autographs for the fans who gathered to see their favorite stars. They greeted the crowd in Tagalog as they were welcomed with a loud cheer and applause from the audience. They also answered a few questions on stage before the advanced screening started.

From left: Director Keishi Otomo, Takeru Satoh, Takei Emi and Aoki Munetaka at the Red Carpet Premiere of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Credit to Warner Bros Pictures PH)

The following day, the four of them were also appointed as “Cultural Friendship Ambassadors” to the Philippines wherein they were presented with the jeepney decorated with a Rurouni Kenshin art. Afterwards, they headed to a press conference event held in Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City. Takei Emi, however, couldn’t make it to the event since she had to leave the country in the afternoon due to other schedules.

The stars and director of Rurouni Kenshin posed with the RK-themed jeepney on Thursday, Aug.7 at Makati City. (Credit to Warner Bros Pictures PH)

The stars and director of Rurouni Kenshin posed with the RK-themed jeepney on Thursday, Aug.7 at Makati City. (Credit to Warner Bros Pictures PH)

To read my personal account of the press conference event, click here.