How freakin cool is it that Rurouni Kenshin will be a live action film/drama, not sure which. I just hope that they don’t screw it up by casting the wrong actors/actresses, messing with the costumes and screwing up with fake graphics…that you can really tell are fake….please, please, oh please don’t ruin my Rurouni Kenshin!!! I’m glad that the creator is the one that is deciding the roles, this will make the image of the characters more accurate to the manga and anime series.

22-year-old actor Takeru Satoh (Kamen Rider Den-O, RookiesBeck, Ry?maden) will star in a live-action film adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki‘sRurouni Kenshin samurai manga next year. Keishi ?tomo will direct Satoh on this new film, just as he did in last year’s NHK historical television seriesRy?madenWarner Brothers Pictures Japan is producing with its president William Ireton, while Studio Swan (Paradise Kiss) is in charge of the actual film production.

The Sankei Sports newspaper adds that the staff aims to release the film internationally and eventually make a series. This will be the first live-action adaptation of the manga.

Producer Shinz? Matsuhashi commented, “Satoh has the looks and stature to be a proper Kenshin.” Watsuki added that when this project was just starting, he and his wife were discussing who should play Kenshin, and decided that Satoh topped the list.

Satoh himself said that he was a huge fan of the original manga when he was in elementary school and when the manga was still running. “It was the manga that everyone in my generation knew.” He added that he and his friends would play around by pretending to sword-fight. Satoh began intensive training in sword-fighting earlier this month, and filming will begin in July.

Nobuhiro Watsuki‘s original 1994-1999 manga ran inShueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine and the resulting 28 compiled books volumes have 50 million copies in print. The manga inspired a television anime series that is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. Viz Mediapublished the manga in North America, and Media BlastersAnimeWorks label released the television anime.

ADV Films released two later original video anime projectsand a film on DVD, and Aniplex is releasing these three titles on Blu-ray Disc this year. in April, Shueishaannounced that a new Rurouni Kenshin anime project has been green-lit.

Direct Source: Anime News Network

Additional Sources: Eiga, Oricon, Crunchy Roll, Tokyo Graph

Cast:

Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satou)

Kaoru Kamiya (Saki Takei)

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