During the Jump Festa 21 event, actor Takeru Satoh appeared in a stage presentation for the two-part Rurouni Kenshin “The Final” movies. Of course, fans might know him for his role as Kenshin Himura in those films. There, he revealed that the movie itself will have an original story, which is quite different from the manga.
The Kamen Rider Den-O actor explained that he was worried that mangaka Nobuhiro Watsuki won’t like the original story. However, Watsuki sent a letter saying that he felt really immersed while watching the two movies. Satoh then says that once he read the mangaka’s thoughts on the films, he felt relieved.
The movie previously halted its production due to COVID-19. Director Keishi Ootomo previously announced that the film studio has shut down after the Japanese government announced the state of emergency. Because of this, production has now also shut down. And while they have already finished filming, there was still a lot of post-production work and preparations for the release. But Ootomo also assured fans that the new release date also means that the films’ quality will also go higher. The films were originally slated to premiere in Japan on July 3 and August 7 respectively. Now. the first movie, The Final, will premiere on April 23, 2021, while the second movie, The Beginning, will premiere on June 4, 2021.
Takeru Satoh is reprising his role as Kenshin “Battousai” Himura for these latest films, and so will many of the cast. Other cast members include Emi Takei as Kaoru Kamiya, Munetaka Aoki as Sanosuke Sagara, and Yuu Aoi as Megumi Takani. Riku Oonishi is also joining the cast, replacing Kaito Ooyagi as Yahiko Myojin. And finally, Takeru Satoh is reprising his role as Kenshin Himura for the films.
Director Keishi Ootomo will be returning from the original trilogy to direct the two films. Warner Bros. has confirmed that these will be the final films for the franchise, and it will be covering the final arc from Watsuki’s beloved manga., which is the Jinchuu arc, though it will have a bit of a different story. “The Final” will follow Kenshin’s conflict with the mysterious arms dealer, Enishi. Meanwhile, The Beginning will be a prequel of sorts, and will tell the story of how Kenshin got his iconic scar.
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Source: Cinema Today