In 2012, Takeru Satoh starred in director Keishi Otomo’s hugely successful live-action adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin manga. On Tuesday it was revealed that Satoh and Otomo will return for two sequels to be released in 2014 and actor Tatsuya Fujiwara has signed on to play the primary antagonist of the films.
In the new movies, titled Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen and Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen, Fujiwara will play former government assassin Shishio Makoto, a ruthless yet charismatic character who’s popular among fans.
Satoh will reprise his role of Himura Kenshin, a legendary assassin who leaves his former life behind and makes a vow never to kill again. The new films are based on the Kyoto arc from the manga and will revolve around Shishio’s desperate struggle to overthrow the government.
Filming will take place on the outskirts of the Kanto region and central Kyoto. The films will be released sequentially next summer.