Tatsuya Fujiwara signs on for two live-action "Rurouni Kenshin" sequels

By kevin on July 04, 2013 at 3:03am EDT

Takeru Satoh and Tatsuya Fujiwara and their Rurouni Kenshin manga counterparts

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.

Returning cast members include Emi Takei as Kamiya Kaoru, Yu Aoi as Takani Megumi, Munetaka Aoki as Sagara Sanosuke, and Yosuke Eguchi as the anti-hero Saitō Hajime.

Filming will take place on the outskirts of the Kanto region and central Kyoto. The films will be released sequentially next summer.

Sources: Eiga.com, Anime News Network

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