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RUROUNI KENSHIN's Live-Action Film Success Earns A Trilogy
According to the hype over at Anime News Network, the successful adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin has garnered a sequel.. The first film of the franchise, Rurouni Kenshin is based on the popularly syndicated series of manga novels by Nobuhiro Watsuki in 1994, which also garnered several animated video and film installments thereafter. It stars Takeru Satoh in the lead role as Kenshin Himura, a Meiji-era wartime assassin-turned-wanderer in 19th century Japan, seeking atonement for his killings, who is forced to use his sword again to defend a Kendo school, its owner and its surrounding community against an opium dealing crimeboss, his henchman, and a skilled swordsman from his own past. The film also starred Emi Takei, Yu Aoi, Munetaka Aoki, Sanosuke Sagara, Taketo Tanaka, Teruyuki Kagawa and Koji Kikkawa and was written for the screen by Kiyomi Fujii and director Keishi Otomo.
The film debuted at the top of the Japan Box Office upon its premiere on August 25, 2012, reportedly having earned over 2.5 billion yen in its first month, and earning $60 million dollars worldwide prior to its home release on December 26, 2012.
Production begins this summer covering the Kyoto arc, with Satoh reprising his role. Check out the trailer for the first film after the jump.
QUESTION: Did you see the first movie? If so, what did you think? And are you looking forward to a trilogy?
The past year or so have lended an ample opportunity to familiarize myself with the work of actor and producer Alexander Nevsky in lieu of his upcoming April 28 U.S. release, Black Rose. The film marks his directorial debut wherein he also stars in a formula slightly different from his usually known action star persona from his film career in Russia, and joined by none other than actress Kristanna Loken.
With the film a little over a week away from its limited theatrical release courtesy of ITN, we've already had the pleasure of sharing questions with one of the film's guest stars, actor Matthias Hues in which he delves deeply into his career history, progression and plans for the future. The same goes for Loken who now takes center stage in this week's interview following Hues which also briefly highlights something interesting about the new movie, as well as a little about herself in the years since making strides as the formidable cybernetic supervillain in Terminator …
Currently stemming from Florida's independent film scene is Victor Rios with his directorial debut, Fury Of The Dragon. Rios helms from the creative auspices of 333 Pictures and Frank Films, and cinematographer Armin Alic who co-helmed the 2015 indie action thriller, Room 236., and with a cast that brings actor Lilo Brancato and Wade Williams to the forefront of the tale of a mysterious vigilante on the streets of America and a detective who may or may not be out to stop him.
The film is currently in production with plans currently set for its own trilogy and it's early days at the moment. In the meantime, peep the teaser below and stay tuned for more info as it arises.
It was to be expected since its confirmation in late 2015, and now it looks as if things will officially take shape for the spin-off corner of Universal Pictures's Fast And Furious saga. On Friday, new report from Deadline presented news on good terms that the studio is keen on efforts to manifest a spin-off that will join action movie stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in their own movie with a script by franchise scribe Chris Morgan.
The news comes following the latest release of the eighth installment of the high speed action movie franchise, The Fate Of The Furious, and while I won't divulge the specific twists and details that outline the prospects of this union, the film did greatly in invoking a buddy element that would bode well for both actors in their current positive chemistry. Ironically it also comes in the wake of other news that the film would have been signaled by an end credits scene filmed by producer Neal Moritz with Johnson and Statham featured which F…