The word is out and the U.K. is readying itself for a dose of explosive samurai sword-clasing action with director Otomo Keishi's summer blockbuster success story, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno. The film is the second of a trilogy as the first of a two part finale following the first film's release back in 2012, and to much critical and commercial acclaim at that.

Actor Satoh Takeru stars in the title role opposite actor Fujiwara Tatsuya, based on the work of manga author Nobuhiro Watsuki, in a tale that now sees Kenshin, a masterless samurai trying to live the quiet life while once vowing never to kill with his sword ever again, facing a newer threat to Japan in the form of the vicious Shishio Makoto and his squadron of anti-government mercs, the Juppongatana. The film was released in Japan back in August, followed by a multi-territorial rollout spanning throughout Asia, in addition to acquiring festival screenings in New Zealand/Australia for the Japanaese Film Festival, as well as the Los Angeles Eigafest, both back in September. The film also surpassed the legacy of its  predecessor to become Japan's number one movie of 2014. I shit you, not.

So, yes. It's a pretty big deal, and one that fans of Asian cinema can rely on for a hell of a good time at the cinema. And if you live in the U.K., that time will arrive promptly on November 28, 2014.

Based on the wildly-popular samurai manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki, comes the epic action sequel fans have been waiting for! 
Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satoh) is a legendary swordsman, a hero in the wars preceding the turbulent fall of Japan’s Shogunate in the 19th century. Once feared as ‘Battosai the Killer’, with the arrival of the new Japanese age and nursing the pain of losing many of his companions he is now a lone wanderer, roaming the land seeking to be of service to those in need.  Fate however, had taken hold of Kenshin’s future and was now guiding him toward a new destiny. 
Without warning he is summoned by Home Minister Toshimichi Okubo (Kazufumi Miyazawa), and is informed that Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara), his successor in the service of the new government, believed to be dead, is in fact both alive and plotting in Kyoto. Driven by a burning revenge Shishio commands a private army of bloodthirsty mercenaries and is planning to overthrow the government and will stop at nothing to take control. In that moment it becomes clear why he has been summoned; Kenshin is the only man alive who can find Shishio… and stop him. 
Kenshin must summon every warrior skill he possesses to fight dangerous and brutal enemies along fate’s journey; leading to the ultimate bloody confrontation… blade on blade, soul against soul. 
Takei Emi and Iseya Yusuke also star. Watch the U.K. trailer below and stay tuned for more details!


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