Additional cast members announced for live-action adaptation of “Rurouni Kenshin”

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Rock star Koji Kikkawa and actors Yosuke Eguchi and Teruyuki Kagawa joined the cast of a live-action adaptation of popular manga and anime series “Rurouni Kenshin,” it was revealed earlier this month.

The trio, who each have played starring roles in many films and TV dramas, will portray the antagonists in the samurai story.

As previously announced, the film will star Takeru Sato and Emi Takei who will play legendary swordsman Kenshin Himura and his love interest, Kaoru Kamiya, respectively.

With the gorgeous lineup of the cast members, the title has also attracted attention as it is being helmed by Keishi Otomo, director of Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK)’s celebrated samurai drama “Ryomaden.”

“Rurouni Kenshin,” aka “Samurai X,” is a popular manga series by Nobuhiro Watsuki which ran from 1994 to 1999 in Shueisha Inc.’s Shonen Jump weekly manga magazine. The comic series has about 50 million copies in print and spawned an animated TV series in 1996, followed by original home-video animations and a feature film adaptation.

It has gained a solid worldwide fan base and is known as one of the most recognized manga titles from Japan.

In the live-action adaptation, Sato will play the role of Kenshin, a legendary assassin who helped overthrow the Tokugawa Shogunate to establish a modern government.

He swears to himself not to kill again after the Meiji Restoration in 1868.
Kikkawa will portray Jin-e Udo, a former assassin who acts as a contract killer to satisfy his blood lust.

Eguchi will play the role of Hajime Saito, leader of the third squad of the Shinsengumi, a vigilante corps formed by loyalists to the Tokugawa Shogunate. He serves as a police officer for the Meiji government after the restoration.
Kagawa, who co-starred in director Otomo’s “Ryomaden” drama series with Sato, will be Kanryu Takeda, a treacherous merchant who plots to build his own empire.

The movie is expected to feature gripping action sequences and poignant dramatic scenes, which are certain to be delivered by the seasoned veterans.

The live-action adaptation is slated for release in summer 2012 by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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