Movie version of the popular manga has a fresh feel and finally delivers the goods.
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By Patrick Frater
Thu, 19 July 2012, 11:05 AM (HKT)
Gaga will handle all territories worldwide except Japan and North America. Warner itself is planning a major release for the film in Japan from 25 Aug.
The comic book series about a legendary assassin who repents and becomes a wanderer, protecting the common people of Japan, is one of the biggest ever manga franchises. Written by WATSUKI Nobuhiro 和月伸宏 in the 1990s, the series sold over 57 million copies in Japan alone and has high visibility abroad, having been translated into 23 languages.
The Rurouni Kenshin stories (sometimes also known as Samurai X) have been previously adapted as a trio of anime series in the 1990s, an animated film in 1997 and a number of animated spin offs or 'original video adaptations' (OVA).
Last year it was also announced that a new animated film would be made, produced by Studio Deen and directed by the original TV series director FURUHASHI Kazuhiro 古橋一浩.