Feeble Japanese remake of an unimpressive Korean original has no atmosphere.
Movie version of the popular manga has a fresh feel and finally delivers the goods.
Shield of Straw
Two hours of above-average pulpy action entertainment from the reliable Miike Takashi.
Dearest makes early start at China box office
B.O. slightly below American Dreams in China
Kenshin dethrones Doraemon in Japan
Guardians of the Galaxy opens third-placed
Kenshin sequel heats up Japan box office
Best domestic live-action opening of the year
Summer HKIFF announces line-up
Includes local premieres of two local films
Frozen momentum cooling in Japan
Noah opens second-placed
Frozen extends winning streak in Japan
Pompeii opens fifth-placed
X-Men and Monsterz fail to stop Frozen in Japan
Frozen now 3rd in all-time ranking
Rurouni Kenshin sequels set Philippines release
Original had country's biggest opening for a Japanese film
Deauville Asian opens with No Man's Land
Tributes to Tsai, Nakata and Malani Fonseka
Hentai Kamen hero-worshipped in New York
Manga adaptation wins NYAFF audience prize; Daniel A. Craft Award launched
Nakata Hideo to remake Haunters
Adaptation of South Korean supernatural thriller to shoot this month
UFOs land at Japan Cuts
Sharp edge of Japanese film culture to visit NY
Gaga to sell Rorouni Kenshin
Adaptation of iconic manga backed by Warner
Rurouni Kenshin gets two-part sequel
By Stephen Cremin
Wed, 03 July 2013, 14:30 PM (HKT)
The high-concept samurai film Rurouni Kenshin るろうに剣心 (2012) is to continue its big screen adventure with a two-part sequel already in production.
WATSUKI Nobuhiro 和月伸宏's original manga series, which runs to 28 volumes, ended its run in 1999. Before the release of last year's movie adaptation it had already sold 55 million copies.
News of the two-part sequel first broke in the monthly Jump Square (ジャンプスクエア) manga anthology, which revealed that the new films would follow the Kyoto arc storyline from the comic series.
The Jump Square website revealed yesterday — see picture — that the two films will be released next summer, this time pairing Sato Takeru with FUJIWARA Tatsuya 藤原竜也 as a former government assassin.
The two-part sequel has large export potential.
The original broke box office records for a Japanese title in the Philippines through Pioneer Films, and was the highest grossing Japanese release in Singapore in four years through Encore Films Pte Ltd 創藝電影.
Fujiwara — recently seen in MIIKE Takashi 三池崇史's Cannes' competition title Shield of Straw 藁の楯 (2013) — has also been cast in NAKATA Hideo 中田秀夫's Monsterz ＭＯＮＳＴＥＲＺ (2014), which starts shooting this month.