“Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno,” the first of a two-part sequel to a 2012 hit about a pacifist swordsman in early-modern-era Japan, is finally in the cinemas! And just like its predecessor, the sequel has the makings of an international blockbuster. 

Action, humor and sparkles of romance, the first half of this epic two-part finale, "Kyoto Inferno" finds the reformed assassin desperately trying to avoid the violence promised in the next film. This live-action adaptation covers a mix of the first two story arcs of both the anime and manga. This time, Kenshin (played once again by Takeru Satoh) has found an idyllic life in Edo (Tokyo) with kendo instructor Kaoru (Emi Takei) and other friends. However, all that changes when news that another former government assassin, Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara), is on the loose and looking to overthrow the fledgling Meiji government. Kenshin's former superiors go to him for help, and the red-haired warrior, who swore an oath not to kill again, agrees, sadly turning his back on the peace that he found, and leaving his new friends worried that he will turn back into the bloodthirsty killer he once was.

With the huge following among Filipino audiences as evidenced by its record-setting run at the box-office last year, Japanese director Keishi Otomo and actors Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei and Munetaka Aoki flew to Manila earlier this month to grace the Asian Premiere of Rurouni Kenshin. 

Otomo-san dished out his own thoughts about the sequels in the an interview.thoughts about the sequels in the following interview. "With the first movie, our motto was ‘do the impossible’; this time it was ‘overdo the impossible’ (Laughs)." 

According to him, they tried to make a movie out of flesh and blood and that the most important thing is that all of the characters express themselves through the battles they find themselves in. 

When asked whether Takeru Satoh really pulled everything together, "There are roles that mark a turning point in an actor’s career. The encounter of Takeru Satoh and Kenshin was an encounter of very rare timing. A miracle among miracles, I think."

" As a guy like him plays Kenshin, through the Kenshin he portrays, you can find young people’s aesthetic idea of what is a ‘cool guy’. And by doing that, ‘cool’ as they define it combines with our generation’s definition of the samurai as ‘cool’. That dynamism, that interest, creates an approach to universality whose potential you can really feel," he added.

Watch the trailer below!

From YouTube User WBPhilTrailers

The trailer is not long but it does make us excited for another epic film invigorated with amazing sword stunts, standard comic humor and compelling plot, just like the first one.

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