MANILA – Filipino fans can expect a “leveled up” sequel to the well-received “Rurouni Kenshin” live action movie, which is set to hit theaters nationwide on Wednesday.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News’ Ginger Conejero during their brief visit to Manila early this month for the Asian premiere of “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno,” director Keishi Otomo said it was quite a challenge to surpass what they have achieved in the first movie.
“Of course for the first film, it’s the first time they’ve seen those things. So maybe that alone was already a surprise for them – the action scenes and all those things. For the second movie, I made sure that we can’t do the same thing as the first one. So whether it’s the drama part or the action, or how it was filmed, we all have to level up the entire production. But it was a fun challenge for me to tackle,” Otomo said through a translator.
Lead star Takeru Satoh, who plays the role of Kenshin Himura, on the other hand, said “Kyoto Inferno” highlights the importance of choosing one’s battles.
“Everything is really for someone else… When you choose to fight, it has to be that your purpose is someone else’s welfare. If it doesn’t do good for someone else, you choose not to fight,” Satoh said.
For his part, Munetaka Aoki, who takes on the character of Sanosuke Sagara in the movie, believes that “Kyoto Inferno” has its own appeal because it can transcend language barriers, citing its action-packed scenes.
“That’s something that goes beyond borders,” he said.
When asked by Conejero if fans can expect a “kissing scene” in the movie, Otomo said: “Culturally, the Japanese during that era, they don’t express affection or love through a kiss. It’s the touching of the cheek. It’s already a very good show of affection.”
“In that era, the relationship between a man and a woman is very strict because if you remember, Kaoru (Emi Takei) and Kenshin were not a couple. They’re not married and they’re not boyfriend/girlfriend, so they are just friends. All the more, he feels that there’s such an emotion that appears in their relationship in that moment.”
Meanwhile, the director and cast of “Rurouni Kenshin” said they were pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome that they received from fans during their visit to Manila.
“I was really surprised… with so many people coming. The passion that was behind their faces was a big surprise for me,” Satoh said.
Read ABS-CBNnews.com’s spoiler-free review of “Kyoto Inferno” here.
To know more about the stars and director of “Kyoto Inferno”, click here.
Read ABS-CBNnews.com’s review of the 2012 “Rurouni Kenshin” movie here.