MANILA, Philippines – Fans of “Rurouni Kenshin” or “Samurai X” in the Philippines are in for a treat as the live action film adaptation of the hit manga and anime series will hit selected cinemas in the country in December.
On its official Facebook and Twitter accounts, SM Cinema said “Rurouni Kenshin” will have its Philippine premiere on December 5.
“Rurouni Kenshin opens exclusively on SM Cinema on December 5! SM Cinema’s early Christmas present to all the fans of Kenshin,” SM Cinema told its nearly 85,000 fans on Facebook as it posted a photo of the movie’s poster.
|Part of the poster of the live action film adaptation of "Rurouni Kenshin." Photo from SM Cinema's Facebook page
“The SM Cinema #CinExclusive Rurouni Kenshin #SamuraiX will be shown starting Dec. 5. Pls RT to spread the good news!” SM said on Twitter, where it has over 5,800 followers.
Filipino Internet users quickly expressed their excitement over the screening of “Rurouni Kenshin” in the Philippines.
“SA WAKAS! Ang tagal ko tong inaantay,” said Facebook user Daniel Joseph Narcelles.
“Yes! Finally!” added user Chidori John.
Others, meanwhile, continue to doubt the announcement following earlier pullouts made by SM Cinema about the Philippine release of “Rurouni Kenshin.”
“Grabe totoo ba ‘yan?” said user Elein Kummer.
“Baka naman gabi ng December 4 mag-announce na naman ng postponement,” said user Jesmar Joseph Catuiran.
To which SM Cinema responded: “Nope, Jesmar. This is the official release date. We’ll start selling tickets soon. Please keep visiting www.smcinema.com for updates.”
Released in the '90s, “Rurouni Kenshin” tells the story of Himura Kenshin, an assassin who became a wanderer who protects the people of Japan.
Watch the trailer of the series’ live action film adaptation below.