More characters in 'Rurouni Kenshin 2' unveiled


Posted at Jan 02 2014 07:22 PM | Updated as of Jan 03 2014 03:24 AM

The members of the Juppongatana as seen in a production still for the two-part sequel of the “Rurouni Kenshin” live action movie.

MANILA – More characters have been revealed as the release date of the two-part sequel of the “Rurouni Kenshin” live action movie nears.

The official website of the “Rurouni Kenshin” live action movie recently unveiled a production still showing members of the elite group Juppongatana along with its leader, the burnt and bandaged Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara).

Fans had a first glimpse of the live-action version of Shishio in a teaser released last December 19.

Aside from Sojiro Seta (Ryunosuke), who is Shishio’s right-hand man, other members of the Juppongatana include Cho Sawagejo (Ryosuke Miura), Hoji Sadojima (Kenichi Takito), Anji Yukyuzan (Tomomi Maruyama), Usui Uonuma (Matsu Murata), Kamatari Honjo (Hiroko Yashiki), Henya Kariwa (Yuuya Hara), Iwanbo (Takao Yamada), Saizuchi (Kentaro Shimazu) and Fuji (Kota Yamaguchi).

Also revealed were the release dates of the two films in Japan. “Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire” will premiere on August 1, followed by “Rurouni Kenshin: The End of a Legend” on September 13.

Other members of the cast were also introduced, such as Shishio’s lover Yumi Komagata portrayed by Maryjun Takahashi.

This production still shows Yumi Komagata as portrayed by Maryjun Takahashi.

Prominent political figures Toshimichi Okubo and Hirobumi Ito are played by Kazufumi Miyazawa and Yukiyoshi Ozawa, respectively.

Kazufumi Miyazawa plays Toshimichi Okubo, as seen in this production still.

A recently released production still shows Yukiyoshi Ozawa as Hirobumi Ito.

Kaito Oyagi, meanwhile, replaces Taketo Tanaka for the role of young boy Myojin Yahiko.

The first “Rurouni Kenshin” live action movie was shown in selected SM cinemas for a limited time in December 2012, a few months after its release in Japan.

Click here for's review of the first “Rurouni Kenshin” live action movie.