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Rurouni Kenshin premieres in United States
The movie Rurouni Kenshin will finally premiere in United States as an opening selection for the 2012 Los Angeles Eiga Fest on from December 14 to December 16 and it will be showing with English subtitles, rather than voice overs… Why am I not living in Los Angeles?!
For those that are wondering, LA Eiga Fest is a festival hosted by the Japan Film Society in conjunction with American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre, both based in Los Angeles, California. Eiga means Film in Japanese, so the festival pretty much means Film Fest.
If you don’t live in Japan or United States, be sure to check out whether your country is going to premiere, because there are several countries around the world that plan to premiere Rurouni Kenshin!
Japanese Rurouni Kenshin Blu-Ray & DVD Release date
The Blu-Ray and DVD release of the Rurouni Kenshin movie is going to be released in Japan on December 26, 2012 in the form of two editions. None in United States yet… Sorry! However, if you want to buy… You could head over to Amazon or ASmart and preorder right now.
Blu-ray: JPY3990 (US$50)
DVD: JPY2980 (US$37)
Comes in a special box, with special digipack, a soundtrack, and a Rurouni Kenshin notebook. Other content also include cast and staff commentary, TV spots, behind-the-scenes, and all the trailers included, plus One OK Rock’s MV of “The Beginning”. – source
Blu-Ray: JPY6930 (US$86)
DVD: JPY5985 (US$75)
Sequel Rurouni Kenshin movie announced
No, you didn’t misread! Rurouni Kenshin sequel is in the plans! According to this article in the Spanish website DeCulture, during the XVIII Salón del Manga de Barcelona (a convention of some kind), the studio Mediatres Estudio surprised everyone by announcing the existence of a sequel for the live action movie of Rurouni Kenshin, which will be renamed as The Samurai Warrior (Guerrero Samurái). Why the rename? I have no friggin idea, the Spanish have been referring to the movie as El Guerrero Samurái since before the sequel has been released… I guess that because they will be producing the sequel, it would be called as such… I don’t like it! But whatever, no big deal.
Anyway, I will translate the brief article after the first paragraph for you so you can read for yourself:
Spanish Article Translation:
According to Mediatres, they are already in Japan and working on the project and it will be faithful to the manga. Unfortunately, they did not offer anymore details, but it’s a great surprise for every fan out there that loved the movie and, of course, the mangaka Nobuhiro Watsuki’s mangas.
The first movie, baptized by Spain as The Samurai Warrior, will be in our movie theatres between January and February of 2013. It is expected that they will be shown in very specific theatres, and not everywhere in the nation.
The DVD and Blu-ray domestic edition will be available in April 2013, at same time as 31 Comics International Conventionof Barcelona. Also it will be available as a streaming movie in the website Filmin.
I have to wonder, though… Why did they say they will stay faithful to the manga, yet want to change the name of the story from Rurouni Kenshin to The Samurai Warrior? I don’t get it.