LOOK: Kenshin, Sojiro in 'Rurouni Kenshin' sequel

Posted at 12/30/2013 4:06 PM | Updated as of 12/30/2013 4:41 PM

MANILA – A number of Japanese entertainment news websites have published photos of the newly released production stills of the second installment of the “Rurouni Kenshin” live action movie.

In the new set of photos, protagonist Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satoh) encounters Juppongatana member Sojiro Seta (Ryunosuke Kamiki) shortly after the latter assassinates Toshimichi Okubo (Kazufumi Miyazawa), an influential leader of the Meiji restoration.

Similar to the original “Rurouni Kenshin” manga and anime, Seta assassinates Okubo in his horse-drawn carriage in the upcoming movie sequel.

Takeru Satoh as Kenshin Himura (left) and Ryunosuke Kamiki as Sojiro Seta prepare for a scene in the “Rurouni Kenshin” live action sequel, as shown in this recently released production still.
This production still gives a look at the carriage where Toshimichi Okubo (Kazufumi Miyazawa) was assassinated.
Kamiki (left) talks to Satoh as their respective characters in this “Rurouni Kenshin” production still released online.
This production still shows Okubo in his carriage, shortly before he was assassinated.
Seta escapes after assassinating Okubo in this production still.

According to the Anime News Network, the photos were released on December 24 but these were filmed last September 13 at Koko-en Garden in Himeji, Japan.

It said that Kamiki, who plays the role of Seta, has always been a fan of the “Rurouni Kenshin” manga.

“Look! Shukuchi!” Kamiki was quoted as telling Satoh two years ago, referring to one of Seta’s signature techniques.

The first teaser for the first part of the “Rurouni Kenshin” live action sequel was released on YouTube last December 19.

Tatsuya Fujiwara, who played Light Yagami in the “Death Note” live action films and Shuya Nanahara in “Battle Royale,” is seen taking on the role of the burnt and bandaged antagonist Makoto Shishio in the teaser for “Rurouni Kenshin 2: The Great Kyoto Fire Arc.”

Early this month, photos of the characters who will be part of the two-part sequel of the live action movie were released on the “Rurouni Kenshin” website.

Screened in Japan in August 2012, “Rurouni Kenshin” was shown in selected SM cinemas for a limited time in December last year.