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Friday, July 25, 2014

Rurouni Kenshin Stars and Director to Attend Philippine Premiere

UP CLOSE: Fans will be seeing these amazing actors in the flesh. Takeru Sato (Kenshin Himura),  Emi Tanaka (Kaoru Kamiya),
Aoki Muneteka (Sanosuke Sagara)

While every other fangirl is going gaga over the recently released Fifty Shades of Grey trailer (I'm not a fan-really) a whole different spectrum of fangirls and boys were going gaga over the confirmed news that the cast and director of Warner Bros. Pictures Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno will be attending the Philippine Premiere. 

Wait! What? Yes - boys and girls (or in my case, young adults) you have that right! Actors Takeru Sato (Kenshin Himura), actress Emi Tanaka (Kaoru Kamiya), actor Aoki Muneteka (Sanosuke Sagara) along with director Keishi Otomo will be attending the invitational red carpet premiere on August 6 at SM Megamall. There is also a scheduled Public Press conference with the media and fans on August 7 at the Glorieta Activity Center in Makati. 

The announcement was made today by William Ireton, President & Representative Director of Warner Entertainment Japan Inc., and Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines. 

Now this is BIG news for fans and followers of the scarred wandering samurai who has always had a special place in the hearts of his Filipino fans. It's amazing to think that when the first Rurouni Kenshin film came out in 2012, it seemed that it would not even be shown locally but after four months from it's release in Japan, the movie was released in the Philippines and has become the largest grossing Japanese film in the Philippines. Looking back at my blog post/movie review here. I remember that there were sold out screenings and people had to wait 4-5 hours until the next screening. Fans watched the movie 2-3 times in the cinema and it was always a full house.   

During the big announcement Ireton also said that “We are thrilled to bring director Keishi Otomo and castmembers Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei and Munetaka Aoki to Manila so they can personally thank and engage with the loyal fans of `Rurouni Kenshin.' The Philippines is a very important market for the franchise as proven by the outstanding box-office success in Manila of the first `Rurouni Kenshin' film in 2013.”
Soliven also said: “Moviegoers in the Philippines have helped create a wave of anticipation and excitement for the `Rurouni Kenshin' sequels and the upcoming talent visit is a much welcome recognition of the fans' ardent support. 

I should say so there were so many online petitions to have the movie screened here the first time around, fans are just happy they didn't have to go through all that for the sequels.

If you have been reading the blog you would know that I have been blogging a lot about the Rurouni Kenshin films. So much so that I was actually given a movie poster of the first movie :P 

A Happy Me with my Rurouni Kenshin poster back in January of 2013. 

I guess the fact that Warner Bros. had a special exhibit of Rurouni Kenshin costumes used in the movie during Toycon was already a sign - a sign - that all of this would be possible. 

Rurouni Kenshin exhibit during Toycon, that's me reading the information that came with the actual costumes that were used in the movie, I guess now, we won't just get to see the costumes eh? 

This news is a testament to the real power of the fans. If you would ask a High School me (I was in High School when I first became enthralled with the anime) - if this would ever be possible I would have told you never, ever but now seeing all of this come to pass it just goes to show that anything can happen. Come on August - hurry up! 

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno hits local cinemas on August 20. 
Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends will premiere locally on September 24. 


  1. Hi.. is the aug. 6 premiere just invitational? Will they not sell even just limited invites/tickets for that date??? :(

  2. They have announced the screen date and tickets will be sold. There will be a special advance screening only for invited media only.

  3. So the premier on Aug. 6 will be exclusively for media people only? That's saaaad. :( Thanks tho.

  4. Go watch it during regular screening is on August 20, 2014. As mentioned previously August 6th is for press media exclusive invites only.