In June 2011, Warner Brothers Japan and Studio Swan announced that a live-action film adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga series had been green-lit and had begun pre-production. The film stars Takeru Satō as Himura Kenshin and Emi Takei as Kamiya Kaoru. Keishi Ōtomo directed the live-action film and premiered in Japanese theaters on August 25th, 2012. The film did exceptionally well in box office grosses, earning over 300 million yen (over 5 million USD) on its opening weekend, beating out summer blockbusters including the Avengers. On September 1st, 2012, director Keishi Otomo and Takeru Satō announced that Rurouni Kenshin has been licensed for internation distribution in over 60 countries, and 17 more are still currently in negotiation.
|Name: Rurouni Kenshin|
|Romaji: Rurouni Kenshin|
|Release Date: August 25, 2012|
|Runtime: 134 min.|
Differences between the manga and the film Edit
- In the manga, Saitō Hajime meets Kenshin again by going to Kaoru's dojo to warn him about Shishio. In the film, Saitō meets Kenshin in the prison while investigating about the assassinations assumed by Battousai.
- In the manga, Takeda hires the Oniwabanshu as bodyguards. In the film, the Oniwabanshu is absent, instead, Takeda hires Gein and Banjin as bodyguards and Udō Jin-e as agent.
- In the manga, the character behind the assassinations assumed by Battousai is Hiruma Gohei. In the film, Udō Jin-e is the one behind the assassinations.
- In the manga, Sagara Sanosuke meets Kenshin after making a deal with the Hiruma brothers, has his Zambatou cutted by Kenshin and is defeated by him, before Kenshin even met Udō Jin-e and Kanryu Takeda. In the film, Sanosuke meets Kenshin in the prison, when Kenshin had already met Udō Jin-e, and after been released makes an offer to Kanryu Takeda, but ultimately drops, and he's not defeated by Kenshin, neither Kenshin cuts his Zambatou.
- In the manga, Kenshin beats Takeda with the help of Oniwabanshu. In the film, Kenshin defeats Takeda with the help of Sanosuke and Hajime Saitō.
- In the manga, the battle against Udō Jin-e happens before Kenshin met Megumi. In the film, Kenshin fights Udo after Megumi is rescued from Takeda.