ONE OK ROCK to Perform Rurouni Kenshin ‘Final Chapter’ Live-Action Film Theme Songs, New Visual Released

26.March.2020 | MOVIE / MUSIC

The ‘Final Chapter’ film adaptations of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s popular manga series Rurouni Kenshin, titled Rurouni Kenshin: The Final and Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning, will premiere in Japan on July 3, 2020 and August 7, 2020 respectively.

 

The original Rurouni Kenshin manga, along with its anime adaptation, is an internationally beloved series the world over that has made it to over 100 countries worldwide, including North America, UK, Europe Hong Kong, South Korea, and elsewhere. It is one of the best-selling manga series, with over 72 million copies in circulation. To date, live-action film adaptations as a whole have earned over ¥12.5 billion, and have been seen by 9.8 million people in cinemas.

The Rurouni Kenshin live-action film series will conclude with The Final and The Beginning. Kenshin will once again gather together with his fellow members of the Kamiya Dōjō to face Kenshin’s greatest enemy.

 

The new visual released for the films reveal that Yūsuke Iseya will reprise his role as Shinomori Aoshi, as will Tao Tsuchiya as Makimachi Misao. When asked about returning to the film series after 6 years, Yūsuke Iseya (Shinomori Aoshi) said: “I was over the moon about it as the previous two films were really popular. It was my first time appearing in a film series so being involved has given me a wholly new experience.” He also commented on the film shoot itself: “The characters in the manga don’t age, but I do, and my 30’s mentality and 40’s mentality have been completely different <laughs>.” When asked about what he feels he accomplished during the shoot, Iseya said: “I’m always 120% grateful for the things I’ve been given the chance to do. The action team, including the directors [Keishi] Ohtomo and [Kenji] Tanigaki, really encourage the actors. They’ve given me a place where I can be at my most confident when I act. Thanks to them, I’ve had no worries, and was able to take the character’s meaning and principles to heart. I feel blessed to be an actor. I feel at ease that we’ve been able to safely finish the shoot.”

 

Tao Tsuchiya (Makimachi Misao) was asked about filming the action scenes: “It was difficult, and a lot of hard work, but even in the action scenes I made sure to portray her as having taken responsibilities on since the last film too. I think we’ve bumped up the action even more to the previous films.” She also commented on this continuation of the film series: “My dream has come true getting the opportunity to be involved in something like this, where everyone in the staff and cast are putting all their strength in […] I’m over the moon that I was born in a time where this series can be made into a live-action.”

 

ONE OK ROCK will return to perform the main theme songs for the final films. They have provided powerful tracks for each film in the live-action series so far. This has included the first film main theme The Beginning, which tells the story of the beginning of Kenshin Himura’s journey, not an assassin but a lone wolf; Mighty Long Fall , a song about despair, hope, and comeback which was used in the Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno film; and Heartache, a ballad that was used in Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends.

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