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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    Eight years have passed since the release of the first film in the series. Speaking about involvement, Yōsuke Eguchi said: “Getting to continue playing Saitō like thisーand getting to play the same role for this many year isn’t something that happens, so I’m truly honoured. On the other hand, it’s precisely because I’ve built up this character for so long that I can’t just walk away now. Plus, there are things I’m not free to do. The first thing that springs to mind was how difficult the shoot was this time around. It lasted over half a year, and during that time I had to constantly maintain a feeling of tension. But when I think about how these films link to the others, it makes me think how unbelievable of a film they really are <laughs>.” 

     

    He also elaborated on how it was to shoot for both The Final and The Beginning, as well as the conflict between Kenshin and Saitō. “I put quite a bit of energy into them [the films]. The stories in ‘The Final’ and ‘The Beginning’ are completely different, so the way we deliver the lines as well as our tones change. They enter a new era with Meiji following the Bakumatsu. Kenshin and Saitō also change along with those societal changes, which is a highlight of the films. I believe those contrasts make these two films worth seeing.”

     

    The first on-set photo of Eguchi as Saitō was also released, which shows him in a scene on a train with Enishi.

     

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    Mackenyu’s character Enishi is an arms dealer on the black market in Mainland China. He’s the main antagonist of the Jinchū Arc, who desires nothing more than to destroy Kenshin and everything associated with him.

     

    Speaking about his thoughts receiving the offer to be involved with his first Ruroni Kenshin role, Mackenyu revealed: “I actually received the offer some years ago, and was incredibly happy about it. But I never imagined what performing in such a famous franchise would be like, nor how the film shoots would go for the action scenes.”

     

    The film’s producer, Koiwai, touched on how they decided on the offer to Mackenyu so quickly. “It’s not possible to adapt a live-action version of the Jinshu Arc without having an actor that can play the role of Enishi, who is such a unique character. An actor who’s still young, has an international presence, and can corner Kenshin with intense action scenes and skilful acting. I don’t think there’s anyone else but Mackenyu, so I had him meet the director, Ohtomo, during the planning stages.”

     

    Ohtomo, the film director, commented on Mackenyu: “When we met, I was captivated by the strength of his straightforward gaze. I remember clear as day when I went immediately to the producer and said there’s no one else but him. To play Enichi’s role, you need to look very youthful as well as sinister. And beneath of all that, you need a pureness and delicateness that’s like descending into madness. His body and sensibility looks far from being Japanese when wearing Enichi’s trademark white hair and orange clothes. He exhibits more than enough potential to be a threat to Kenshin. Without a doubt, his fresh charms have the force to pull this new series.”

     

    Ruroni Kenshin never fails to meet fans’ expectations when it comes to the incredible quality of its action scenes. The action can be credited to Kenji Tanigaki, the action director and stunt coordinator. Looking back at the action scene shoots, Mackenyu said: “They were hard, but I was somehow able to get through it while being supported by the director Ohotomo, the action director Tanigaki, and the action team. My body cried out as the number of shoots piled up each day, but it was a really great experience in the end.”

     

    Mackenyu continues: “There’s a lot of action right from the get-go. I went through a hard time with scenes like when Kenshin and Enichi meet, and the battle that ensues with Kenshin, so I really want people to see it [the film]. I’m a fan too, I watched the last three films. These films are a lot of fun too, so please look forward to seeing themーand to seeing Enichi.”

     

    The first trailer for Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final/The Beginning will be released next week, on February 21, 2020.

     

    ©Nobuhiro Watsuki / Shueisha ©2020 “Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final/The Beginning” Production Committee

  • ONE OK ROCK World Tour Documentary to Cover North America & Europe Shows

    11.October.2019 | MUSIC

    ONE OK ROCK are knee-deep in the Japan leg of their ongoing world tour which is being held in promotion of their latest record Eye of the Storm. As they continue smashing out shows, it has just been announced that the North America and Europe legs of the tour will be covered in an upcoming documentary on NHK in Japan.

    The band performed in North America back in February and March, followed by Europe in May and US & Mexico in July. The band members and staff have been sleeping aboard their tour bus while travelling from city to city. Since 2012, the band has endeavored to perform live around the world. The documentary will be their first ever and an exclusive look for fans into their tour life.

     

    The members released the following statement regarding the documentary: “Our documentary will be broadcast [on TV] and will cover the overseas legs of our Eye of the Storm tour, including North America and Europe, which began in February this year! If you watch this program, even if not everything, you might learn a little bit about our lives as ONE OK ROCK, so please be sure to check it out!”

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