Even over a decade after it ended, Rurouni Kenshin remains popular all over the globe both as an anime and in its original manga format. The story follows Himura Kenshin, a former government assassin who has sworn to never kill again, and the constant trials he has to face dealing with the new evils that spring up in a time of peace, and to make sure that all the blood he shed to create that peace doesn't go to waste.
After seeing a more somber, serious and realistic take on Rurouni Kenshin in 1999's Trust and Betrayal OAVs, the thought of a live-action movie is sounding better and better if it's handled right. The latest reveal has shown off three new characters and their respective actors, who are almost definitely this film's main antagonists.
Veteran TV actor Eguchi Yosuke (Tokyo Love Story, Lunch no Joou) will portray popular sometimes-hero Saitou Hajime, former Shinsengumi Captain and current Tokyo police officer.
Kikkawa Kouji (Kamen Rider W) will play damaged-goods assassin Udou Jine. I'm looking forward to seeing how his memorable fight with Kenshin is portrayed.
Kagawa Teruyuki (Toshiie to Matsu) gets to flex his despicably evil acting muscles as opium dealer and all-around dirtbag Takeda Kanryuu.
Here's a few comparisons for the rest of the cast, in case you were curious:
Satou Takeru as Himura Kenshin
Takei Emi as Kamiya Kaoru
Aoki Munetaka as Sagara Sanosuke
Taketo Tanaka (debut role) as Myoujin Yahiko
Aoi Yuu as Takani Megumi
I'd say it's turning out pretty good, so far. Sano's actor looks like he'd beat me down if I looked at him funny, and while Megumi's actor looks rather young, I'm sure a full kimono and good acting can change that impression. What are your thoughts on this production? Are there any other live-action anime adaptations you particularly liked or disliked?