The theatrical release for Rurouni Kenshin isn't until August 25th, but from the 13th through the 16th, they're doing premieres in four major metropolitan areas. These premieres occur in Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo and Fukuoka, and include the director, Keishi Otomo, and the actor playing the starring role, Takeru Sato doing introductions and greeting the audience. In the Nagoya theater, some seven hundred fans came out in the morning heat to fill the theater to standing room only.
The two Osaka appearances also included the actress who plays Kaoru Kamiya, Emi Takei as well as the actor who plays Sanosuke Sagara, Munetaka Aoki.
Sato mentioned that as a kid on his way home from school, he would play doing the Gatotsu sword technique or some Hiten Miturugi Ryuu fencing style. He added, "So I knew from the start what a high hurdle it would be to play Kenshin."
During one of the appearances, Director Otomo mentioned that, "The swordfight action scenes are envisioned as the clash of two human beings, so instead of CGI and stuntmen, the actors playing the parts trained and practiced to perform the action scenes themselves. So you won't see a lot of CGI, but rather feel the sweat behind the characters performing live action!"
In Osaka, Mr. Aoki noted about the action scenes that, "We were very-much into them! As we were doing them, the adrenaline really flowed!"
Takei told about one of her toughest scenes, "I read it in the script and couldn't figure out how I'd manage it, but when it came time, I put my heart into it, and the tears flowed, then my nose began to run and I even started to drool a little… (laughs)"
The final premiere is scheduled to be held tomorrow (on the 16th).
Update: Intrepid Crunchyroll reporter Mikikazu Komatsu found a video of one of the Osaka appearances on the web!
Will you be watching the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film?