Takeru Satoh, who returns as political assassin turned wandering swordsman Himura Kenshin in next summer's Rurouni Kenshin - The Kyoto Fire and The Legend's Conclusion, posted a pair of new set photo on his official site. The new ones shows him with his new sakabatō (reverse-edge sword) and around the point of his duel with Cho Sawagejo (played by Ryosuke Miura in the movie) from the adaptation of the popular Kyoto Arc.
A staff report mentions that the shoot had to contend with bad weather and rain delays.
Actor Tatsuya Fujiwara (Death Note's Light Yagami) has been introduced as the political assassin/revolutionary villain Shishio Makoto. Keishi Otomo returns to direct the movies.
Yusuke Iseya (live action Casshern, live-action Ashita no Joe's Rikishi, 13 Assassin's Kiga Koyata) will play strength obsessed Oniwabanshū ninja Aoshi Shinomori and Ryunosuke Kamiki (Kazoku Game, Summer Wars' Kenji Koiso, Howl's Moving Castle's Markl) will play cheerful, deadly young swordaman Sōjirō Seta.
Kaito Oyagi (Abacus and Sword) will replace Taketo Tanaka for the role of Yahiko Myojin in the sequel
Ryosuke Miura (Kamen Rider OOO) will play the role of Cho Sawagejo.
Maryjun Takahashi (Fashion Story - Model) will play the role of Shishio's lover, Yumi Komagata.
Min Tanaka (The Twilight Samurai) will play the role of former Oniwabanshū leader Nenji "Okina" Kashiwazaki.
THE BOOM's Kazufumi Miyazawa will play the role of Okubo Toshimichi, a statesman and one of the three great nobles who led the Meiji Restoration.
Yukinoshi Ozawa (Hayabusa: The Long Voyage Home) will play the role of Japan's first Prime Minister, Ito Hirobumi, a historic figure who didn't factor into the original manga.