Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final, based on Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin manga, grossed over ¥745 million (approximately $6.9 million) in its opening weekend. The film opened in Japan on April 23 and as of Monday, the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film series has sold over 10 million tickets. The second film, Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning, will be released on June 4th. The films were supposed to debut on July 3 and August 7 of last year, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they were pushed back to this year.
The story begins when Kenshin is confronted by his Brother-in-Law, Yukishiro Enishi, whose sister (Kenshins first wife) was killed by him. Jinchu (Human Punishment) is a campaign led by Enishi with his horde of warriors against Kenshin and his allies to make him suffer for his sins.
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Pictures (Japan)|
|Takeru Satoh||Himura Kenshin|
|Emi Takei||Kamiya Kaoru|
|Tao Tsuchiya||Makimachi Misao|
|Yū Aoi||Takani Megumi|
|Takuma Oto’o||Woo Heishin|
|Yusuke Iseya||Shinomori Aoshi|
|Yōsuke Eguchi||Saitō Hajime|
|Riku Ōnishi||Myōjin Yahiko|
|Kasumi Arimura||Yukishiro Tomoe|
|Ryōsuke Miura||Sawagejō Chō|
|Munetaka Aoki||Sagara Sanosuke|
Rurouni Kenshin: The Final shooting spanned over 7 months between November 4, 2018 to June 28, 2019. The shooting was carried out in multiple locations with over 6000 extras.
Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final has its own plot, which is distinct from the manga’s. In the films, Mackenyu plays the antagonist Enishi Yukishiro. Enishi runs a black market gun business on the Chinese mainland, and he used Shishio by selling him weapons and a warship. The film is based on the “Jinchū” arc of the manga, which depicts Kenshin’s fight with the enigmatic arms dealer Enishi. The story of how Kenshin got his cross-shaped scar will be told in Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning.