Rurouni Kenshin is a 2012 Japanese film adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin based on Nobuhiro Watsuki‘s popular manga of the same name. Directed by Keishi Ōtomo, the film stars Takeru Satoh and Emi Takei. The film focuses on fictional events that take place during the early Meiji period in Japan, telling the story of a wanderer named Himura Kenshin, formerly known as the assassin “Hitokiri Battōsai“. After participating in theBakumatsu war, Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan offering protection and aid to those in need as atonement for the murders he once committed as an assassin.
On June 28, 2011, a live-action film adaptation was announced. Produced by Warner Bros., with actual film production done by Studio Swan, the film was directed by Keishi Ōtomo and starsTakeru Satoh (of Kamen Rider Den-O fame) as Kenshin, Munetaka Aoki as Sanosuke Sagara and Emi Takei as Kaoru. The film was released on August 25, 2012, and the staff “aims to release the film internationally and eventually make a series.
After choosing Takeru Satoh as the lead, Producer Shinzō Matsuhashi commented, “Satoh has the looks and stature to be a proper Kenshin.” Watsuki added that when this project was just starting, he and his wife were discussing who should play Kenshin, and decided that Satoh topped the list.
Satoh later commented, “The role of Kenshin is that of a well-known character, therefore, I think fascinating acting is needed. I would like to create the Kenshin image with the staff, while staying true to the details. I will try my best, so please look forward to it.”
Nobuhiro Watsuki praised on Satoh being casted for the role: “When this project just started, my wife and I were talking about who would suit the role of Kenshin, and Satoh Takeru-san was the one who came up on our mind first. So, when it was confirmed (that Satoh will be taking the role), I was surprised, but was also very happy. I’m looking forward to seeing his wonderful acting.”
***And indeed, Takeru Sato as Rurouni Kenshin is a great choice. He owned the role.
Getting “Kamen Rider Den-O” star Takeru Satoh as Himura is probably the best decision that Otomo made in connection with the film.
Aside from being able to pull off the protagonist’s outfit and long red hair, Satoh effectively portrayed Himura’s character, down to the smallest details – from the way he runs, jumps and draws his sword, to his sleeping position and the light moments when he delivers his signature line: “oro?” (abs-cbnnews.com)
Takeru Sato also demonstrates that balance in his portrayal of Kenshin Himura. He has a delicate appearance and a quiet presence, but with a single glance, he delivers such intensity that the viewers never forget the cold assassin known as Hitokiri Battousai lurking beneath the façade. His subtle actions make the moments in which he is overcome by emotion even more potent. (drama-max.com)