In June 2011, Warner Brothers Japan and Studio Swan announced that a live-action film adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga series had been green-lit and had begun pre-production. The film stars Takeru Satō as Himura Kenshin and Emi Takei as Kamiya Kaoru. Keishi Ōtomo directed the live-action film and premiered in Japanese theaters on August 25th, 2012. The film did exceptionally well in box office grosses, earning over 300 million yen (over 5 million USD) on its opening weekend, beating out summer blockbusters including the Avengers. On September 1st, 2012, director Keishi Otomo and Takeru Satō announced that Rurouni Kenshin has been licensed for internation distribution in over 60 countries, and 17 more are still currently in negotiation.
- Himura Kenshin - Takeru Satō
- Kamiya Kaoru - Emi Takei
- Sagara Sanosuke - Munetaka Aoki
- Myōjin Yahiko - Taketo Tanaka
- Takani Megumi - Yu Aoi
- Saitō Hajime - Yōsuke Eguchi
- Udō Jin-e - Kōji Kikkawa
- Takeda Kanryū - Teruyuki Kagawa
- Gein - Ayano Go
- Inui Banjin - Genki Sudou
Differences between the manga and the film Edit
- In the manga, Saito Hajime meets Kenshin again by going to Kaoru's dojo to warn him about Shishio. In the film, Saito meets Kenshin in the prison while investigating about the assassinations assumed by Battousai.
- In the manga, Takeda hires the Oniwabanshu as bodyguards. In the film, the Oniwabanshu is absent, instead, Takeda hires Gein and Banjin as bodyguards and Udo Jin-e as agent.
- In the manga, the character behind the assassinations assumed by Battousai is Hiruma Gohei, a former student of Kaoru's father who plans to destroy her dojo as revenge. In the film, Udo Jin-e is the one behind the assassinations.
- In the manga, Sagara Sanosuke meets Kenshin after make a deal with the Hiruma brothers, has his Zambatou cutted by Kenshin and is defeated by him, before Kenshin even met Udo Jin-e and Kanryu Takeda. In the film, Sanosuke meets Kenshin in the prison, when Kenshin had already met Udo Jin-e, and after is been released makes an offer with Kanryu Takeda, but ultimately drops, and he's not defeated by Kenshin, neither Kenshin cuts the Zambatou.
- In the manga, Kenshin beats Takeda with the help of Oniwabanshu. In the film, Kenshin defeats Takeda with the help of Sanosuke and Hajime Saito.
- In the manga, the battle against Udo Jin-e happens before Kenshin met Megumi. In the film, Kenshin fights Udo after Megumi is rescued.