“Rurouni Kenshin” is one of the most successful live-action film franchises from Japan. After initially getting delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the franchise’s last two films have been finally released in Japan.
The films have been well received by the Japanese audience, who have praised the series for its beautiful cinematography and breathtaking action scenes.
The fourth film in the franchise, The Final, follows the legendary assassin Himura Kenshin’s fight against Yukishiro Enishi. The fifth and final film, The Beginning, is a prequel. Fans from outside Japan who have missed the action so far have a great chance to catch up now!
“Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning” ranked first, while “Rurouni Kenshin: The Final” ranked second in the Japanese box office over the weekend.
An incredible feat in history!
First place in the box office: The Beginning
Second place in the box office: The Final
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This is a significant achievement for the entire franchise. It has become the first franchise to occupy the top two spots simultaneously at the Japanese box office. The franchise has sold over 2.45 Million tickets and earned around 3.45 Billion Yen (US$ 31.60 Million).
After the success of both the films in the domestic market, Netflix has decided to stream “Rurouni Kenshin: The Final” globally on June 18.
Considering that Netflix is one of the biggest streaming platforms globally, we can expect some record-breaking numbers when the film premieres! Netflix will probably stream “The Beginning” as well at a later date, although it has not been confirmed officially.
In “The Final”, Kenshin has to fight against his late first wife’s brother, Yukishiro. The legendary assassin is pushed to his limits against the fight against his former brother in law who has nothing but revenge on his mind. The film was released on April 23 in Japan.
Despite the pandemic, the film was a commercial success, earning around US$6.9 million in the first three days itself! This is just one reason why Netflix has shown interest in streaming the film to the global audience.
Fans have also loved the well-choreographed fighting scenes and praised the cast’s flawless acting.
We are sure that fans will love the epic showdown between Kenshin and Yukishiro! Hopefully, Netflix will secure the rights to stream the final film as well!
About Rurouni Kenshin
It is a Japanese manga series penned and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki. It was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1994 to 1999. A TV anime adaptation was also broadcast to 1996 to 1998, and it even has an anime film along with numerous video projects.
The English manga version was published by Viz Media, and the English anime version was released by Media Blasters.
The story revolves around a former assassin who, after going against the feudal government, changed his name to Himura Kenshin and changed into a wandering swordsman who protects the people of Japan. He made a vow to never take another life.