MANILA, Philippines – “Mahal ko kayo!” (I love you all!) were the words of the day, uttered by the stars of Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, who flew in for the film’s Asian Premiere in the Philippines.
On the red carpet, Takeru Satoh (Kenshin Himura in the film), Munetaka Aoki (Sanosuke Sagara), Emi Takei (Kaoru Kamiya), and director Keishi Otomo told reporters that they were thrilled to be in Manila – and honored that fans responded so well to the movie version of the beloved anime and manga series. (READ: What Rurouni Kenshin actors think of their characters)
Rappler has previewed the film, which will hit theaters August 20, and it’s clear that each element is completely conceptualized before it comes to life – from the colors to the types of cloth used in the costumes. The importance of attention to detail is key, director Keishi Otomo told Rappler.
Asked what his favorite scene was to shoot, he said, “There was a scene when Shishio is introduced into the movie – that’s very cool.”
Asked what fans could expect from the beloved Sanosuke, Munetaka Aoki said, “This Sanosuke is more powerful, more exciting, and then sometimes, a little bit strange! He’s a very funny guy, a tough guy, and he’s very interesting.”
“Sometimes, he’s foolish. He is many things – [in] part two and part 3. And the fighting scenes are more powerful!”
“Salamat po! (Thank you!)” he told the crowd.
Emi Takei walked by before we could holler, but Takeru Satoh had fans in a frenzy as he waved and signed autographs.
Bearing striking resemblance in mannerism and movement to his on-screen character, Takeru Satoh cruised down the red carpet, cool as ice.
“I always try to understand Kenshin’s feelings, and be him,” he tells Rappler, about internalizing while preparing for his role.
His favorite scene to shoot when it comes to the movie? He says there are a lot, but he especially delighted in being able to run on the roof. “I was was so happy that I was able to do that scene,” he says.
Here’s a photo snapped of Takeru at the airport, upon his arrival.
Cosplayers in detailed Rurouni Kenshin outfits also entertained fans who patiently lined up for a glimpse of their favorite actors.
Onstage, the cast and the director gathered to greet the roaring crowd. Emi Takei, who plays Kaoru Kamiya, said that this was her first time at a movie premiere outside Japan, and thanked fans for their support.
See Emi on the red carpet here.
After the movie premiere, the actors and director are set to greet fans at a public press conference at the Glorietta Activity Center on August 7.
Rappler has live blogged Day 1 (movie premiere at SM Megamall) and will continue the live blog into Day 2. – Rappler.com
More Rurouni Kenshin on Rappler:
- LIVE BLOG: Blow-by-blow updates from Rurouni Kenshin stars 2-day visit
- VIDEO: Watch Rappler’s spoiler-free 3-on-1 interview with Kenshin stars
- VIDEO: See the entire Q&A at the public press conference, Munetaka hugs a fan, Takeru blows a kiss to fans
- VIDEO: See the Rurouni Kenshin jeepney, watch Takeru say “Oro,” stars named cultural friendship ambassadors
- VIDEO: Rurouni stars say “Mahal ko kayo!” plus exclusive red carpet cast interviews
- Quotables: What Rurouni Kenshin characters think of their characters
- See the actual costumes of Kenshin, Sano, and Aoshi in the flesh
- WATCH: Main trailer for Rurouni Kenshin sequel released