“You cannot really forget or diminish the past… There are some people who would say that they can just forget the past and just move forward, think it never happened. But with how Kenshin is and how he still let his past influence his decisions and his life, I feel that it is very admirable. He still remembers and looks back on his past and try to live a better life based on that past. I hope everybody else will learn that way of looking at the past and living and moving forward.”
– Takeru Satoh
You already know how much I love Kenshin Himura, right? And until this moment I’m still having difficulty digesting the fact that I was able to see in person the very man who portrayed his character in the live-action film Rurouni Kenshin, Takeru Satoh. Watching that film, I was really amazed at how very well he played the character: the minimal facial expressions, the subtle showing of emotions, the signature gestures, and the contradicting air of formidability and his gentle ways. I admired how he managed to bring out Kenshin Himura in spite of differences, physically at the least, and how he communicated with the viewers as Kenshin himself. It was really an exceptional performance. It was as if he gave life to the two-dimensional red-head guy in tattered kimono that is Kenshin Himura. And if only for that, I want to thank him.
“I’ve never had this feeling about a character before. I have affection for every character I play, but this is the first time I’ve felt that I wanted to go on playing him forever.”
– Takeru Satoh on his role as Kenshin Himura
(credits to Facebook – Rurouni Kenshin)
I was really happy when I learned about the second two-part film, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends! And this time around, it will be shown in cinemas just a few days away from its original date of screening in Japan. That was really great news for me! But the great news didn’t end there. I was even elated when they announced that the actors, three of them, and the director himself would grace our country by visiting here and meeting thousands of anticipating fans.
“We are thrilled to bring director Keishi Otomo and cast members Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei and Munetaka Aoki to Manila so they can personally thank and engage with the loyal fans of ‘Rurouni Kenshin’. The Philippines is a very important market for the franchise as proven by the outstanding box office success in Manila of the first ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ film,”
– Warner Entertainment Japan, Inc
“Moviegoers in the Philippines have helped create a wave of anticipation and excitement for the ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ sequels and the upcoming talent visit is a much welcome recognition of the fans’ ardent support.”
– Warner Bros. Philippines
They stayed here for two days for the red carpet premiere and public press conference. Lucky me, I was able to witness and be a part of the press conference held last August 7, 2014. What a wonderful day that was! The experience was exhilarating. Well, I have number of people to thank who made this possible. Here is a peek at the event.
“In my case, I feel that the actors really put themselves and their soul into the movie. The reflection of their soul and dedication to the movie, it’s translated directly into the film for everyone to feel and appreciate, which is why I think it is appreciated by different countries.”
– Director Keishi Otomo
“We created the movie thinking that action movies, I think it goes beyond countries or cultures. Action movies have one language, and everyone can appreciate it. Other than that, us being Japanese and us creating a Japanese film, we can also show the delicate intricacies of Japanese culture– the tradition, the way we see things in that era… We wanted people to understand that part that is distinctly Japanese.”
– Takeru Satoh
I love that beautiful thing he said about his character. His relationship with Kenshin Himura is deep and it is admirable how he loves the character. And I think, in more ways than one, Kenshin speaks to him, affects him. And maybe that is the very reason why he is so effective at what he is doing. I admire and respect Takeru Satoh for breathing life to Kenshin, for representing him and taking it seriously, passionately. And yes, if only for that, I am thanking him. For the job well done.