Eiga HIHO magazine 2014 April issue: Tanigaki Kenji’s column
No. 143 ‘RuroKen’ Action team completed all the shooting
Five times as many stuntmen as expected!? ‘RuroKen’ rushed into the climax!
The shooting of ‘Rurouni Kenshin 2&3’ by Team Otomo is now really truly in the final stage.
We’ve spent a whole six months, well, we spent an entire year only on this film if we include the preparation period, I should say.
At first they said, ‘Put together the plan of the two films using three hundred stuntmen’.
Ultimately, however, it turned out 1,500 stuntmen (!) and I got a good scolding. LOL
But the action scenes became more powerful and elaborate in reward!
Today we filmed the scene where Kenshin and Sanosuke ventured into the set of Rengoku built in the Toho studio.
As usual, the final stages are like an ‘action festival’, so in order to change the way we show the actions, we decided to film in a long take without resting.
Kenshin and Sanosuke VS thirty soldiers under Shishio’s command!
Sato Kenshin performs a tremendous amount of choreography at lightning speed!
Sanosuke forces his way through them, clutches the soldiers and drops them into the ocean … which made a scene of full impact.
The actions in RuroKen are speedy and some people think it’s because of the speedy cutting in editing.
Well, it may be one reason, but if you see this long single shot, you should realize that the actors are moving at really terrific speed!
And this is never just another self-content: ‘Hey, we used a long take ~! Isn’t that great!?’
So please look forward to it!
The last action scene in ‘RuroKen’ was a flashback of Shishio played by Fujiwara Tatsuya-san. Young Shishio, who was still not wrapped up all in bandages, ramped about!
As I wrote in the last article, his ability to learn choreography is abnormal. LOL
Today, we had him try another complicated and intensive action in one stroke.
And then Shishio, who got entrapped by his friends, did this and that, and things went crazy!
It’s exactly the moment Shishio was born.
I can’t write it in detail, but just watch it.
*snip* about after the wrap up of RuroKen
I spent the first three days of this year entirely on editing RuroKen.
Actually, I sorted out the materials.
In terms of the ending scenes, there are as many as 1,600 (!) cuts, and that they are only materials.
I just lined them up and found it amounted to six hours and fifty minutes!
We filmed too much!
So I asked myself. LOL
*snip* about Donnie Yen’s ‘Iceman’.
PLEASE. EXTENDED EDITION. MORE EXTRAS. DELETED SCENES. I BEG YOU!!!
I KNOW IT CAN HAPPEN!
I think this is could be from the end of the first film. Maybe it’s just that Kaoru is also on the ship when Kenshin, Saito and Sanosuke approach it, you know. That wouldn’t be too far fetched IMO.
But damn that scene looks evil and heartbreaking…
Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Taika Hen Official Poster revealed ^^x
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Made this little compilation of the photos released from the sequels!
From Zip Show Biz News.
Recorded with my cell phone. Sorry for low quality.
There’s just no way Shishio looks like that. Maybe it’s the camera angle or the lighting. I’ll say when we get the character photo of Shishio we know better!