Three years after the blockbuster live-action film, Rurouni Kenshin
returns to the big screen with not one, but two live-action feature films! Shot back-to-back together, the two Rurouni Kenshin
sequels titled Kyoto Inferno
and The Legend Ends
, respectively are based on the popular "Kyoto arc" of the series, chronicling Kenshin's battle against Shishio Makoto, a scorned assassin who plans to overthrow the government that betrayed him. In addition to Sato Takeru and Takei Emi returning to their respective roles of Kenshin and Kaoru, Kyoto Inferno
also adds Fujiwara Tatsuya (Kaiji
) as the evil Shishio and Ryunosuke Kamiki (The Kirishima Thing
) as Shishio's powerful henchman. Returning as action director, Tanigaki Kenji ups the ante with fierce action sequences that will leave audiences breathless.
After the events of the first film, former assassin Himura Kenshin (Sato Takeru) has been living in peace in the dojo run by Kaoru (Takei Emi). However, the peace is broken when Shishio Makoto (Fujiwara Tatsuya) rises up as a powerful force against the Meiji government. A dangerous and ruthless assassin, Shishio was recruited by the government to help defeat the shogunate after Kenshin took his pacifist vow. However, after the Meiji government won the battle, the authorities tried to kill Shishio by burning him alive, leaving him with permanent burn damage all over his body. Seeking revenge for the betrayal, the disfigured Shishio plans to slowly take over the country, from one town to another. With no other choice, the government recruits Kenshin to hunt down Shishio and his gang. After some consideration, Kenshin agrees to travel to Kyoto to stop Shishio for the sake of maintaining peace in the new Japan.