"Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno" stars in Manila

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Lead actor Takeru Satoh of the hit action movie "Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno" and other cast members have graced the film's Asian premiere in Manila, where the first "Rurouni Kenshin" shown last year reportedly broke the record for any Japanese movie in the Philippines.

Satoh, who plays a legendary assassin turned conflicted hero Kenshin Himura during Japan's Meiji era, actress Emi Takei, actor Munetaka Aoki and director Keishi Otomo were cheered by Filipino fans at their red carpet arrival at SM Megamall on Wednesday night.

The Warner Bros. Japan film featuring sword battles starts its regular cinema run in the country on Aug. 20. It is the first of a two-part finale of the franchise based on the popular Japanese comic, or manga, Rurouni Kenshin.

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