Sato Takeru Graces the Pages of Korean News and Magazines for Rurouni Kenshin

I hope the Rurouni Kenshin movie sequel starts filming soon because I’m already chomping at the bit to get deeper into the story. As much as I loved the movie adaptation, narratively there were deeper motivations and conflicts that were just skimmed over due to running time that are much more fleshed out in the manga. I hope the sequel takes the time to explain things better and do so with a longer running time, because I’m sure viewers would have the patience to sit through this movie even if it was closer to 3 hours in length rather than two. It’s so worth it, yes? Plus we get to spend more time with Kenshin! As much as everyone is ragging on Takei Emi as Kaoru, she really isn’t that great of a character to begin with. She is right for Kenshin at that time in his life, after he’s renounced his assassin calling and taken up being a wandering swordsman, but she is too much of a Mary Sue for my tastes. I hope the upcoming movie casts the right leading lady for Tomoe, because hot damn I shipped Kenshin and Tomoe to its angsty end. As Himura Kenshin, Sato Takeruย couldn’t have found a better role to breakout. Kenshin truly is one of the most iconic shonen manga heros to grace the paces in the last few decades. To promote the movie, Takeru was in Korea back in October 2012 to attend the Busan International Film Festival. While he was in Korea, he did plenty of interview and magazine spreads that I’ve collected to share with folks who can’t get enough of his unique onscreen presence. He’s not quite a method actor, but he always sinks into a role so completely I disconnect with his real life quirky J-boy persona. Spending more time with J-actors is also a refreshing palate cleanser from the increasing uniformity of Korean actor looks since the J-actors are across-the-board different in looks and attitude from each other.ย 

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Sato Takeru Graces the Pages of Korean News and Magazines for Rurouni Kenshin — 30 Comments

  1. “the increasing uniformity of Korean actor looks since the J-actors are across-the-board different in looks and attitude from each other. ”

    Very delicately said and I agree! I think the same applies for J-actresses too.

    Also these pics are gorgeous. I did not enjoy the rurouni kenshin movie but I thought sato takeru was amazing in it.

    • It is driving me crazy who I think he looks like, but the vibe is a cross between Shun and Kim Jae Wook.

      All I know is it is a younger actor who has played sagueks.

      • You think Shun?! Really, no way! As you can tell, I’m not a big fan of Takeru…he seems sleezy….but he did look great as Kenshin. But pleeeease don’t compare him with my love Shun. I allowed him to get married to Yu only because she’s a fellow islandman (countryman).

  2. You know…I first saw Sato Takeru in the train wreck that was Princess Princess D and even there, he stood out to me. So I decided to watch his other stuff afterwards. He has an inexplicable charisma that draws me in every time. He has fast become one of my top 10 fav Japanese actors/actresses. Can’t wait to see his future choices!

  3. “increasing uniformity of Korean actor looks since the J-actors are across-the-board different in looks and attitude from each other”

    Yeppers. I mean the Korean ones are all gorgeous, but there is seemingly only one way of being gorgeous. And too often looks are more important than (acting) talent, with J ones, meanwhile, you get total outliers, like Moriyama Mirai or even Sometani Shota, that definitely don’t have classically beautiful looks (whatever that means) but are oh so mesmerising on the screen…

    That said, if all K actors end up look near-identical, so long as we’ve got Kang Dong-won to outbalance them I’m good ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Thanks Koala . . . love the pics . . . one can never have too much of this guy ๐Ÿ˜‰ . . . this is truly a treat for old Sato Takeru fans and also to those who are newly mesmerized by him after Kenshin!!!

  5. ooooh. so purty. But aw, you don’t like Kaoru? I never watched the anime, but I really liked her in the manga. I love Kenshin/Kaoru, but that could partly be because of insanely good fanfiction……I adore Tomoe too. I think they were both right for him at different points

  6. I’m actually not into J-actors but this guy wins for me. True, most of the Korean actors are like jaw droppingly gorgeous but Japanese actors like Sato got this charisma you’ll definitely love. Maybe because of their badass looks on print and on screen. His pic wearing that white top made him look like my Kim Jae Wook ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Koala for the pics~

  7. I regret finding out about Sato Takeru too late but I guess it is better late than never. I had been fangirlling hard for him and been searching all over the web for any information, movies, drama about him. found him when watching Kenshin and totally fall in love..

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