Just curious, how did you find out about the Rurouni Kenshin film needing foreign extras? And what was the application process like? from Anonymous
There was an announcement on the Rurouni Kenshin Facebook page and a Twitter post, I believe. Not sure about the latter. I originally found out via the local JET Program Facebook page (I am not part of the JET Program). There was a link to the application, which was in Japanese. It was an online application that asked for your name, height, weight, hair color and eye color. It asked if you had previous acting experience and also gave you a chance to talk yourself up some. I said I practiced kendo, took acting classes in college, can understand basic Japanese for commands (passed the N4 JLPT), and was pretty physically fit so I could handle the heat since the filming for the two scenes was to take place in August (the hottest month here in Japan).
From there, after I clicked submit, I got an email notification (again, all in Japanese) asking me to supply some pictures and the number I got from the confirmation email from my application. They welcomed pictures of you in costume, but they also wanted a frontal photo and a full-body shot. It did not have to be professionally done, but it had to be of a quality that was easy to see. No blurry, pixelated, hard-to-see images.
After that, I waited. I waited about 2-3 weeks before I heard a reply. Usually they tell you when you will hear from them by if they wish to take you as an extra. They don’t contact you otherwise.
Also, as an extra, if you do not have any lines you do not receive any payment for your participation. There is no Actor’s Guild here in Japan. It’s all considered “volunteer work”.