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The Journey Begins
Former legendary assassin Kenshin Himura has now become a wandering samurai. Offering aid & protecting those in need as atonement for his past deeds. During this time Kenshin Himura comes across and aides Kaoru Kamiya (Emi Takei). Her father opened the Kamiya Kasshin-ryu, a kendo school located in Tokyo and Kaoru is now an instructor there. Kaoru then invites Kenshin to stay at her dojo. Their relationship develops further, but Kenshin is still haunted by his violent past ...
Despite being extremely cringe-inducing at times, Rurouni Kenshin is a passable film compared to other anime-adaptation disasters. Not a fan of the series, but I do appreciate this one. Expect super comical villains, CGI blood, epic but poorly-timed soundtrack, well choreographed fight scenes, and an actor who's face is way too pretty to play a veteran samurai. Still cool though!
2012 was a poor year for Japanese cinema in my opinion. There wasn't really much of any note that came out. When I read about this film I thought it would be another cheesy live-action film with shit acting. It's not. It's pretty awesome. I have never read the manga or seen the TV show, but this film gets that shounen manga feeling absolutely right. The casting and costumes are amazing, and the setting during the Meiji Revolution works really well. The only problem are the two female characters, who remain rather underdeveloped. Kaoru is pretty much the damsel in distress during the whole film.
The action is immense as well. It's probably the best part of the film. Absolutely…
Before watching this film I was totally unfamiliar with Rurouni Kenshin, or Samurai X, a manga/anime series from Japan. I had no idea what it was about. I went in this film blind and for the whole movie I somehow thought the main character was a girl who pretended to be a guy, like in the film Mulan. Little did I know that it was a guy all along. I was a bit disappointed because I do think that my twist on the character would be more interesting and progressive. A lesbian samurai wanderer roaming the countryside, fighting other samurai and badguys, helping those in need, and occassionally falling in love... so awesome.
Anyway, this film wasn't that bad at…
I'm a bit biased on this, because I loved the manga and obviously the anime. I grow up watching it.
The movie is really well done.
It completely captures the feeling/spirit of each character. There's only a few good manga/anime adaptation for the movies. This is indeed one of them.
I sincerely hope they make another one.
It might leave something to be desired when it comes to the development of some characters and their relationships, but it doesn't change the fact that this movie is solid blockbuster fun.
Supported by fantastic swordfight choreography and stunts, gorgeous visuals and settings, meticulous direction, and a story with good momentum to keep you interested, Rurouni Kenshin is an anime adaptation worth checking out; not only for fans of the series or manga, but for anyone who can appreciate good, fluid, coherent action.
Rurôni Kenshin is the live action adaption of the Manga of the same name. Takeru Sato stars as Kenshin Himura, an infamous assassin who swore to never kill again and became essentially a one A-Team Ronin. Whenever you’re in trouble and when you can find him.. well you catch my drift I think.
He meets the Kendo instructor Kaoru played by Emi Takei and protects her dojo from two dozen thugs. Of course that catches the attention of old rivals and Samurai treachery ensues.
There’s a big cast of characters that makes for a swashbuckling vibe and there is a lot of fun to be had but the action shines with balancing over the top Anime moments with hard hits,…
I had no prior knowledge of this film besides that it was based off of a manga/anime series, involved samurai, and was the first in a trilogy. I went in not having gone through the journey of being a fan of the source material (which, given that I don't read much modern fiction besides creepypasta, and don't watch much new TV, is usually the case), and so wasn't sure if I'd *get it* right away.
However, after watching the opening scenes and quickly reading a synopsis, it wasn't too hard to get the basic "point" of it all: there's a wandering samurai, Himura Kenshin, who used to be an assassin by the name of Hitokiri Battōsai. Now, he's renounced his…
Getting an anime-look into a live-action movie is not easy, but I think Rurouni Kenshin did a really good job with it. The scenery is great, the characters are strange - as you expect from a manga - and the action is nicely choreographed.
Part one of what should be an awesome trilogy of flicks. Think "Pirates of the Caribbean" but with samurai.
This is essentially a review of the entire trilogy as I watched them all together and much of the praise and comments will be largely the same. Mostly these are just scattered thoughts on the trilogy.
Set and character designs were absolutely top-notch throughout. What I've always loved about adaptations in Japan vs. Hollywood is that the greatest concern for Japanese productions is accuracy to the source material (from what I've seen). Much like the Ace Attorney movie, attention to detail was critical for the production of the entire Rurouni Kenshin trilogy. Characters look exactly as they appear in the anime/manga, no matter how outlandish they may be in "real life". Where Hollywood often tries to adapt "realistically" (if one…
The plot for this film follows the manga and anime's first story arc, however there was a departure from the originals in the story's presentation. Certain elements were omitted (namely the Oniwabanshū) for making a tighter story for film. That being said, the film delivered on what was most important, suitably exemplifying the essence of the story and it's characters in a live-action format.
From the opening sequence, the film displays dynamic and adrenaline-charged choreography. Every fight sequence throughout the film is fast moving, the action never grows stale and is kept consistently compelling. The action direction here, in my opinion, is unparalleled. While contemporary Hollywood action films more often than not come across as disarrayed, incomprehensible CGI extravaganzas,…
La ambientación y escenografía en general estuvieron perfectas, pero las actuaciones no me gustaron para nada, y por lo tanto, me parece que desde ese punto de vista, la película pierde mucho peso ante la serie original.
De todas formas, es una buena adaptación para los recién llegados, pero para un fan como yo me dejo la sensación de que pudieron manejar mejor algunas cosas.
Y menos mal que no quisieron meter TODA la serie en una sola película. Punto positivo, pero espero que las secuelas sean mejores.
I don't anything about the manga/anime just as a heads up.
No matter the scene this movie plays epic music on top of it - no matter what - it's weird but hey kind of fun at the same time.
It really feels like the dialogue was directly taken from the manga/anime and that doesn't translate too well on to the big screen but it is still enjoyable and not as bad as you might imagine.
The story is pretty cool and through some of the original powers feels kind of unique. The fighting is well done and the acting is good enough.
I would say fans of the manga/anime will probably not be disappointed - this is an outsider's perspective so take it with a grain of salt.
Holly hell that credit songs is awful.
Watch anime first
Knowing more about the period than I did the last time, the story engaged me more and I had a better appreciation for the motivation of the characters. Definitely works better than either of the two sequels.
Step One: Go to www.random.org.
Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…