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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,…
My last film for 2012 was nothing short of EPIC. With impressively choreographed fight scenes, breathtaking cinematography, and such a majestic score, the approach was surprisingly organic without forgetting its anime material. I'm no Samurai X fan, but this is probably one of the most solid movie adaptations I've seen.
Well fuck, I totally did not expect this to be as awesome as it turned out to be.
--I HAVE NEVER READ THE COMIC BOOK--
Going into Rurouni Kenshin blind sounds like an intimidating task. Usually big Japanese aren't too great, let alone ones based on anime. Kenshin is actually several bars above the average live action anime film though. The film works on every level without having any prior knowledge and comes out being a decent chanbara movie.
Kenshin has a somewhat basic comic book movie plot, involving our former assassin fighting an opium manufacturer and his goons. The movie does try to elevate itself slightly by dealing with themes of redemption, sacrifice, mortality and differing ideals. It's all very basic stuff, but does add some depth to the story.
The superb action sequences are what draws…
...this film still holds up from my first viewing. It's massively entertaining, blending serious samurai visuals and themes with a quirky over the top sense of timing (think Miike) and then wrapping it all with action sequences that owe more to classic HK wuxia than anything else. It all comes together to make a heartfelt and effective action flick worthy of finally getting a US release.
This was a really dope samurai epic. I have not read the manga for this but i loved it anyway, it totally worked on it's own. The fight sequences are but together superbly and the characters are all interesting, especially Kenshin who's such a great and rounded out character. The only thing i felt to be weak was the comic esk villain but i understand why he's like that. Can't wait to watch the sequels.
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…
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Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…