Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…
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,…
2 hours of pretty samurai action wrapped in a serviceable plot that sees the wanderer Kenshin atone for his assassin past by saving a village being controlled by a money-hungry drug lord; nothing that hasn't been explored countless times by similar Japanese samurai cinema. Acting is disappointingly flat but certainly not terrible. The lightning fast choreography is the real star of the show and fans of martial arts will certainly find a lot to like in that regard. Just a shame it's so run-of-the-mill in every other department.
This is an elaborate, well-constructed movie that evokes the anime while also establishing its own heightened tone and style. It's great to see the iconic characters realized in live-action, and the casting of all of the leads is spot-on. Some of the villains are a little over-the-top, the music can be overbearing, and the editing is a little too fast and close, but the emotion inherent in the story comes through. The fights are epic, of course, and by the end I was fully in this world and invested in the characters, and ready for the next movie.
I was so surprised by how good this movie is. The fight scenes are really impressive.
the only good anime to live action movie adaptation...
Adaptations of any sort of property can be tricky. Besides appealing to the original source material fanbase (if there is any) comes with the decision of how exactly to adapt the source material into a new medium. If it’s made specifically for fans like the 2005 Joss Whedon’s film Serenity than newcomers probably won’t get much out of it like fans would. Especially when the best counter-argument against it not standing as its own creation is checking out supplementary material (which happened in my case). Regardless if the film adaptation was preceded by a TV Series, comic-book, or other sources the adaptation in a different medium should be able to stand on its own. Coming from someone who has never…
#12 La peleas son buenas, estan bien coreografiadas, con buenos efectos, y las actuaciones son como en toda pelicula oriental, tiene una ambientacion excelente, eso es decir poco te transporta a la epoca como ninguna otra pelicula.
Pero es muy larga y hay partes en las que decae de manera horrenda.
Mejor de lo que esperaba después del desastre que suelen suponer estas adaptaciones de un manga/anime a Live Action. Es bastante fiel dentro de lo que cabe esperar y se defiende bastante bien como película. Habrá que ver que tal están las dos siguientes.
""I wonder if that reverse blade sword really does protect people."
Rurouni Kenshin is a movie based on a seminal manga and a "pretty awesome until it caught up with the manga" anime series, which is a statement that would have caused far more distress ten or fifteen years ago. This is a bold new world though, a post Iron Man world where adaptations and remakes and reboots and remakeboots and adaptbootmakes can't be dismissed immediately any longer.
The gore splattered Gantz, the oddly entertaining Casshern, the ridiculously fun Crows Zero, and the wonderfully over the top Ace Attorney all show that this new trend where lazy, artless, overly managed, corporate cynicism laden pre existing franchise-based cash grabs actually end…
God's apology for Dragonball Evolution
The best films Japan has to offer.