Total Film came out with this list on July 11th, 2013.
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!
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…
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…
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.
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,…
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.
I love live action anime and I've been meaning to watch this for years, now there's three films so I'm playing catch up.
Baseado no anime de mesmo nome que infelizmente eu nunca assisti.Até passava no finado canal Animax (R.I.P.),mas eu nunca tive curiosidade .Mas enfim,vamos ao comentário.
O filme é muito legal e bem feito.As cenas de lutas são ótimas e o ator Takeru Sato é bastante convincente.Entretanto, não sei se pelo fato de não ter assistido o anime, senti o tempo todo que faltava alguma coisa; alguns personagens surgiram do nada, e não havia nenhum tipo de explicação para suas ações e quais as suas motivações.
O filme é bom, mas acho que vai divertir muito mais quem conhece o anime.
Bela adaptação do mangá homônimo. Boas cenas de luta e direção de arte caprichada.
Probably easier to follow if you're familiar with the manga or anime, but I wasn't too lost just through general genre familiarity. Fairly ordinary story elevated by good performances and action (though too much in the Western close-ups-and-quick-cuts style). The film is notable though for its beauty. I enjoyed simply looking at it so much I may be a little forgiving of its shortcomings. Really, a gorgeous film.
#Filmreview Rurouni Kenshin ★★★★ Excellent #Samurai sword fight fest has some great action as well as a good story & even a pacifist moral
This is supposed to be one of the better manga adaptations and although I agree it's pretty well done, I don't think it is a masterpiece. As always the Japanese love extremely young protagonists capable of extraordinary feats. Just don't think too much about a 14 year old government assassin sword master. It will just distract too much from Kenshin's story, filled with great fighting scenes, trying to escape his past.
Watched it with my son and it made an exellent meeting point for a manga-struck teen and his Zatoichi-adoring movie buff dad. We both enjoyed it, especially the fighting sequences, even though both of us had different kinds of disagreeances with how this movie played out. I had read some of the manga before and I think that made it a little more comprehendible.
Exceptional shot composition. The extra drama makes it too long. When there is fighting, it is gorgeous, especially the start. The first in a trilogy.
Out of my expectation... my favorite character's personality was different from the one in the original comics. That's pity!
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