Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin (2012)

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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 comes across and aides Kaoru Kamiya. 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 read moreviolent past.
Based on popular manga series "Rurouni Kenshin" written and illustrated by Watsuki Nobuhiro.

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Dec 8, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
About the story, from the anime series, the plot was changed. Which I will no longer mention what are the changes are to avoid spoiling the others. The fighting scenes were really awesome. How each scenes were directed was perfect or in detailed. The lighting they have used is well chosen and the places too. You can feel the presence of the past era (which I forgot what it is) to the read more modern. It's funny though that the cops back then are always too late in the scenes. But it is understandable since there are no cars yet that time.
I can say that this is really worth watching for. Even though I was little sad that there are scenes that I like that wasn't included. I guess they just give emphasize to the important ones. Also, my feelings wasn't totally moved. Maybe because I already know the story that's why I wasn't totally moved.

About actors~ Ohhhhhhhhh!! They are so great! I salute them! They really done a great job especially kenshin!!!! He is so cool, handsome and cute!!! Love him x)
The way he express is just right, love it. Same as the same characters, the expressions are totally right. Although kaoru and Megumi are cute unlike in anime which are matured. Kaoru and Megumi wasn't able to absorb the 100% characteristic in the anime. But they did their job well too :D Sano is not really tall, but with his big muscles I guess that's enough. Anyway, they were really great :D

Music, I love the music and background music. It suits the movie. the sound effects were great too.

Anyway, I give it all 10! It was great~ Worth watching~ ^-^
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Aug 26, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
One, I hate Karou. Just had to get that out there ^^; Also, I never give 10s across the board, never. Please take that into consideration when you read this review. This got a straight 10 from me!

Ok, so the choreography was simply STUNNING! I mean, I have never seen a better use of martial arts, ever. Bourne Identity comes close but this was... the economy of movement, the sword play, read more it was spectacular. I am getting the DVD for no other reason than to slow down the flight scenes to half speed so I can see those fights in all their glory! The fight scenes were STUNNING! The actor was so gritty, damn. You only get a tiny idea of how amazing it is from the preview, let me tell you... I wish I could look up movies by whoever is in charge of fight scenes. Just, dman.

Ok, no one cares how wonderful the fight scenes were (you better, it was something like >50% of the movie) the music... I really liked it. It was a very powerful sound track that worked well with the movie and the era. A mix of traditional Japanese music and instrumental with some classical thrown in there, it made me feel the era. It was an era of transitions and you felt it from the music alone.

Story wise, this covered the fake Battousai and Gatling gun/Megumi arcs. If you are looking for the manga made into a movie... well, this movie was by no means pure but it did a damn good job. Watching Sano fight was comical, he was the comic relief of the movie, where Kenshin was all sex he was all humor.

After my first paycheck, if it is still in theaters, I am SO going. Just an amazing movie people! The costumes, the sets, just damn. If you want to know anything more specific, email me because I feel that if I continue, it is just going to be one large joygasm about how wonderful the sword play was.

I will comment that the ONLY point I was dissappointed in was that Kenshin did not do his 'I'm so badass with my sakabatou I can slice through concrete' thing.
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The both protagonist are samurais, they seek avoid to use the violence, and both know great sword techniques.
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The drama plays during the Meiji era, 26 years after the incidents in the movies take place. In contrast to the movie the drama focuses on society and dreams of a young man. However it is just as well made concerning individual characters and their way of life. Additionally Sato Takeru is starring as lead actor in both mediums.
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    Revalina Mariana 1 day ago


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    Maze 25 days ago

    Didn't like it that much. I had high expectations on this movie, but the ending song was perfect.

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    JexDeCastro Feb 2, 2017

    can i download this movie on dailymotion? or youtube? if yes please can i have a link with eng sub?

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    Hisato Jan 16, 2017 - edited

    This is so overrated. It's your generic edgy action samurai movie.

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      Brook Feb 26, 2017 - edited

      overrated? maybe.. but it is still a pretty good movie! very well acted, and the fighting scenes were extremely well made. yes, i respect your opinion, but i think it is fair to say, we should give the creators and actors credit :) like seriously.. it's the best live action movie based on anime/manga that i have seen so far. (if you don't like it, that is of course absoloutely fine!! i'm just saying.. it shows that they must've worked hard on it xD)

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    Erica Oct 9, 2016

    Love this Rurouni Kenshin Trilogy! 10/10

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    Wafha_Kamenashi Aug 13, 2016

    For me this is the best Live action movie that I watch! :)

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    Sayyy May 23, 2016

    A great movie indeed! Want to warch it again and again! Make sure to watch the sequels so you can enjoy it more. Glad that I watched this perfect movie.

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    PickyMcpickleton Mar 11, 2016 - edited

    Definitely not a good one for me. Wow, I don't know why people rate the production as top notch and marvel at the cinematography as sorry folks, didn't see it. Many times the lighting felt a little jarring and the fight scenes could have definitely used less cuts. The lighting also switches to a rather bland daylight in between atmospheric grays and the climax is just underwhelming. I am really struggling as to why this is rated so highly production wise. Japan has had some amazing productions and especially in terms of atmosphere they just really know how to set the scene. Why is this one so rated highly?

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      SamuraiSx Jul 23, 2016

      your impressions doesn't make sense.. O.o gosh are you a robot? or you watch every movie just to see techincal points to the perfection? o.o this movie has great scenes and lighting is done gretly, it needs to focus on NATURE and atmosphere of the era of this movie, and not like hollywood and american shit to be everything too superficial so you can't watch it normally out of all pointless effects.

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      PickyMcpickleton Jul 23, 2016 - edited

      I'm frankly surprised most people didn't notice, then again I have edited video. Also, honestly, I have absolutely no idea what you're saying. I didn't say this movie has no great scenes. The fighting is pretty fun for the most part. Think it's funny you diss hollywood when this movie is definitely taking some notes from hollywood. Come on, fight scenes to an orchestra playing? If that isn't hollywoodish, what is? . I didn't even dock points for that. Also, definitely does not focus on nature. The whole movie has an almost animated twinge to it. Also, definitely the atmosphere does nothing to highlight the era. In fact, that works in its favor. This movie feels very modern. I'm a huge lover of historicals and I've read a bunch of Eiji Yoshikawa's novels (Musashi, Taiko, A Heike Story). I'd say if you think I know nothing of the era or japanese historicals think again. Since you bring hollywood into this for some odd reason.

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      Hisato Jan 16, 2017

      Don't understand either. The rankings are all messed up on this website...

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    Meeno Feb 14, 2016

    excellent movie.. recommended watch

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    Animanga_fan Dec 16, 2015

    Wow. It was a great movie.

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    Juls Nov 19, 2015 - edited

    Extremely pretty movie, Keishi Ohtomo and Takuro Ishizaka make a good pair, good action scenes, Sato Takeru rocks as Kenshin and the rest of the cast is good as well, but the story itself is lukewarm, there is too much going on with the introductions and two subplots and whatnot, i kinda wish they would focus on one thing and take a bit more liberal approach with the source material so that the film could stand in its own right and not just as prologue.

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    sweetgirl_haz Jun 4, 2015 - edited

    Where can I watch this and the other Rurouni Kenshin movies with english subs?

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      Lyoness Jun 4, 2015

      try or :) they have a lot of subbed shows and movies... Enjoy watching, they are great!

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      sweetgirl_haz Jun 4, 2015

      Thank you! :D

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      Lyoness Jun 5, 2015

      no problem :)

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      sweetgirl_haz Jul 18, 2015

      Thank you! !!!!

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    Kiseki May 4, 2015

    Wow its rare a movie adaption do the original any justice but this movie just went beyond my expectations! Well picked cast and great acting and music really made this movie one of the best action i've ever seen.

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    101Rubellite Feb 18, 2015

    oooooohhhh this was just FANTASTIC!!! absolutely loved it!!! :D Great cast! OST is really good too!

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    nynex Feb 18, 2015

    ah, it's been so long since i've seen the anime. Watching this brought it all back :D Loved it. Fantastic fight choreography, amazing and nostalgic Kenshin fight poses too.


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    Aug 25, 2012
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    2 hr. 15 min.


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