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Behind the adolescent storylines gleams a well-shot swordplay spectacular, featuring a scene-stealing turn from Munetaka Aoki as the Little-John-meets-Ryu-from-Street-Fighter-II sidekick with the 8ft slab of blunt metal.
When Warner Bros. took on themselves the international distribution of this movie, they knew what they had in their hands! Especially with the rumours circulating that the crew aims to succeed internationally and eventually make a series. I wish they do that because Rurouni Kenshin is a Japanese movie with a soul. Whether you are an anime fan in the past or present, or simply someone that appreciates movies about Samurai with interwoven love story, this art work serves to entertain, and it does very well. The film is an adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's popular manga of the same name. Directed by Keishi Ōtomo with no major faults and lots of finesse, the film stars charismatic Takeru Satoh and Emi Takei, which had chemistry between them ready to explode! All those fictional events that take place during the early Meiji period in Japan, telling the story of a wanderer named Himura Kenshin, formerly known as the assassin "Hitokiri Battusai," looked so real that I almost accepted them as facts.
An ideal artistic mix of fast and furious choreography incorporated in the sword fights gives Sato Naoki an opportunity to show his outstanding acting abilities. One of the film critics wrote that "His energetic score pounds out the action scenes to a barbarian beat..." and that is very suitable description for what was seen on the big screen. You are in for a treat with a movie which offers balanced action scenes which are always fun to watch but not too intense, a movie with appealing characters and very fine polishing as a final product. Rurouni Kenshin works extremely well as a standalone movie, though it does do plenty to set up a likely sequel. Looking forward that happening sooner than later!
I have no history with this cartoon anime show or comic, but it wasn't a far fetched story. From beginning to end, the atmosphere supports most of the movie. There are plenty of places where the acting and storyline slow down and the film editing isn't as crisp as I've seen in other foreign films done by the Japanese, but the swordsmanship wasn't bad. I thought character development was fine for someone who doesn't know much about the anime show, but I feel like the final battle could have been hyped a bit more. Overall, not the worst foreign flick to watch on a Tuesday night.
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