Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Rurouni Kenshin: Samurai X Live Action Review

The actual movie did not disappoint at all and covered the arc that included meeting and rescuing Megumi Takani from Kanryu Takeda. It was not only a good adaptation but also a good movie in its own right. The sword fighting is amazing, the directing is brilliant, and the story is told correctly. Going to the movie house I was expecting a mediocre, cheesy retelling of the Rurouni Kenshin story, suitable only for diehard fans of the series (think Gantz and Death Note) – but I was wrong. Dead wrong.

The movie overall is adapted very well for the silver screen. It does not mirror the manga or anime plot exactly, but given the time restraints, the plot still flowed relatively smoothly while including classic original scenes and lines. After all, Kenshin is not Kenshin without his "de gozaru" and "oro".  I am a little bit disappointed with the character Saitou though. I guess I was looking forward too much to his hair. It didn’t stand much in the movie. Boo.

Reminds you of a cockroach don’t it? Heh.

Simply put, Rurouni Kenshin may be one of the single best Japanese live-action adaptations I have ever seen. All in all, Rurouni Kenshin, although not the perfect movie, is certainly worth seeing on the silver screen.

Here’s a trailer for you to watch. Enjoy!

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