January 06, 2013

Rurouni Kenshin (2012)

Rurouni Kenshin (2012)
Directed by: Keishi Ohtomo
Country: Japan

Review: Adapted from a popular Manga series, what we foresaw in “Rurouni Kenshin” was provided, yet in an uneven manner. The movie tells the adventures of a former assassin who seeks redemption in the beginning of Meiji period. He became a wandering swordsman, known for using a reverse sword to protect people. This new way of life will be challenged, when a wealthy opium merchant gets in his way. A well composed cinematography contrasts with a not so impressive story, where swords and machine guns are mixed. The fights put the energy that was supposed to, yet sometimes look too cartoonish, while the characterization produced a weird effect with the heroes seeming teen-warriors and the villains eccentric. Far from the best samurai movies, “Rurouni Kenshin” can be watchable, but just if we look into it as an animated entertainment.


  1. Kenshi isn't supposed to be seen as a samurai movie, it's supposed to be seen as a based-on-a-franchise blockbuster. And a successful at that. I think you're expectations of the movie skewed your view of it.

    1. You're right, my expectations were too high. But the truth is that I got slightly bored. :)


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