Starring: Sato Takeru as Kenshin Himura, Takei Emi as Kaoru Kamiya, Eguchi Yosuke as Hajime Saito, Aoki Munetaka as Sanosuke Sagara, and Aoi Yu as Megumi Takani
Rating: PG-13, some violence
Running Time: Rurouni Kenshin (2012) 135 min, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (2014) 139 min, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (2014) 135 min
Twinkies: 5 stars forever
Synopsis: Based on popular manga series “Rurouni Kenshin” written and illustrated by Watsuki Nobuhiro. (Rurouni Kenshin)- Former legendary assassin Kenshin Himura has now become a wandering samurai. Offerring 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 furhter, but Kenshin is still haunted by his violent past.
(Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno)-The “Kyoto Version” took place several months after Kenshin joins the Kamiya Dojo. Shishio Makoto plans to conquer Japan by destroying the Meiji Government, starting with Kyoto. Feeling that his friends may be attacked, Kenshin goes to meet Shishio alone in order to defeat him. However, many of his friends, including a young Oniwabanshū named Makimachi Misao, decide to help him in his fight.
(Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends) – Shishio has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru with him. In order to stop him in time, Kenshin trains with his old master to learn his final technique.
Musings: Usually when I write about my favorite movies, I tend to save the best for last. In addition, it is also a rarity where you can watch a trilogy (not since Lord of the Rings) and enjoy not only the first but found that the series just kept getting better and better.
If you haven’t seen this series, I suggest that this summer while you are on break from school/work or just on vacation and you need something that is not only exciting to watch but pure entertainment, I highly recommend the Rurouni Kenshin series. This is definitely some of Sato Takeru’s best work! I’ve always been impressed with his acting since first seeing him in an earlier drama, Bloody Monday whereby he was a mere 19 years old. Takeru is one of those consummate actors that truly immerses himself in his role and is well known to doing a lot of studying and research for every one of them and it shows.
The fight sequences and stunts are utterly amazing and pure fun to watch. Every villain featured, especially Makoto Shishio, played brilliantly by Fujiwara Tatsuya (some might remember him from the Death Note movies as Light), were scary, scary, scary! With over 2 hours for each movie, there is never a dull moment and the story flows from one movie to another. I love the fact that you could watch the last story and still understand what happened in the previous ones, but the fun is in watching the entire trilogy, one after another after another.
While each of the movies have their own level of violence, it is not overly done and is pivotal to the story. Granted, this is not for everyone but if you like adventure, samurai, and great entertainment; these movies are a must!!!
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