Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie: A film that deserves a sequel

I was finally able to watch the Rurouni Kenshin: Live Action Movie last December 5. A nice reward after several months of waiting. Initially, rumors had it that the movie was to be shown last October. Social media posts related to those were immediately taken down. This left many confused fans, including myself, wondering if it’ll indeed be scheduled in cinemas within the year.

Thankfully, SM Cinemas finally released official posters and info some time in October. Fans breathe a collective sigh of relief and eagerly waited for it’s December showing date.

(click image for source)
(click image for source)

It’s a testament to my great desire to watch the film that I was at the cinema for the second screening on its first showing day. RK wasn’t going to be on my long list of movies missed in 2012. And all the fan girl moments paid off because the film didn’t disappoint.

screen cap of one of my favorite scenes
screen cap of one of my favorite scenes
  • The Japanese’ attention to details – As a friend said soon after watching the movie, “We should all be thankful that Rurouni Kenshin wasn’t made in Hollywood.” A statement that sums up what made the movie a cinematic masterpiece. I admire how it didn’t stray far from the manga/anime. For me, the casting was superb especially Sato Takeru’s Himura Kenshin. Everyone played their part well IMHO. But it’s the film’s fight scenes that really got me. I’m a nitpicker when it comes to action sequences. RK dished out such breathtaking and well-executed hand-to-hand and sword fighting scenes. ‘Beautiful’ describes all those fight scenes well. I think the people behind the action choreography paid much attention to details. Only that would explain the mastery of movements. There were several instances that I wished that the cinema had pause and rewind buttons so I can watch the amazing fight scenes again.
screen cap of one of the film's many fight scenes that I love
screen cap of one of the film’s many fight scenes that I love

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  • The pureness of entertainment – Entertainment, in its truest form, is engaging. Rurouni Kenshin’s storyline engages the heart and mind — whether it’s the manga, anime, or the live action movie. I found myself with too much feeling for many of the scenes. Each triggers emotions and thoughts that allow you to reach deep into yourself. It could be some funny quips or life lessons hidden beneath characters’ motivations.
screen cap ~ Sato Takeru as Himura Kenshin
screen cap ~ Sato Takeru as Himura Kenshin
screen cap - final scene that seems to leave a promise of a sequel
screen cap – final scene that seems to leave a promise of a sequel

I like how the movie ended with what seems like a promise of a sequel. I sure hope so for it’s one of the truly rare treats that deserves more shots on the big screen.

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