Rurouni Kenshin: Part 1: Origins
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Rurouni Kenshin: Part 1: Origins
Licensed: Funimation (USA)
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Length: 134 min + 52 min (Extras)
Genre: Action/Samurai/Drama
Available: :: DVD / Blu-ray ::
July 2, 2014 (JPN)
November 1, 2016 (USA)
Audio: Japanese 5.1
English 5.1
Subtitles: English
Ratio: 16:9
MSRP: $34.98
Discs: 1xDVD / 1xBlu-ray
Rated: TV-MA
Updated: 05/23/2017
     > When I saw this on Blu-ray at a local retailer, I just needed a friend's recommendation to make the purchase. It's been well over ten years since I last viewed the original Rurouni Kenshin anime, and it remains one of my favorite samurai action series. My memory of Kenshin's wandering adventures isn't too detailed, but I had deja vu often while watching this live action adaptation.
     > Let me say, the scenery is quite nice in this film. The music seems sparse at times, but what's there does a good job of setting the tone. I wasn't sure if the actor playing Kenshin would be able to pull it off, but I'm happy to report he does a great job! Also, there wasn't too much whining or crying by the women -- check. If you're looking for nudity, then look elsewhere.
     > Kenshin Himura is a war torn samurai who disavows bloodshed, and carries a reverse blade to avoid killing anyone that challenges him. Even so, the movie is full of samurai fight scenes that merely end in a pummeling. He befriends the beautiful and naive instructor Kaoru, who runs a dojo in her family's honor. Times are changing, though, and danger seems to find Kenshin all the time. Can he save the town and his lovely friend from the clutches of a greedy drug dealer and a ruthless killer? All without bloodshed??
Bottom Line:
     > I like the actors, costumes, action, sets, and special effects. Rurouni Kenshin isn't a big-budget movie, but you'll enjoy it just the same. Even the English dub that Funimation produced is decent. That's wonderful, because I don't like reading the text of an entire movie while following the action. This film isn't perfect, but it tells a compelling story with great visual flare. Fans of the manga and anime will certainly appreciate this move adaptation. Otherwise, it's a very stylish samurai flick of good vs. evil.
Overall: 85%
~ Shinobi ~
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Wallpaper - Kenshin Himura
Wallpaper - Kenshin Himura

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