Rurouni Kenshin live action trilogy

This is the place to discuss Asian films from all areas and genres! From The Seven Samurai to Battle Royale, from Matango to Gunhed.....let the discussion begin!

Moderator: Controllers

Rurouni Kenshin live action trilogy

Postby sentaison » Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:13 pm

I've watched all three now and I can honestly say that the first two are among the most entertaining movies I've seen recently. Beautiful cinematography, wonderful settings, a great, well chosen cast, and fantastic fight choreography. There is some wire work involved, but there is also a lot of physical work on the part of the actors, especially by Takeru Satoh who plays Kenshin. There are several scenes where you're not sure if you just saw some very subtle wire work or some really amazing, Jackie Chan in his prime, style maneuvering. The stories in both films are entertaining, the plot moving along nicely, while not feeling rushed.

Unfortunately the third film falls down in the story department. The second film starts the Makoto Shishio storyline which is considered the highlight of both the manga and the anime. With the third film the film makers tried to fit the rest of the storyline into one film, which led to a story that was rushed with minimal story used to tie fight scene after fight scene together. You still have the great looking film, acting, and fight choreography that made the first two films so enjoyable. But by the time you get to the final battle, you're burned out. The fights impact is lost because of the extended scenes of battle that preceded it. It's still a film worth watching, but falls short compared to the previous two.

So overall a trilogy worth watching, especially if your a fan of either the manga or anime, just be ready to be worn out by the end of the third film.
User avatar
sentaison
Godzilla
 
Posts: 689
Joined: Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:33 am

Re: Rurouni Kenshin live action trilogy

Postby lhb412 » Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:02 am

I might have to see this. I never got into the anime (it aired just as I was switching from watching Toonami to watching Adult Swim), but I do love me some samurai movies.

... wasn't the anime called 'Samurai X' or something for television in the US? I remember people on the internet still referred to it as 'Rurouni Kenshin' anyway!
User avatar
lhb412
Millennium Godzilla
 
Posts: 15503
Joined: Sun Jul 27, 2003 7:11 pm

Re: Rurouni Kenshin live action trilogy

Postby sentaison » Sat Dec 19, 2015 3:41 am

lhb412 wrote:I might have to see this. I never got into the anime (it aired just as I was switching from watching Toonami to watching Adult Swim), but I do love me some samurai movies.

... wasn't the anime called 'Samurai X' or something for television in the US? I remember people on the internet still referred to it as 'Rurouni Kenshin' anyway!


Samurai X was the U.S. name for the OVA releases dealing with Kenshin's time as an assassin before the tv series (also showing how he got the X scar) and his later years with Kaoru. It was the Toonami showings of the anime series that got me hooked.
User avatar
sentaison
Godzilla
 
Posts: 689
Joined: Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:33 am

Re: Rurouni Kenshin live action trilogy

Postby Dai » Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:54 pm

These movies are stunningly beautiful; the cinematography and lighting are artful to an extent I thought had been lost in Japanese cinema. The fight scenes are varied and exciting, actors are well cast and turn in solid performances, and the music is gorgeous. The only weak link is, as Sentaison pointed out, the third film. It's not bad by any measure, but it abbreviates too many elements; you get the fights, but you lose why some people are fighting. Granted, the anime went too far the other way at times, especially Soujiro's interminable flashbacks during his duel with Kenshin.

Spoiler Below:
Also, I thought that turning Kenshin's climactic duel with Shishio into a multi-fight where everyone piles on the bandaged bugger was a mistake. It robs the scene of the tension it had in the anime.
User avatar
Dai
Heisei Godzilla
 
Posts: 1041
Joined: Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:07 pm
Location: UK

Re: Rurouni Kenshin live action trilogy

Postby lhb412 » Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:01 pm

... and Funimation has acquired the films for home video and limited theatrical release!

http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/06/21/funimation-licenses-live-action-rurouni-kenshin-trilogy
User avatar
lhb412
Millennium Godzilla
 
Posts: 15503
Joined: Sun Jul 27, 2003 7:11 pm

Re: Rurouni Kenshin live action trilogy

Postby sentaison » Tue Jun 21, 2016 11:04 pm

That's fantastic news! I already have them on Blu ray through Australia's Madman films, but will gladly buy the US releases, as well as catch the big screen showings. I really do love Rurouni Kenshin and these films are probably the best live action adaptations of manga/anime characters.
User avatar
sentaison
Godzilla
 
Posts: 689
Joined: Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:33 am


Return to Japanese and Asian Sci-Fi, Horror and non-Genre films!

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests