Rurouni Kenshin (2012) Review
Notable Faces: Sato Takeru
My Thoughts: If you’re a fan of manga or anime you’ve probably heard of Rurouni Kenshin, since its a classic. Even though I never read/or watched it, I knew what the basic premise was and I was surprised to hear that they made a movie. Anyway, I decided to give it a chance and in the end I was really pleased with this film. The characters were portrayed really well and they were fun to watch. My favorite was the title character, Kenshin. He had a really cute and aloof side to him but he also had a lot of skeletons in his closet. It was almost as if he could become a different person when the circumstances allowed and I loved that. And him saying “Oro” was just so cute. (Watch the film to get what I’m referencing here lol) Another thing I enjoyed was the juxtoposition of the feudal era and the coming of the 20th century. While many were still wearing kimonos, others started dressing in western attire. Also, the whole samurai system was becoming less prominent and swords were replaced with guns and mechanical inventions. I thought that contrast was very realistically rendered and presented. The only thing I did not like about this movie was how weak the female character were. I know every film can’t have a strong female kicking ass but I think in a historical/martial arts type of film there should be at least ONE. For example, there was one scene where the villain was just beating on a female character and I though “Ugh, look at this crap!” And then I just began to imagine how shitty it most of been for women back during they time period. There were probably way more rapes, and crimes against women. So, I’m just tired of the whole damsel in distress thing so I want more from the leading ladies~ Lastly, the ending was very beautifully shot and joyful, and the camera panned to capture the emotions and reactions on every one of the characters’ face. I really liked how all of the characters, at first seemed like misfits or incompatible, eventually formed a sort of team and family.
Should You “Waste Your Time”?: Rurouni Kenshin is a definite must watch. Its probably one of my favorite J-movies now :)