[ Directed by ]
[ Produced by ]
[ Cast ]
• SATOH Takeru HIMURA Kenshin
• TAKEI Emi KAMIYA Kaoru
• KIKKAWA Koji UDO Jine
• AOI Yu TAKANI Megumi
• EGUCHI Yosuke SAITO Hajime
• KAGAWA Teruyuki TAKEDA Kanryu
[ Staff ]
• Original Comic: “RUROUNI KENSHIN” BY NOBUHIRO WATSUKI
• Screenplay: FUJII Kiyomi
• Screenplay: OTOMO Keishi
• Music3 SATO Naoki
• Action Director: TANIGAKI Kenji
[ Production Company ]
“RUROUNI KENSHIN” FILM PARTNERS
[ Distributor (Japan) ]
WARNER BROS. PICTURES JAPAN
[ Production Studio ]
Release Date: August 25, 2012
Running Time: 134 min
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Feature
Screening Format: 35mm,DCP
Screen Size: Cinema Scope (1:2.35)
Sound Processing: -,Dolby SRD+SR
[ Story ]
A live-action adaptation of Watsuki Nobuhiro’s sword-action manga that has sold a total of over 57 million copies, been translated in 23 countries, and also inspired an animated series. A slight and mild-mannered young man who was once an assassin working for anti-Shogunate forces vows to abandon killing after the Meiji Revolution, and devotes his sword-wielding talents to helping others. The film features an abundance of tricky action scenes, and grossed over 3 billion yen in Japan.
In the 11th year of the Meiji Period (1878), a woman named Kaoru (Takei Emi) who runs a sword training dojo barely escapes death at the hands of a monstrous figure who calls himself Battosai the Killer, thanks to the red-headed Kenshin (Satoh Takeru). However, the true identity of the legendary, lethal Battosai is actually none other than Kenshin.
[ Official Site ]
[ Film Festivals, Awards ]
• 2012 Busan International Film Festival, Open Cinema
• 2012 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, Official Fantastic Competition
• 2013 Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
In the troubled times of the end of the Tokugawa shogunate, the young Himura Kenshin is a legendary murderess named Hitokiri Battousai that after killing many opponents, he decided to leave the sword. Ten years later, the equally turbulent period of the beginning of the Meiji era, Himura is a masterless samurai who wanders offend support the weak to atone for past sins. Meet Kamiya Kaoru, the daughter of a deceased master swordsman who seeks to carry on the school opened by his father. Step by step Himura finds himself involved in a plot hatched by the evil Kanryu that through the production and smuggling of opium on a massive scale is to become the master of the city and, why not, in the country. To realize his desires Kanryu he keeps segregated a young daughter of a doctor of the Custodian of opium production secrets and a gang of ruthless thugs among which a swordsman who is posing as Hitokiri Batt ō know. In homage to his new principles of peace, he wants to deal with Himura using only a wireless sword but ….
Based on a manga series of enormous success – 55 million total copies sold – which has already given rise to anime, novels and TV series, the film can be taken as an example not so much of a manga translation into film, as a real fumettizzazione of the film. Stories, characters, movements, music are all functional to recreate the atmosphere and the content sometimes fracassone cartoon, for the joy of the fans. The confirmation comes from the box office: Rurouni kenshin is the eleventh Japanese films seen in 2012, with revenues of around $ 37 million.
There is very little else to say except to note that while the two protagonists, Kenshin (Sat ō Takeru) and Kaoru (Emi Takei), they remember almost just for the flatness of the acting and the banality of faces, stands out once again provision of Kagawa Teruyuki in the treacherous Kanryu. Nice and almost unrecognizable, although she misses fisicio role, Aoi Y ū in the part of the producer of opium. Director Keishi Otomo does not boast a great resume. Prior to this, he just signed a film based on a successful drama, again directed by him. In 2010, then, he has directed – and this is probably what opened the doors of directing Rurouni Kenshi n – Ry ō maden , taiga (historical annual drama of NHK) that had a positive outcome.