Finally, the movie all anime fanatics in the Philippines are waiting for is here! SM Cinema exclusively presents Rurouni Kenshin, which will start showing December 5. I had the privilege of watching the movie. Here’s my review:
For the uninitiated (like me), the movie is an adaptation of the original anime popular known as Samurai X in some countries. It is tells the story of Himura Kenshin, a swordsman on his quest to become a wanderer to protect the people of Japan. It grew to great popularity in Japan and the US, and eventually spread out like wildfire all over the world, including the Philippines. Half action and half-romace, the live action film is a historical fiction set in the years after Japan’s final Civil War and the dissolution of the samurai caste.
I am not a follower of the manga and anime versions, but this action/drama film adaptation directed by Keishi Ohtomo is another movie I highly recommend watching. Staring Takeru Sato as Himura Kenshin, the Japanese actor and the entire cast did a great job in the acting department. Writers Nobuhiro Watsuki, Kiyomi Fujii and Keishi Ohtomo did a wonderful script in Rurouni Kenshin. And of course, the set design is epic!
I’m not going to give any spoilers here. All I can say is that I enjoyed the movie despite not knowing anything much about the original version. I love the fact that it’s not gory even though there are fight scenes, killings and blood. The MTRCB gave a PG-13 rating, meaning your teenage kids can watch it, but with a good guidance from parents. I enjoyed the fight scene and the sword fight. But it’s not all about fighting and anger; comedy and romance is also thrown in for a good balance.
Best of all is the fact that there is a moral lesson from the movie. Yes, it clearly tells the audience that one can turn his/her back from his nightmarish past, repent and be a better person.
Judging from the audience reactions at the premiere screening, this is a good adaptation of the original manga and anime series. Don’t miss Rurouni Kenshin at SM Cinema Theaters, whether you’re an anime follower or not.