Plot / Synopsis
A live-action film adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin was announced on June 28, 2011. Produced by Warner Bros., the film will be directed by Keishi Ōtomo which stars Takeru Satoh (played the main character Ryotaro Nogami in Kamen Rider Den-O) as Kenshin Himura, Emi Takei as Kaoru, Yuu Aoi as Megumi Takani, Munetaka Aoki as Sanosuke Sagara, Taketo Tanaka as Myojin Yahiko, Koji Kikkawa as Jine Udo, Yosuke Eguchi as Hajime Saitou, and Teruyuki Kagawa as Kanryuu Takeda. The film is scheduled for a August 25, 2012 release, and is slated for an internationally release later on as the Rurouni Kenshin a.k.a. Samurai X is a very good anime series.
Watch Rurouni Kenshin Live Action movie first teaser trailer here:
Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie Trailer Impressions
Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Film Trailer Review
Japan is known as the home of manga and anime. The Rurouni Kenshin series is considered to be one of the best anime series that came from Japan, and has since been released worldwide as Samurai X. Making a live action film of something as nostalgic as the Rurouni Kenshin series is guaranteed to receive both positive and negative criticism.
Rurouni Kenshin holds a very high nostalgic value and is probably the main reason why fans of the anime or manga series might have mixed reactions over it. Basing from the feedback received by the first teaser trailer for the live action film, it is looking good for the Rurouni Kenshin Japanese film adaptation. Thank the samurai gods that it is made in Japan. Various U.S. entertainment companies had a bad habit and established an awful reputation of adapting various Japanese series and "Americanizing" them. Just look at what they did with poor pronunciation of names and lame voice acting after dubbing an anime series in question, and even completely bastardizing a franchise just like what they did with Dragonball Evolution. So I cannot be blamed when my expectations plummeted to hell when I heard that an American company like Warner Bros. is responsible for making a live-action movie adaptation for Rurouni Kenshin. Luckily, the Studio is only responsible for the distribution and funding of the film and it is all Japanese to put it to words. This doesn't mean that everyone will welcome a live-action film of the animated series or the comics they grew up with. But even so, this is one train that cannot be stopped. I for one am curious to how they will put to film the epic story and romance of Kenshi and Kaoru. I have followed the Kamen Rider Den-O tokusatsu series and I can say that Takeru Satoh is a nice pick to play as the reformed Hitokiri Battousai. I for one am excited to get my hands in this live action movie adaptation of Samurai X.
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