Rurouni Kenshin: Origins - A Review of the 2012 Live-Action Film Adaptation of the Popular Manga
Rurouni Kenshin: Origins (also known as Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning in some regions) is a 2012 Japanese period action-adventure film based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The film was directed by Keishi Otomo and starred Takeru Satoh as the titular character, a former assassin who has vowed to never kill again and wanders the countryside of Japan during the early Meiji era, offering protection and aid to those in need. The film also featured Emi Takei as Kaoru Kamiya, a young woman who runs a swordsmanship dojo and becomes Kenshin's love interest, as well as Koji Kikkawa, Yu Aoi, Munetaka Aoki, Go Ayano, Eiji Okuda, Yosuke Eguchi and Teruyuki Kagawa in supporting roles.
The film was a critical and commercial success in Japan, grossing over $36 million domestically and over $60 million worldwide as of November 2012. It was also well received by fans of the original manga and anime series, who praised the faithful adaptation of the characters, story and action scenes. The film was licensed for distribution in over 60 countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia, and was released in North America by Funimation Films in August 2016 with an English dub. The film was followed by two sequels, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, which were released in 2014 and covered the Kyoto arc of the manga.
The film's plot follows Kenshin's arrival in Tokyo in 1878, where he meets Kaoru Kamiya and her friends at her dojo. He also encounters his old enemies from his assassin days, such as UdÅ Jin-e, a sadistic killer who has stolen his old sword and uses it to murder innocent people under the name of Battosai. Kenshin also crosses paths with Saito Hajime, a former Shinsengumi captain who is now a police officer working for the Meiji government. Saito suspects that Takeda Kanryu, a wealthy but cruel businessman, is behind a series of crimes involving opium smuggling and human trafficking. Kenshin agrees to help Saito stop Kanryu's schemes, but also has to face his own past and inner demons.
The film's main theme is redemption, as Kenshin struggles to atone for his sins as an assassin and live up to his vow of never killing again. The film also explores the contrast between the old feudal era and the new modern era of Japan, as well as the conflicts between different ideologies and values. The film's action scenes are well choreographed and executed, using a combination of practical effects, wire work and CGI. The film's soundtrack was composed by Naoki Sato and features both traditional Japanese instruments and modern rock elements.
Rurouni Kenshin: Origins is a must-watch for fans of the manga and anime series, as well as for anyone who enjoys a good historical action-adventure film with a compelling story and characters. The film is available to watch on Netflix in HD quality. c481cea774