5 items from 2013
Director: Keishi Ohtomo
Release Date: Summer – 2014
Takeru Sato – Kenshin Himura
Tatsuya Fujiwara – Makoto Shishio
Emi Takei – Kaoru Kamiya
Yu Aoi – Megumi Takani
Munetaka Aoki – Sanosuke Sagara
Former legendary assassin Kenshin Himura (Takeru Sato) has now become a wandering samurai. Offerring aid & protecting those in need as atonement for his past deeds. During this time Kenshin Himura comes across and aides Kaoru Kamiya (Emi Takei). Her father opened the Kamiya Kasshin-ryu, a kendo school located in Tokyo and Kaoru is now an instructor there. Kaoru then invites Kenshin to stay at her dojo. Their relationship develops further, but Kenshin is still haunted by his violent past.
The two upcoming Rurouni Kenshin movies entitled “Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire Arc” and “Rurouni Kenshin: The End of a Legend Arc” are said to be released in summer 2014.
Drugs, sleaze, sex, Scots, Irvine Welsh – is it 1996 again? This is just as energetic as Trainspotting, but less hip and more theatrically grim, wallowing in the debauchery and mania of a copper bent way out of shape. The only subtlety to be found is on the face of McAvoy, whose committed performance holds it all together.
Sunshine On Leith (PG)
It worked for Abba, so why not the Proclaimers? Basing an Edinburgh love story around their music turns out to be a fine idea.
(Sophie Fiennes, 2013, UK) 133 mins
Slavoj Žižek gives an absorbing, annotated »
- Steve Rose
From a collection of graphic novels, to an animated television series, to Playstation video games – it seems that the natural progression of the Rurouni Kenshin franchise is a move into cinema, and this popular Japanese manga has finally made its way to the big screen. Though it may not be particularly well known outside of East Asia, with a theatrical release in over 60 nations worldwide, perhaps it’s about time we got to know what Rurouni Kenshin is all about.
Directed by Keishi Ohtomo, we set foot into 1868, in the aftermath of the brutal Bakumatsu war. We delve into the life of Kenshin (Takeru Satô), a former assassin who, in a bid to repent for past sins, has decided to protect the locals, living by an oath to never kill again, One of those in need is Kaoru Kamiya (Emi Takei), a fearsome yet vulnerable woman who seeks in defending »
- Stefan Pape
You can’t keep a wandering Samurai down. Take a look at the latest UK trailer for Keishi Ohtomo’s latest actioner “Rurouni Kenshin”, based on the popular manga. Apparently back in feudal Japan Samurais started really young, because the main character here, who is supposed to be a badass swordsman who has been active for the last 10 years or so, looks barely 17. Must be the good wandering Samurai food. And the pop music soundtrack never hurts, I suppose. Ex-assassin Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satô) has made a vow never to kill again. Now a wandering samurai, Kenshin protects those in hope of reparation. Finding a home at a failing dojo run by Miss Kaoru (Emi Takei), he becomes entangled in a string of murders related to a drug ring run by the ruthless Kanryuu (Teruyuki Kagawa). Rurouni Kenshin follows the story of a man avoiding violence — but will his vow »
Directed by Keishi Ohtomo, Rurouni Kenshin is a live-action adaptation of the well-regarded manga written by Nobuhiro Watsuki and stars Takeru Satô as the titular character alongside Emi Takei, Yû Aoi, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yôsuke Eguchi, Munetaka Aoki and Kôji Kikkawa.
Ex-assassin Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satô) has made a vow never to kill again. Now a wandering samurai, Kenshin protects those in hope of reparation. Finding a home at a failing dojo run by Miss Kaoru (Emi Takei), he becomes entangled in a string of murders related to a drug ring run by the ruthless Kanryuu (Teruyuki Kagawa).
Rurouni Kenshin follows the story of a man avoiding violence – but will his vow be put to the test when those he loves are threatened by his troubled past?
Rurouni Kenshin is released in UK cinemas on October 4th. »
- Phil Wheat
5 items from 2013
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