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Review Ryan Lambie 30 Sep 2013 - 06:07

A successful balance of swords and romance, Japanese samurai epic Rurouni Kenshin is well worth your time, Ryan writes...

Japanese cinema has a grand tradition of samurai movies, from Akira Kurosawa’s lauded classics like Rashomon to more recent entries like Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins. Rurouni Kenshin is a little different, however, in that it’s an action romance clearly aimed at a slightly younger audience. First published in 1994, Nobuhiro Watsuki’s original Manga was a hit among both male and female readers, resulting in successful anime adaptations, videogames, and now a live-action movie. Director Keishi Otomo adapts the story with flair, offering up a lavish period piece that’s as full of swooning romantic drama as it is katana-swinging violence.

A beautifully-staged opening battle in the mountains of Kyoto sets the scene: it’s 1868, and the forces of the Meiji government have defeated the military shogunate, »

- ryanlambie

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