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Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal -- In the era of Japan's Meiji Restoration, an assassin regains his humanity.


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20 February 1999 (Japan) See more »
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In the era of Japan's Meiji Restoration, an assassin regains his humanity. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Mayo Suzukaze ... Kenshin Himura (voice: Japanese version)
Junko Iwao ... Tomoe Yukishiro (voice: Japanese version)
Nozomu Sasaki ... Enishi Yukishiro (voice: Japanese version)
Masami Suzuki ... Shinta (voice: Japanese version)
Shûichi Ikeda ... Seijûrô Hiko (voice: Japanese version)
Tomokazu Seki ... Kogorô Katsura (voice: Japanese version)
Wataru Takagi ... Shinsaku Takasugi (voice: Japanese version)
Ryûsei Nakao ... Îzuka (voice: Japanese version)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ... Hajime Saitô (voice: Japanese version)
Yôko Ogai ... Sôshi Okita (voice: Japanese version) (as Akari Hibino)
Minoru Uchida ... Tatsumi (voice: Japanese version)
Tetsuya Iwanaga ... Akira Kiyosato (voice: Japanese version)
Satoshi Tsuruoka ... Jubei Shigekûra (voice: Japanese version)
Mitsuaki Hoshino ... Katagai (voice: Japanese version)
Hiromi Setsu ... Ikumatsu (voice: Japanese version)
Rikiya Koyama ... Toshizô Hijikata (voice: Japanese version)
Hiroshi Takahashi ... Isami Kondô (voice: Japanese version)
Hiroshi Shimozaki ... Sudo (voice: Japanese version)
Norihisa Mori ... Ishiji (voice: Japanese version)
Azusa Nakao ... Kasumi (voice: Japanese version)
Noriko Namiki ... Akane (voice: Japanese version)
Kaori Yuasa ... Sakura (voice: Japanese version)
Shizuka Okohira ... Landlady (voice: Japanese version)
Takahiro Hirano ... Soldier (voice: Japanese version)
Teppei Takasugi ... Soldier (voice: Japanese version)
Tomokazu Yokoyama ... Soldier (voice: Japanese version)
Makoto Ueki ... Patriot (voice: Japanese version)
Kôichi Tateishi ... Brigand (voice: Japanese version)
Hidenori Konda ... Brigand (voice: Japanese version)
Nobuyuki Saitô ... Brigand (voice: Japanese version)
Mariko Nagahama ... Shirakawa Woman (voice: Japanese version)
Sachiko Ikeda ... Nobii (voice: Japanese version)
Miki Nôsô ... Woman (voice: Japanese version)
Naomi Matamura ... Woman (voice: Japanese version)
Reiji Kamiya ... (voice: Japanese version)
Naoko Seto ... (voice: Japanese version)
Mitsuyo Tanaka ... (voice: Japanese version)
Mika Ishibashi ... (voice: Japanese version)
Sachie Maruyama ... (voice: Japanese version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lowell Bartholomee ... Iizuka (voice: English version) (as L.B. Bartholomee)
Jose Brown ... Kondo (voice: English version)
John Bull ... Hijikata (voice: English version)
Katherine Catmull ... Katsu, Shinta (voice: English version)
Ray Clayton ... Kiyosato (voice: English version)
Ken Cook ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Rebecca Davis ... Tomoe Yukishiro (voice: English version)
Smokey Delange ... Shigekura (voice: English version)
Martinique Duchene ... Kuma, Flower Vendor (voice: English version)
Mallard Fillmore ... Soudou (voice: English version)
Lainie Frasier ... Landlady (voice: English version)
Corey Gagne ... Katsura (voice: English version)
Brian Gaston ... Enishi (voice: English version)
Samantha Inoue Harte ... Additional Characters (voice: English version)
Christa Kimlicko-Jones ... Kasumi (voice: English version)
Ellie McBride ... Etoro (voice: English version)
Tish Morone ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Noah Passavoy ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Jason Phelps ... Takasugi (voice: English version)
John Paul Shephard ... Tatsumi (voice: English version)
Boon Sheridan ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Jason P. Stingley ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Douglas Taylor ... Katagai (voice: English version)
Lara Toner ... Ikumatsu (voice: English version)
Kari Waggoner ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
J. Shanon Weaver ... Kenshin Himura, Okita (voice: English version) (as J. Shannon Weaver)
Ken Webster ... Saitou (voice: English version)
Cyndi Lou Williams ... Urara (voice: English version)
Joe York ... Hiko (voice: English version)
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Directed by
Kazuhiro Furuhashi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Masashi Sogo  screenplay
Nobuhiro Watsuki 

Produced by
Katsunori Furihashi .... producer: SME Visual Works [jp]
Hiroshi Hasegawa .... executive producer
Yoshinori Naruke .... producer
Kazuki Noguchi .... producer
Ryuzo Shirakawa .... executive producer
Original Music by
Taku Iwasaki 
Cinematography by
Masahide Okino 
Art Direction by
Masami Hagiwara 
Sound Department
Shoji Hata .... sound director
Minoru Yamada .... sound effects
Toshiyuki Yoshida .... sound recording engineer
Animation Department
Masahide Yanagisawa .... character designer
Music Department
Otohiko Fujita .... musician: horn
Masakazu Ishibashi .... musician: oboe
Megumi Ishibashi .... musician: horn
Yoshio Kizu .... musician: flute
Hijiri Kuwano .... musician: strings
Hajime Miura .... musician: percussion
Eric Miyashiro .... musician: trumpet
Eijiro Nakagawa .... musician: trombone
Midori Takada .... musician: percussion
Other crew
Neal Barnes .... subtitle timing (English version)
Kelly Jean Beard .... production assistant (English version)
Maki Nagano .... production assistant (English version)
Masami Takahashi .... production assistant (English version)
Akiko Yoshii .... production assistant (English version)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Tsuioku Hen" - Japan (original title)
"Rurôni Kenshin: Reminicense" - USA (second part title)
"Rurôni Kenshin: Romantic Tales from the Meiji Era" - USA (first part title)
"Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal" - USA (reissue title)
"Samurai X: Betrayal" - USA (short version)
"Samurai X: Trust" - USA (short version)
"Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal" - International (English title) (director's cut)
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USA:120 min
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Did You Know?

The story of Rurouni Kenshin is a highly fictionalized tale very loosely based on real historical figures. The region 1 DVDs published by ADV include some brief notes that connect the anime characters to their historical counterparts.See more »
Landlady:[referring to Tomoe] She may have had some trouble in the past but I'm not letting that bother me. If I kicked out everyone who's had a bad history, I wouldn't have any servants or clients.See more »
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References Batman (1989)See more »
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful miniseries that deserves more exposure, 24 November 2002
Author: NestorForjan from Spain

Forget the famous Rurouni Kenshin TV series. This has nothing to do with it. Well, yes, it's supposed to be a prequel, but the tone, mood and depth of it makes it a completely different story. It's a lyric and very adult tale about love, death, politics and betrayal that deserved, not only a theatrical release, but also massive exposure.

Production values are extraordinary and it's packed with more expressive resources than all western animation ever. Look specially for one of the best representations of smell in the history of filmmaking.

But the best part is the story. Layer over layer of meaning and symbolism create a tight, dark and deep tale. Nothing is said, nothing is shown that doesn't bear deep significance, be it a cryptic sentence, a shot of a child's toy or a slash through the face.

And then there's the fights. When "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" opened everybody talked about how the fights revealed character. Well, Rurouni Kenshin does the same thing much better, and it doesn't need 10 minutes each time. The fights are short and brutal, swords actually cut the flesh, but there's so much being told each time.

One of the most beautiful things here is what's left off screen. Rurouni Kenshin is a historical epic, but history isn't shown directly to the viewer, it isn't spelled out for you. We focus on the characters. They go through history, sometimes they even change it, but we are not shown the politics and the fights for power. We stay with Kenshin, an assassin, a mere pawn in those fights. We see the killing and then we hear the vague echoes of what it causes. The story is moved forward, but we have to build it back together with the information we receive through Kenshin's eyes. Yes, this is what critics mean when they talk about a `demanding' film.

Rurouni Kenshin is a work of art. Well worth your time and money. It comes in two one-hour volumes (two chapters each), but the best way to experience it is seeing them all back to back, as a two hour feature film. Two thumbs up and go get it.

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