MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 417 this week

Rurouni Kenshin (2012)
"Rurôni Kenshin: Meiji kenkaku roman tan" (original title)

7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 11,344 users  
Reviews: 51 user | 38 critic

In 1868, after the end of the Bakumatsu war, the former assassin Kenshin Himura promises to defend those in need without killing. Kenshin wanders through Japan with a reverse-edged sword ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(manga), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 02 Sep 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 05 Dec 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 54 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Rurouni Kenshin" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Rurouni Kenshin (2012)

Rurouni Kenshin (2012) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Rurouni Kenshin.
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

The adventures of a young wandering swordsman who stumbles upon a struggling martial arts school in Meiji era Japan.

Stars: Richard Cansino, Mayo Suzukaze, Dean Wein
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Stars: Leraldo Anzaldua, Lowell Bartholomee, Meg Bauman
Samurai X: Reflection (Video 2001)
Animation | Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Kenshin and Kaoru are married. Kenshin leaves Kaoru with their son, Kenji, to lead a revolution in China. But both of them suffer from a seemingly incurable disease. 15 years later, Kenshin... See full summary »

Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Stars: Mayo Suzukaze, Miki Fujitani, Mîna Tominaga
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

In the era of Japan's Meiji Restoration, an assassin regains his humanity.

Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Stars: Mayo Suzukaze, Junko Iwao, Nozomu Sasaki
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Shishio has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru with him. In order to stop him in time, Kenshin trains with his old master to learn his final technique.

Director: Keishi Ohtomo
Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Takeru Satô, Emi Takei
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Stars: Leraldo Anzaldua, Lowell Bartholomee, Meg Bauman
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Takimi Shigure watched his friends and family get cut down in the name of ... See full summary »

Director: Tsuji Hajiki
Stars: Mayo Suzukaze, J. Shanon Weaver, Miki Fujitani
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A martial arts instructor from the police force gets imprisoned after killing a man by accident. But when a vicious killer starts targeting martial arts masters, the instructor offers to help the police in return for his freedom.

Director: Teddy Chan
Stars: Donnie Yen, Charlie Yeung, Baoqiang Wang
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A love story between a famous 25-year-old songwriter, who keeps his identity hidden from the public, and a 16-year-old high school student who possesses a gifted voice.

Director: Norihiro Koizumi
Stars: Takeru Satô, Mitsuki Tanimura, Takashi Sorimachi
Director: Akira Nagai
Stars: Takeru Satô, Aoi Miyazaki, Gaku Hamada
Real (2013)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Koichi (Sato) and Atsumi (Ayase) are childhood friends who have become lovers. Despite this closeness when Atsumi attempts suicide Koichi is at a loss to understand the circumstances that ... See full synopsis »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Takeru Satô, Haruka Ayase, Jô Odagiri
Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Warriors called "Saints" are the champions of hope who have always appeared since the Age of Myth whenever evil threatens the world. In this present day story, many years since the long ... See full summary »

Director: Kei'ichi Sato
Stars: Kaito Ishikawa, Kenji Akabane, Kensho Ono
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Takeru Satô ...
...
...
...
Yôsuke Eguchi ...
Munetaka Aoki ...
Taketo Tanaka ...
Kôji Kikkawa ...
Edit

Storyline

In 1868, after the end of the Bakumatsu war, the former assassin Kenshin Himura promises to defend those in need without killing. Kenshin wanders through Japan with a reverse-edged sword during the transition of the samurai age to the New Age. When Kenshin helps the idealistic Kaoru Kamiya from the gangsters of the powerful opium drug lord Kanryuu Takeda that wants her school for his production of opium, Kaoru invites Kenshin to stay in the school. But the drug chemist Megumi Takani escapes from Kanryuu and seeks shelter in the school. Meanwhile the killer Battosai is murdering police officers and leaving messages attached to their bodies. When Kanryuu poisons the population to get the school, Kenshin and the street fighter Sanosuke Sagara join forces to attack their common enemy. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama | History

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 August 2012 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Rurouni Kenshin  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Based on the manga Rurouni kenshin See more »

Connections

Followed by Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

The Beginning
Written by Takahiro Morita (as Taka)
Performed by One Ok Rock
Courtesy of A-Sketch
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Tries a little too hard to pander to fans and risks alienating the rest of the audience as a result
7 September 2012 | by (Nara, Japan) – See all my reviews

I went to see this film last night with absolutely no knowledge of the manga upon which it was based, which was both a good and a bad thing. Good, because I understand how the average movie goer like myself will feel about this film. Bad, because I feel like as a fan of the original comic, I would have taken a lot more out of this film.

I'll start with the positives - this movie is beautifully filmed. There is not a single unattractive shot within it. I really feel like this movie was made for fans, by fans, because it is so lovingly crafted. The sets are gorgeous, the lighting and colour palette lovely, and the choreography of the fight scenes? FUN. It's actively enjoyable to watch Kenshin dance around with his sword. You actually believe that he is this extraordinary swordsmen, agile and swift.

Which brings me to Sato Takeru, who plays Kenshin himself. Again, I feel like he was a fan of the series, as he seems to be so invested in the role. I've no idea what the character of Kenshin was like in the manga, but Sato's portrayal is so layered and believable, I can't imagine it strays far. On that note, I felt like all of the actors did quite a good job. I've a friend who assures me the personalities of all the female characters do not line up with the manga, but I was actually completely satisfied with them! I was particularly enamored with Aoi Yu (whom I don't think has ever disappointed me in a role) who did her best with the script given to her in the role of Megumi.

But this brings me to what I felt were the weak points of the film. First, was the over inclusion of bit characters. I said this to friends afterwards, I'm sure if I was a fan of the series they would have been charming cameos from beloved fan favourites. As it is though, to me their inclusion seemed pointless, and stole time that could have been better spent on plot development.

And honestly, the plot for the film? A bit weak, and never properly fleshed out. A lot of characters who seem important to the story are never given proper motivations, leaving them seeming 2 dimensional - and the story as well, as a result. Particularly at the end, I feel like the storyline fell to pieces in a series of rushed character inclusions/fight scenes. This is the problem with a film made by fans for fans - while you can feel the love that's been poured into it, you can also see that they're trying too hard to put EVERYTHING in to a two hour film. These sort of films really suffer because they don't have someone ruthlessly eliminating the excess, and making the film more accessible to the public at large.

I read that they're hoping for an international release for this film, and I'm not terribly convinced that it will succeed. Fans of the original anime overseas will be at best a niche market (at least for the domestic release, there's a good chance the majority of the audience will have at best a passing familiarity with the series) and I feel like the rapid inclusion of bewildering useless characters will leave many in the audience feeling somewhat alienated.

I thoroughly enjoyed the film, don't get me wrong, and I intend to seek out the manga as a result. However, I feel like they've pigeonholed themselves somewhat with their audience, if not so much domestically, then definitely abroad. However, if you can manage to be like me and just sit back and let the beautiful cinematography and Sato's truly excellent portrayal of Kenshin wash over you, you'll derive plenty of pleasure from this film.


45 of 75 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Great adaptation, like it or not. bw-patterson
On DVD yet, or to screen in the USA?? bintyfix
Thoughts on the action choreography shogo10
Petition to have RK shown US Nationwide! goodolsgrl
Last Fight! tomasse100
Two Part Sequel Tequillla
Discuss Rurouni Kenshin (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page