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Rurôni Kenshin: Kyôto taika-hen (2014)

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Kenshin Himura goes up against pure evil Makoto Shishio who is attempting to overthrow the Meiji government. The fate of the country hangs in the balance as Kenshin Himura takes up the sword that he vowed to never draw again.

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Makoto, an assassin who once was contracted by the government, has since become obsessed with tearing it down. Formerly, Kenshin was mainly concerned with protecting Kaoru, but the stakes are now higher as he struggles to protect the nation itself. Written by Carl Lepeltier

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The kabuki play near the start of the film tells the tale of "Bakkyusai the Killsword." This name is a pun on "Battousai the Killsword": the "kyu" in the former and the "tou" in the latter (meaning "sword" in the "Battousai" nickname) can phonetically also mean "nine" and "ten." The kanji for "nine" resembles the kanji for "ten," but with a little hook hanging off the right side. Bakkyusai's facial scar resembles Battousai's famous cross-shaped scar, but with a little hook hanging off the right side. Somebody worked really hard to make that joke. See more »

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Gives justice to the legend that is Kenshin Himura
4 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

I have some complaints with the first Rurouni Kenshin but this movie finally answered me. I have to attribute it to the fact that the movie already employed the most celebrated villain of Rurouni Kenshin, *drumroll* Makoto Shishio.

One aspect where the first movie failed, in my opinion, is its failed attempt at comedy. The manga/series was injected with comical scenes and lines and as much as the first one tried, it failed. However, with Kyoto Inferno, they have pulled it through. This burden mainly fell on Munetaka Aoki (Sanosuke Sagara) and fortunately, he was successful to elicit some laughs.

If there's anything which cemented this film's success as an adaptation, it would have to be on the character actors. The movie gave life to the characters which we only once saw in animated form. Even Makoto Shishio's ruthlessness, albeit covered in plaster, was very visible. Takeru Sato deserves his role. He gives out not only the Kenshin physique, he knows how to give the Kenshin aura...the playful yet skillfull Battousai. The most dangerous member of Juppon Katana (Shishio's hired assassins), Soujiro Seta, was brought to life courtesy of Ryunosuke Kamiki (probably with the most well-recognized filmography in this group). Everyone gave justice to the roles the were playing.

The movie was perfect in all its aspects. Don't take that too literally of course, but for someone who's a fan of the series, I can safely say that they did justice. They made some deviations from the source material, but they're harmless nonetheless. There's room for error but one cannot discount how the movie successfully made a good product. The soundtrack was very, very registrable and consistent that it will give the eerie feeling.

The fight scenes were well-choreographed it looked like they were literally dancing. The movie incorporates all essentials of a Rurouni Kenshin fight...from the speed, to the agility, to the technique. It had momentous fight scenes its hard to choose which one is the best.

And the best is yet to come as Kenshin Himura will still battle it out against Aoshi Shinomori, the Juppon Katana (with emphasis on Soujiro Seta), and ultimately Makoto Shishio. Kyoto Inferno left a good ending to what will be a legendary beginning in The Legend Ends.


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