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Rurôni Kenshin: Ishin shishi e no Requiem (1997)

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 »

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Tsuji Hajiki

Writers:

Nobuhiro Watsuki (story), Yukiyoshi Ôhashi (dramatization)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mayo Suzukaze ... Kenshin Himura (voice)
J. Shanon Weaver ... Kenshin Himura (voice)
Miki Fujitani ... Kaoru Kamiya (voice)
Judson Jones ... Shigure (voice) (as Judson L. Jones)
Kara Bliss ... Kaoru (voice)
Yûji Ueda ... Sanosuke Sagara (voice)
Gray G. Haddock ... Sanosuke (voice) (as Gary G. Haddock)
Mîna Tominaga ... Yahiko Myôjin (voice)
Shaneye Ferrell Shaneye Ferrell ... Toki (voice)
Derek Wade Derek Wade ... Yahiko (voice)
Ken Webster ... Saitou (voice)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ... Hajime Saitô (voice)
Clay Towery Clay Towery ... Kajiki (voice)
Bill Wise ... Tomono (voice)
Bill Harwell Bill Harwell ... Yamagata (voice)
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Storyline

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 freedom and prosperity. Now he and a band of desperate rebels have sworn to settle one final score. Only one man stands in their way: Kenshin Himura. But when Shigure discovers Kenshin's true identity as the Hitokiri Battosai, his fight becomes a personal vendetta.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Samurai X: The Motion Picture See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Japanese VHS by SPE Visual Works retail price was 14,800 Yen. See more »

Goofs

The scenes that show Kenshin as the Hitokiri Batosai in the beginning of the film and throughout the flashbacks is incorrect. Kenshin is shown with the full X shaped scar on his right cheek, even though Kenshin swore that he would stop killing after Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal. See more »

Quotes

Yahiko: [after seeing his dead friend] Musashino... Musashino! Musashino! Musashino! But... why?
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Yahiko: My friend! Don't leave me!
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The DVD from ADV Films replaced the original Japanese title card to read: 'Samurai X: The Motion Picture'. See more »

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Kill one guy, you gotta take on all his friends
23 August 2003 | by SoulfulFXSee all my reviews

This story is as amazing as the other OVA's and the Kenshin series. True, plenty of fans have had their differences over the two. But I disagree with any disrespect given to this movie.

This movie, compared to the first parts of the OVA (Trust and Betrayal for us pro-English/Japanese-handicapped folk) is closer in style and story to the Kenshin series. The animation is identical to the series though the voice acting cast is different since this movie predates the series by a few years.

From the flashbacks to Kenshin's assassin days to the fact that he's fighting the same battles a decade later, we see that Kenshin's determination to kill with his sword in his former days will never allow his more peaceful side a chance to really be at ease. As in the series... Kenshin's victims, or rather their friends and family, dog Kenshin's every step with either ideas of revenge, making him feel guilty about his deeds, or forcing him to confront impetuous adversaries in order to make things right.

Kenshin uses his reverse-blade sword to try to save himself and his opponents from deadly mistakes. But he finds out how hard it is to atone for such unspeakable bloodshed.

This movie is a little easier on Kenshin's personal life than Trust/Betrayal, but attentive viewers will share in Kenshin's deep frustration when so many subverse elements ruin his chances to make amends.


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