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Rurouni Kenshin: Trust and Betrayal 

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Tsuioku Hen (original title)
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In the era of Japan's Meiji Restoration, an assassin regains his humanity.




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Series cast summary:
Mayo Suzukaze ...  Kenshin Himura 4 episodes, 1999
Junko Iwao ...  Tomoe Yukishiro 4 episodes, 1999
Nozomu Sasaki ...  Enishi Yukishiro 4 episodes, 1999
Masami Suzuki ...  Shinta 4 episodes, 1999
Shûichi Ikeda Shûichi Ikeda ...  Seijûrô Hiko 4 episodes, 1999
Tomokazu Seki ...  Kogorô Katsura 4 episodes, 1999
Wataru Takagi ...  Shinsaku Takasugi 4 episodes, 1999
Ryûsei Nakao ...  Îzuka 4 episodes, 1999
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...  Hajime Saitô 4 episodes, 1999
Akari Hibino Akari Hibino ...  Sôshi Okita 4 episodes, 1999
Minoru Uchida Minoru Uchida ...  Tatsumi 4 episodes, 1999
Tetsuya Iwanaga Tetsuya Iwanaga ...  Akira Kiyosato 4 episodes, 1999
Satoshi Tsuruoka Satoshi Tsuruoka ...  Jubei Shigekûra 4 episodes, 1999
Mitsuaki Hoshino Mitsuaki Hoshino ...  Katagai 4 episodes, 1999
Hiromi Setsu Hiromi Setsu ...  Ikumatsu 4 episodes, 1999
Rikiya Koyama ...  Toshizô Hijikata 4 episodes, 1999
Hiroshi Takahashi Hiroshi Takahashi ...  Isami Kondô 4 episodes, 1999
Hiroshi Shimozaki Hiroshi Shimozaki ...  Sudo 4 episodes, 1999
Norihisa Mori Norihisa Mori ...  Ishiji 4 episodes, 1999
Azusa Nakao Azusa Nakao ...  Kasumi 4 episodes, 1999
Noriko Namiki Noriko Namiki ...  Akane 4 episodes, 1999
Kaori Yuasa Kaori Yuasa ...  Sakura 4 episodes, 1999
Shizuka Okohira Shizuka Okohira ...  Landlady 4 episodes, 1999
Takahiro Hirano Takahiro Hirano ...  Soldier 4 episodes, 1999
Teppei Takasugi Teppei Takasugi ...  Soldier 4 episodes, 1999
Tomokazu Yokoyama Tomokazu Yokoyama ...  Soldier 4 episodes, 1999
Makoto Ueki Makoto Ueki ...  Patriot 4 episodes, 1999
Kôichi Tateishi Kôichi Tateishi ...  Brigand 4 episodes, 1999
Hidenori Konda Hidenori Konda ...  Brigand 4 episodes, 1999
Nobuyuki Saitô Nobuyuki Saitô ...  Brigand 4 episodes, 1999
Mariko Nagahama Mariko Nagahama ...  Shirakawa Woman 4 episodes, 1999
Sachiko Ikeda Sachiko Ikeda ...  Nobii 4 episodes, 1999
Miki Nôsô Miki Nôsô ...  Woman 4 episodes, 1999
Naomi Matamura Naomi Matamura ...  Woman 4 episodes, 1999
Reiji Kamiya Reiji Kamiya ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Naoko Seto Naoko Seto ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Mitsuyo Tanaka Mitsuyo Tanaka ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Mika Ishibashi Mika Ishibashi ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Sachie Maruyama Sachie Maruyama ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Lowell Bartholomee ...  Akira Kiyosato 4 episodes, 1999
Jose Brown Jose Brown ...  Kondo 4 episodes, 1999
Charles C. Campbell ...  Shigekura 4 episodes, 1999
Katherine Catmull ...  Katsu / ... 4 episodes, 1999
Ken Cook Ken Cook ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Rebecca Davis ...  Tomoe Yukishiro 4 episodes, 1999
Martinique Duchene Martinique Duchene ...  Flower Vendor / ... 4 episodes, 1999
Mallard Fillmore Mallard Fillmore ...  Soudou 4 episodes, 1999
Lainie Frasier Lainie Frasier ...  Landlady 4 episodes, 1999
Corey Gagne Corey Gagne ...  Katsura 4 episodes, 1999
Brian Gaston ...  Enishi 4 episodes, 1999
Samantha Inoue Harte ...  Additional Characters 4 episodes, 1999
Christa Kimlicko-Jones ...  Kasumi 4 episodes, 1999
Ellie McBride ...  Etoro 4 episodes, 1999
Tish Morone Tish Morone ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Noah Passavoy Noah Passavoy ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Jason Phelps Jason Phelps ...  Takasugi 4 episodes, 1999
John Paul Shepard John Paul Shepard ...  Tatsumi 4 episodes, 1999
Boon Sheridan Boon Sheridan ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Jason P. Stingley Jason P. Stingley ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Douglas Taylor Douglas Taylor ...  Katagai 4 episodes, 1999
Lara Toner Lara Toner ...  Ikumatsu 4 episodes, 1999
Kari Waggoner Kari Waggoner ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
J. Shanon Weaver ...  Kenshin Himura / ... 4 episodes, 1999
Ken Webster ...  Saitou 4 episodes, 1999
Cyndi Williams ...  Urara 4 episodes, 1999
Joe York ...  Hiko 4 episodes, 1999


In Meiji era Japan, Kenshin Himura has been trained in the deadliest of sword arts. When the House he was hired by is defeated and forced into hiding, Kenshin must pretend to be the husband of Tomoe. The only catch is, Kenshin killed her fiance, and she is now secretly spying on him. While in hiding, Kenshin and Tomoe grow to love each other, and Kenshin comes to terms with who he is. This is the backstory to the Rurouni Kenshin manga and to a lesser extent, the television series based off of the manga. Written by Annonymous

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Release Date:

22 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


(4 episodes) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »


Seijûrô Hiko: The moon... peers down on a diseased world.
Seijûrô Hiko: There is no cure for the disease. An entire race vaults mindlessly into destruction. Not even a man of colossal power will be able to prevent the inevitable.
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Crazy Credits

The original DVDs from ADV Films replaced the original Japanese title card to read: 'Samurai X: Trust' and 'Samurai X: Betrayal'. This is restored for the Director's Cut DVD. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original DVDs from ADV Films feature the original 4 OVA episodes on two DVDs. These episodes were later combined into a Director's Cut DVD. See more »


References The Name of the Rose (1986) See more »


Quiet Life
by Taku Iwasaki
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A wonderful miniseries that deserves more exposure
24 November 2002 | by NestorForjanSee all my reviews

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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