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Samurai X: 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
...  Tomoe Yukishiro 4 episodes, 1999
...  Enishi Yukishiro 4 episodes, 1999
Masami Suzuki ...  Shinta 4 episodes, 1999
Shûichi Ikeda ...  Seijûrô Hiko 4 episodes, 1999
...  Kogorô Katsura 4 episodes, 1999
...  Shinsaku Takasugi 4 episodes, 1999
...  Îzuka 4 episodes, 1999
...  Hajime Saitô 4 episodes, 1999
Akari Hibino ...  Sôshi Okita 4 episodes, 1999
Minoru Uchida ...  Tatsumi 4 episodes, 1999
Tetsuya Iwanaga ...  Akira Kiyosato 4 episodes, 1999
Satoshi Tsuruoka ...  Jubei Shigekûra 4 episodes, 1999
Mitsuaki Hoshino ...  Katagai 4 episodes, 1999
Hiromi Setsu ...  Ikumatsu 4 episodes, 1999
Rikiya Koyama ...  Toshizô Hijikata 4 episodes, 1999
Hiroshi Takahashi ...  Isami Kondô 4 episodes, 1999
Hiroshi Shimozaki ...  Sudo 4 episodes, 1999
Norihisa Mori ...  Ishiji 4 episodes, 1999
Azusa Nakao ...  Kasumi 4 episodes, 1999
Noriko Namiki ...  Akane 4 episodes, 1999
Kaori Yuasa ...  Sakura 4 episodes, 1999
Shizuka Okohira ...  Landlady 4 episodes, 1999
Takahiro Hirano ...  Soldier 4 episodes, 1999
Teppei Takasugi ...  Soldier 4 episodes, 1999
Tomokazu Yokoyama ...  Soldier 4 episodes, 1999
Makoto Ueki ...  Patriot 4 episodes, 1999
Kôichi Tateishi ...  Brigand 4 episodes, 1999
Hidenori Konda ...  Brigand 4 episodes, 1999
Nobuyuki Saitô ...  Brigand 4 episodes, 1999
Mariko Nagahama ...  Shirakawa Woman 4 episodes, 1999
Sachiko Ikeda ...  Nobii 4 episodes, 1999
Miki Nôsô ...  Woman 4 episodes, 1999
Naomi Matamura ...  Woman 4 episodes, 1999
Reiji Kamiya ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Naoko Seto ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Mitsuyo Tanaka ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Mika Ishibashi ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Sachie Maruyama ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
...  Akira Kiyosato 4 episodes, 1999
Jose Brown ...  Kondo 4 episodes, 1999
...  Shigekura 4 episodes, 1999
...  Katsu / ... 4 episodes, 1999
Ken Cook ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
...  Tomoe Yukishiro 4 episodes, 1999
Martinique Duchene ...  Flower Vendor / ... 4 episodes, 1999
Mallard Fillmore ...  Soudou 4 episodes, 1999
Lainie Frasier ...  Landlady 4 episodes, 1999
Corey Gagne ...  Katsura 4 episodes, 1999
Brian Gaston ...  Enishi 4 episodes, 1999
...  Additional Characters 4 episodes, 1999
Christa Kimlicko-Jones ...  Kasumi 4 episodes, 1999
...  Etoro 4 episodes, 1999
Tish Morone ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Noah Passavoy ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Jason Phelps ...  Takasugi 4 episodes, 1999
John Paul Shepard ...  Tatsumi 4 episodes, 1999
Boon Sheridan ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Jason P. Stingley ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Douglas Taylor ...  Katagai 4 episodes, 1999
Lara Toner ...  Ikumatsu 4 episodes, 1999
Kari Waggoner ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
...  Kenshin Himura / ... 4 episodes, 1999
Ken Webster ...  Saitou 4 episodes, 1999
...  Urara 4 episodes, 1999
...  Hiko 4 episodes, 1999
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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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Ruthless, Deadly, Still A Child. (Trust DVD Box) See more »


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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 »

Quotes

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.
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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 »

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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Quiet Life
by Taku Iwasaki
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A wonderful miniseries that deserves more exposure
24 November 2002 | by See 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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