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Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins (2012)

Rurôni Kenshin: Meiji kenkaku roman tan (original title)
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A former assassin who has resolved to never kill again has his vow sorely tested.

Director:

Keishi Ohtomo

Writers:

Nobuhiro Watsuki (manga), Kiyomi Fujii (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
J. Michael Tatum ... Kanryu Takeda (voice)
Colleen Clinkenbeard ... Child (voice)
Patrick Seitz ... Officer (voice)
Alexis Tipton ... Kaoru Kamiya (voice)
Ian Sinclair ... Undercover Cop (voice)
Josh Grelle ... Gein / Townsperson (voice)
Takeru Satoh ... Kenshin Himura (as Takeru Satô)
Chuck Huber ... Kanryu's Aide (voice)
Eric Vale ... Sanosuke Sagara (voice)
Sonny Strait ... Kanryu's Aide (voice)
Micah Solusod ... Kenshin Himura (voice)
Masataka Kubota ... Akira Kiyosato
Yû Aoi ... Megumi Takani
John Swasey ... Jin'e Udo (voice)
Chris Guerrero Chris Guerrero ... Army Representative (voice)
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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

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 August 2012 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins See more »

Filming Locations:

Saga, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,093,453 (Japan), 25 August 2012, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the manga Rurouni kenshin See more »

Quotes

[Kaoru thinks Kenshin has left, then he appears with groceries]
Kaoru Kamiya: Welcome home, Kenshin.
Kenshin Himura: ...I'm home. That I am.
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Connections

References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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The Beginning
Written by Takahiro Morita (as Taka)
Performed by One Ok Rock
Courtesy of A-Sketch
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A pleasant surprise
16 January 2013 | by zentist-563-976986See all my reviews

I have never even seen a manga so approached this movie with no preconceptions or prior knowledge of the characters. A bit like seeing a Batman movie without ever having read a comic, I imagine. The result was a very pleasant surprise. The principle characters were largely convincing, the photography was very attractive and the story line reasonable given the limits of the genre. The fact that it kept me interested for the entire 2+ hours speaks for itself. I found the sub-titles very effective in keeping me involved which is normally not the case. I am not sure if they are integral to the movie or a third party add-on, but were much better than a dubbed English version which would have taken away much of the authenticity of the movie. I am looking forward to the next episode.


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