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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

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

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

Gross USA:

$32,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,831,030
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Dolby Digital

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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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References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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No More Heroes
Written by Slash, Myles Kennedy and Eric Valentine
Performed by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
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If You Loved the Manga/Anime...
7 February 2013 | by McCamyTaylorSee all my reviews

...you will love this live action version. The actor portraying Kenshin was perfect. So are Saito, Sano and Megumi--so perfect in fact, that I recognized each of them at first sight. And was filled with all sorts of warm/fuzzy feelings as if I was seeing long lost friends again for the first time in years.

I am not sure how people new to the Kenshin franchise will respond, because the film's creators leave out a lot of character development that we get in the slower paced manga and anime TV series in order to jump straight into the action. Since this is one of the best manga/anime series to come out in a long time, I suggest reading the manga, seeing the anime and THEN watching the live action film for maximum enjoyment.

"Oro!"


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