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Rurouni Kenshin Part III: The Legend Ends (2014)

Rurôni Kenshin: Densetsu no saigo-hen (original title)
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Shishio has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru with him. In order to stop him in time, Kenshin trains with his old master to learn his final technique.

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Keishi Ohtomo

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Nobuhiro Watsuki (manga), Sean Whitley | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Takeru Satoh ... Kenshin Himura (as Satô Takeru)
Tatsuya Fujiwara ... Makoto Shishio
Emi Takei ... Kaoru Kamiya
Munetaka Aoki Munetaka Aoki ... Sanosuke Sagara
Yû Aoi ... Megumi Takani
Kaito Ohyagi Kaito Ohyagi ... Yahiko Myojin
Yûsuke Iseya ... Aoshi Shinomori
Yôsuke Eguchi ... Hajime Saitô
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ... Sôjirô Seta
Maryjun Takahashi Maryjun Takahashi ... Yumi Komagata
Tao Tsuchiya ... Misao Makimachi
Min Tanaka ... Okina / Nenji Kashiwazaki
Masaharu Fukuyama ... Seijuro Hiko
Ayumi Beppu Ayumi Beppu ... Omime
Nayuta Fukuzaki Nayuta Fukuzaki ... Shinta
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Storyline

Kenshin wakes up to find himself at his master(Hiko Seijuro)'s house after getting washed by the waves to land while he was unconscious at sea for 3 days. Kenshin asks Seijuro to teach him the ultimate and pinnacle technique of the Hiten Mitsurugi school, the Amakakeru Ryu no Hirameki. Seijuro accepts Kenshin's request after they spar with each other. Meanwhile in Tokyo, Prime Minister Hirobumi Ito attends a meeting with Makoto Shishio who forces him to declare Kenshin a wanted outlaw and have him publicly executed or else Shishio will destroy both Tokyo and the government. Written by Sonoda Haro, Kagoshima, Japan

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Seijuro Hiko: Cherry blossoms in Spring. Stars cover the sky in Summer. Full moon shines in Autumn and in Winter, the snow covers the ground... All these things make sake taste good. If it tastes bad, it's because there is something wrong with you
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Follows Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins (2012) See more »

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Heartache
Written by Taka
Performed by One Ok Rock
Courtesy of A-Sketch
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Could be one of the best action movies, sticked to just very good!
3 February 2021 | by HanShotFirstGRSee all my reviews

Plot:

Shishio has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru with him. In order to stop him in time, Kenshin trains with his old master to learn his final technique.

Analysis:

After a cliffhanger ending, the second part of this two-part story came out to take this franchise on another journey. From the very first moments you can feel that this will be a very different film, it starts slowly by giving out more philosophical discussions than action and it makes the viewer care more and think more. This is a film that sets up something meaningful and impressive during the first half but quickly jumps back to the same old action-centric format. In the end, it kinda feels like a wasted opportunity to be legendary but still manages to be quite entertaining and really good.

The best part about this movie is of course Kenshin's mental journey to realize the true power that comes from himself, his acceptence, his caring and his realizations, it's not just another training sub-plot, it feels like it exceeds the limits of mainstream cinema and uses meaningful ideas that can be applied by anyone in their lives. During the first hour the viewers probably witness some of the best stuff an action movie could offer, it's the perfect and the simpler way to make people think about life without slowing down the pace, magnificent ideas that were nicely executed.

The second half was going somewhere and did a fine job concluding the story but it missed the opportunity to be fascinating. Emotionally, every single thing was in place for an amazing finale, there was a massive opportunity to make this film the best and most intense action movie ever but that's where the team couldn't meet the expectations. The last fight, although it had really beautiful cheoreographies felt way too forced, the whole story prepared the audience for an epic final act that didn't actually pay off that much. Instead, the result was a nicely designed battle that worked more on including great moments than actually giving something more than a classic superhero battle. It feels like a 1-1.5 hour masterpiece that ends like a typical Marvel movie and that isn't so bad, it's just a missed opportunity.

Keishi Ohtomo has created something most people would think it's impossible, he made an anime adaptation that not only respects the original source, but also uses mainsteam cinema rules and formats to create a highly entertaining blockbuster that can be as fascinating as multimillion dollar films of Marvel Cinematic Universe or maybe sometimes even more. It's not just a major success, it's proof that when you have vision, patience and you are willing to try hard, everything is possible, this trilogy shines like the John Wick of Asia and should be refferenced more during discussions about action films.

Conclusion:

A very good third film for Rurouni Kenshin franchise that misses the chance to be a masterpiece but remains very interesting and quite amusing. There are things that could be fixed but the result is something more that just a good film, so this one should be appreciated as a great option to have a fun time.

Rating: 8/10


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 September 2014 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,900,000
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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