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Rurouni Kenshin (2012) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Satoh Takeru (Actor) | Eguchi Yosuke (Actor) | Kikkawa Koji (Actor) | Kagawa Teruyuki (Actor)
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In its 18–year history, the Rurouni Kenshin story has been told in a popular manga series, multiple anime series, several OVAs and even audio books. Now, the story of a pacifist vagabond has become a live-action film! Screenwriter Fujii Kiyomi (L Change the World) and director Otomo Keishi (Taiga drama Ryomaden) offer an action-packed take on the origin story of Kenshin, with up-and-coming young star Sato Takeru taking the title role. The blockbuster samurai film also stars Takei Emi (For Love's Sake) as kendo instructor Kaoru, Aoi Yu (Patisserie Coin de rue) as opium producer Megumi and Kagawa Teruyuki (Kaiji 2) as villainous industrialist Kanryu. The film's thrilling action sequences are choreographed by Tanigaki Kenji, who has worked as stunt coordinator with action superstar Donnie Yen on SPL, Flashpoint and Wu Xia.

Battosai (Sato Takeru) was a proud samurai who decided to give up his way of life after fighting in the bloody battle of Toba-Fushima. Ten years later, samurais are now mercenaries working for merchants like Kanryu (Kagawa Teruyuki), who oppress the people for their own gain. When kendo instructor Kaoru tries to stand up to Kanryu, she is saved by Battosai, now a wanderer named Kenshin. After losing his samurai status, Kenshin has renounced killing and is committed to peace. However, in a world filled with opportunists and oppressors like Kanryu, Kenshin will have to learn how to fight back without breaking his vow.

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Product Title: Rurouni Kenshin (2012) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 浪客劍心 (2012) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 浪客剑心 (2012) (Blu-ray) (香港版) るろうに剣心 Rurouni Kenshin (2012) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Satoh Takeru (Actor) | Eguchi Yosuke (Actor) | Kikkawa Koji (Actor) | Kagawa Teruyuki (Actor) | Takei Emi (Actor) | Aoi Yu (Actor) | Sudo Genki (Actor) | Okuda Eiji (Actor) | Aoki Munetaka (Actor) | Yusuke Saitou (Actor) | Ayano Go (Actor) | Hirata Kaoru (Actor) 佐藤健 (Actor) | 江口洋介 (Actor) | 吉川晃司 (Actor) | 香川照之 (Actor) | 武井咲 (Actor) | 蒼井優 (Actor) | Sudo Genki (Actor) | 奧田瑛二 (Actor) | 青木崇高 (Actor) | 齋藤洋介 (Actor) | 綾野剛 (Actor) | 平田薰 (Actor) 佐藤健 (Actor) | 江口洋介 (Actor) | 吉川晃司 (Actor) | 香川照之 (Actor) | 武井咲 (Actor) | 苍井优 (Actor) | 须藤元气 (Actor) | 奥田瑛二 (Actor) | 青木崇高 (Actor) | 斋藤洋介 (Actor) | 绫野刚 (Actor) | 平田薰 (Actor) 佐藤健 (Actor) | 江口洋介 (Actor) | 吉川晃司 (Actor) | 香川照之 (Actor) | 武井咲 (Actor) | 蒼井優 (Actor) | 須藤元気 (Actor) | 奥田瑛二 (Actor) | あおき むねたか (Actor) | 斎藤洋介 (Actor) | 綾野剛 (Actor) | 平田薫 (Actor) Satoh Takeru (Actor) | Eguchi Yosuke (Actor) | Kikkawa Koji (Actor) | Kagawa Teruyuki (Actor) | Takei Emi (Actor) | Aoi Yu (Actor) | Sudo Genki (Actor) | Okuda Eiji (Actor) | Aoki Munetaka (Actor) | Yusuke Saitou (Actor) | Ayano Go (Actor) | Hirata Kaoru (Actor)
Director: Otomo Keishi 大友啓史 Otomo Keishi 大友啓史 Otomo Keishi
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2013-04-03
Language: Cantonese, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD
Disc Format(s): 50 GB - Double Layer, Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 135 (mins)
Publisher: Deltamac (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032547373

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Director: Keishi Ohtomo

In 1868, after the end of the Bakumatsu war,former legendary assassin Kenshin Himura (Takeru Sato) has now become a wandering samurai. Offerring aid and protecting those in need as atonement for his past deeds. During this time Kenshin Himura comes across and aides Kaoru Kamiya (Emi Takei). Her father opened the Kamiya Kasshin-ryu, a kendo school located in Tokyo and Kaoru is now an instructor there. Kaoru then invites Kenshin to stay at her dojo. Their relationship develops further, but Kenshin is still haunted by his violent past.
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Professional Review of "Rurouni Kenshin (2012) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 20, 2013

Watsuki Nobuhiro's Rurouni Kenshin has long been one of the most loved manga in Japan, telling the story of the wandering pacifist samurai of the title and his many adventures. Known as Samurai X in the West, the manga has already been adapted across multiple formats, including a hugely popular anime series, several OVAs and audio books. Finally, it arrives on the big screen courtesy of writer Fujii Kiyomi (L Change the World) and director Otomo Keishi (Taiga drama Ryomaden) as a big budget live action film, with young television actor Sato Takeru (Rookies) as Kenshin. Also bringing the well-known roles from the comic to life are Takei Emi (For Love's Sake), Aoi Yu (Patisserie Coin de rue) and Kagawa Teruyuki (Kaiji 2), with action choreography by Tanigaki Kenji, who previously worked with the one and only Donnie Yen on the likes of SPL, Flashpoint and Wu Xia.

As the start of a planned series, the film is unsurprisingly an origin story of sorts, starting off in 1868 with samurai warrior Battosai (Sato Takeru) giving up his life of violence after the battle of Toba-Fushima. Some ten years on, the country has changed, with samurais now destitute or without masters, forced to take employment as bodyguards or mercenaries. Battosai, now going under the name Kenshin, travels throughout the land, having sworn a vow of peace never to kill again. He arrives in Tokyo, and runs into kendo instructor Kaoru (Takei Emi), who is struggling to stand up to local merchant and drug baron Kanryu (Kagawa Teruyuki), who lords it over the people and is scheming to flood the country with a new brand of opium. After drug chemist Megumi (Aoi Yu) escapes from Kanryu and hides out at Kaoru's school, Kenshin is thrust into the conflict, and it quickly becomes obvious that he's going to have a hard time keeping his vow.

Without being familiar with either the source manga or anime, it's a little hard to say how close an adaptation the live action Rurouni Kenshin is, though it certainly comes across as having been made as a faithful effort to capture its spirit and scope. The wandering pacifist premise is a good one, Battosai/Kenshin makes for an interesting protagonist, and the film has a fun gang of supporting characters, from the likeable and earnest Kaoru through to the over the top villain Kanryu, who makes for a decent adversary, even if his scheme is a touch on the far-fetched side. Sato Takeru looks the part in the lead role, adding just the right touch of pathos and never playing Kenshin either too moody or pretty-boy, with Takei Emi appealing as his possible love interest and Kagawa Teruyuki amusingly camp as the evil merchant. Though obviously the plot revolves mainly around whether or not Kenshin will start killing again, there's enough character development and distractions thrown in to hold the interest, with an assassin killing people and using the Battosai name, a conspiracy subplot, plus the general theme of the changing of the times, the way of the Samurai giving way to guns and machinery.

Though the pace does slow down a little in the middle and the film is perhaps 15 or 20 minutes too long, Fujii Kiyomi and Otomo Keishi do a solid job of keeping the viewer engaged, and it's rarely dull or too meandering. Partly this is due to some excellent action scenes, particularly during the final act, which packs in some spectacular mass battles and one on one duels, Kenshin being backed by rowdy streetfighter Sanosuke (Aoki Munetaka, Hara-Kiri) as he lays into Kanryu's hordes. Tanigaki Kenji's fight choreography is superb, and the film has a much more dynamic and often hard edge than other manga adaptations, with some surprisingly bloody and violent scenes. The sword fights are fast and furious, and the ways in which Kenshin uses his reverse edge non-lethal sword are fun and creative, and this helps to also give the film a bit of a different feel.

Whether viewed as a live action manga or a samurai actioner in general, Rurouni Kenshin is a lot of fun and several notches above most of its peers. With lots of sword action and a solid cast, it certainly feels like the start of an on-going series, and it's to be hoped that it will be successful enough to inspire the sequels it deserves.

by James Mudge – BeyondHollywood.com

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