Rather than a review, I would regard this post more of a personal thoughts of Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie 2012, penned just 30 minutes after watching the movie and listening to 'Heart of Sword' by T.M. Revolution (OST from the anime), on my journey home. What a long wait to finally watch the live action movie after more than a decade. To be precise, the anime is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Still remember watching the anime on VCD in Cantonese dialogue and Willie was the friend who lent me the VCD box-set. We were hot-blooded young adults then and ungraded to daddy class or uncle category now.
Watching this live action movie had brought back familiar feeling and that rusty sensation I once had for the anime. Strongly urged by Mr 'K' and Guy 'A' to watch the movie and thanx to them, I had truly enjoyed the movie. Guy 'A' had told me about his romantic true-life-story related to the anime that his girlfriend, who don't fancy anime, actually sat beside him to watch the entire 95 episodes.
On the hand, Mr 'K' was so crazy about the anime previously that he bought the code 1 DVD anime box-set that didn't come easy years back and of course the reverse bladed replica sword of Kenshin. Mr 'K' had so very much wanted to watch the live action movie that he had recently texted me to find out more details on the movie roadshow at AFA 2012 and released date.
The debut of Rurouni Kenshin Live Action 2012 in Singapore is certainly niche and off the mainstream, only showing @ 2 cinemas, Filmgarde Bugis and Kallang. An awesome adaption to the based on the highly successful and acclaimed manga and anime, widely known as 'Samurai X' in America.
Definitely a different and better movie experience hearing the grasping of fans in the cinema during the scene, Takaru Satoh (who also acted in Mask Rider Den-O) donned the red and white samurai robe and applauds when the movie ended. In addition, Takaru Satoh fitted the role well and his co-star Emi Takei as Kaoru Kamiya, really are super kawaii in the movie. Mr 'K', you have requested for this post and here it is.