Rurouni Kenshin (2012)
Condensing a storyline from manga or anime is not an easy task. It often creates tension and complains merely from the fan (since the most targeted audience are the fans), adaptation of popular media into another will take the essence not only for profit orientation, but also fan receptions. Thankfully, this live-action of Rurouni Kenshin is a great adaptation.
The storyline of the movie is slightly altered from original manga which is reasonable, still it is entertaining on its own. It pleases fans and common audiences who had no idea about the franchise better known as Samurai X in some localizations. The acting is superb. Takeru Satoh as Kenshin Himura, the main protagonist, gives new and realistic incarnation of what an ex-assassins would be portrayed. The only notable difference adaptation goes to Hajime Saito but still the actor played it well.
The setting is convincing us that it is the real beginning of Meiji era in 19th century of Japan. Whoever does the set, it pays attention to details, and the result is beautiful. From scary night of Bakumatsu era in Kyoto into Kamiya-Kashin dojo set, nothing to be complained. Also, the sets help the fighting scenes feel realistic, gory, at the same time, true rendition of samurai sword fights.
This movie is really fun to watch, and satisfying until the end. Very recommended to watch.
Score: 5 out of 5