I get emotional when I talk about stuff I really loved growing up. When the boyf, my sister and I watched Rorouni Kenshin Live Action, I was reduced to a starry eyed fan girl whose jaw was ajar throughout the entire film, like literally. And it was a longass movie too. It was that good.
I haven’t quite recovered from the excitement of it all. The movie adaptation stayed true to the original story line. There were two things that I loved. One, the casting and two, the action scenes. Satou Takeru, was a dead ringer for Kenshin Himura. It was so freaky. You wouldn’t think actors could look so much like their anime counterpart but damn, the Japs don’t mess around when it comes to shit they’re passionate about.But beyond the shocking resemblance, the guy delivered. Obviously, Kenshin is a physically and emotionally demanding role but Takeru breathe life to the Battousai with so much heart and finesse. It was an extremely convincing performance.
Eguchi Yosuke’s portrayal of Saitou Hajime was also notable. Sanosuke, one of my favorite Samurai X characters is still the rowdy jackass, accurately portrayed by Aoki Munetaka.
Second, the action scenes. It took my breath away. Flawless rendition of Kenshin’s moves. Every samurai drawn, every slash, it was a real treat. I heard they didn’t use CGI because they wanted the action scenes to be as realistic as possible and boy, seeing the Battousai in action like that, it was unreal.
My only regret is not being able to buy the DVD of the film. Hopefully I’ll find a way to get my own so I can watch it over and over again!