Just wanted to let everyone know that my review of the live-action Rurouni Kenshin movie is up at Drama-MAX.
Rurouni Kenshin is, in one word, nostalgic. On the surface, it is an adaptation of a manga and anime many grew up reading and watching. However, instead of just being a 3-D reenactment, it is a samurai film that evokes Akira Kurosawa’s works and Zatoichi. The opening scene especially brings the Kurosawa-esque combination of beautiful visuals with brutal violence.
Takeru Sato also demonstrates that balance in his portrayal of Kenshin Himura. He has a delicate appearance and a quiet presence, but with a single glance, he delivers such intensity that the viewers never forget the cold assassin known as Hitokiri Battousai lurking beneath the façade. His subtle actions make the moments in which he is overcome by emotion even more potent.
Listening to: “Ano Toumeikan to Shonen” by MONOBRIGHT