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Rurôni Kenshin: Densetsu no saigo-hen
IMDB Rating : 7.7
IMDB Votes : 2,411
User Reviews : 10
Date Released : 13 September 2014
Run Time : 134 min
Movie Genre : Action, Adventure, Drama
Movie Director : Keishi Ohtomo
Movie Writer : Nobuhiro Watsuki, Kiyomi Fujii
Movie Stars : Tatsuya Fujiwara, Takeru Satô, Emi Takei, Min Tanaka
Rurôni Kenshin: Densetsu no saigo-hen Shishio has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru with him. In order to stop him in time, Kenshin trains with his old master to learn his final technique.
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The problem with big villains…
…. is that you need an even bigger movie to kill them.
A story so big it steals from the characterization and the development of the themes that made the Kenshin tale so interesting in the first place.
I have already questioned why anyone in their right mind would want to spend the better part of 6 hours building up to the "final fight" behind Kenshin and the super-baddie (who is so overdrawn he could just as easily have appeared in a Bond film) ….?
And I see in the IMDb, at least so far, one or two fans have been brave enough to make the very same points I am making.
To be honest, I enjoyed the children's TV series more than this opus. Whether that makes me a poor critic or a child at heart is another matter entirely.
I repeat my view that the point of film is to entertain. If a film fails to entertain, it fails, period.
In this film, the only one who seems to be having fun is Masaharu Fukuyama, playing Kenshin's original Master, conveniently appearing to assist a very tricky plot arc.
The first time he finds Kenshin on the beach, almost dead, he remarks how astonished he was to see his "stupid student" again after almost 15 years.
But he says it with a smile, and we know he is happy to see Kenshin.
At that single juncture, I thought, for one brief shining moment, that this saga was finally going to be fun.
And it was. For the 15 minutes or so that Masaharu Fukuyama appears on camera, we get a peek at what this film might have been.
But just a peek.