Himura Kenshin, also known as the Ishinshishi assassin 'Hitokiri Battousai', is now a wandering swordsman carrying a reverse blade sword. Japan has opened to foreign trade and is transforming with new western ideas. He meets Kamiya Kaoru, a headstrong girl continuing her father's 'Sword that Saves' dojo, and finds that there are still people who need his protection.
As a samurai action movie I liked it; it was pretty good: plenty of fight scenes, a vague story-line you won't hate and follow easily, and likable characters.
As a Kenshin movie; I did not hate it but neither I found it good. Some characters from kenshin made cameos, grabbed their 15 mins of fame but it was more like cosplay for me. Only way I was able to have fun was by kinda not making comparisons with the original and just treat this as a clip of people cosplaying their favorite kenshin characters. I was pleasantly surprised by the cast (I thought I was going to hate this when I saw the cast), they were pretty good.. Just not good enough for a kenshin fan like me.
Watched it! Finally! And... What can I say... Well, for starters when the movie was first announced along with the cast I was more than sure that I'm not going to like it, probably even hate it. Kenshin is one of my most, most favorite characters ever, and to be honest, as much as I like Sato Takeru, I just couldn't image him as Kenshin in any way possible. The same thought was, still is actually, even stronger when it comes to the rest of the cast, which, in my eyes, is just... the worst ever imaginable (Who did this ridiculous casting anyway?), and I had about a million doubts on how the fights will be presented, or what parts of the story they will take and how they will ruin it, probably, and so on, and so on... I had about a million reasons to hate it but still... This is Kenshin, so despite everything said I had to watch it and to my absolute astonishment this movie is actually much, much better than I ever expected it to be...
The colors and the music are just amazing. Everything looks much more realistic than I thought it will be. The battle scenes were just breathtaking, without too much special effects, but still spectacular in kind of realistic way. The story is a nice mesh-up of the arcs at the begging of the manga (Thank God, they didn't try to cover the whole manga!). The characters were put up nicely and had some part in the story, not just being there, only for the fans to see them... Also the biggest surprise was that Sato is actually a pretty good Kenshin. Much more good than I would have ever given him credit for... After the first few scenes I found myself even liking him as Kenshin quite a lot... Still surprised at that!
Still... the movie gets only 'very good' from me, because I still don't like the rest of the cast, but as a whole this is one really good live-action, so Kenshin fan or not, I would definitely recommend it.