|Life size tarpaulin of the movie|
Samurai X that I know
I was college student when Samurai X or Rurouni Kenshin (RK) was broadcast in the Philippines. At that time, I proved that I'm really into anime because I felt sad if I didn't get the chance to see this series even the episodes that were already replayed. I even wrote to my diary that I suffered depression, lol!
One of the many reasons why I'm addicted to this anime was because of the fantastic characterization of almost every persona in it. One character alone could create one episode because of the back story and his principle in life. And like action films, Rurouni Kenshin had amusing lines like the one I took as slogan of my life it is smarter to be luck than it is lucky to be smart.
Kenshin Himura a.k.a Hitokiri Battousai ( Killer Wanderer) was maybe just an anime, but he was my crush especially during those days.
Battousai that I watch in the big screen
The first element that I like in RK is the heart pounding musical score. We know that musical score can set the mood and what they play in the movie are really effective especially that RK is a epic movie. The next is the fast sword fighting that I couldn't blink my eyes to catch everything. Amazingly, in that part they stick to what Samurai X is all about.
Takeru Sato as Kenshin Himura is okay. His attack was not overacting or underacting. Something similar to the original Kenshin that I know. Sato is not appealing to me physically but I commend he's flexibility in fighting scenes and versatility in drama made me to think he's Kenshin really. He has comedic timing, fearful aura, and sympathetic face.
Yosuke Eguchi as Saito Hajime is stunning. You know that he's not the lead star but somehow you 'll treat him like that. The actor gracefully depicts the character in costume, in action and even in mannerism.
At first apart from his wacky look, I couldn't see Sanosuke Sagara in Munetaka Aoki . But from the part that he was helping Megumi Takani (played by Yu Aoi) and the rest in Kaoru Kamiya's (played by Emi Takei) doju, I started to get excited about him. And the impressive part was when he's fighting with one of the Kanryu Takeda (Teruyuki Kagawa) man Banjin Inui (Genki Sudo) who is vegetarian. In some ways, Aoki is overacting but anyway that's what Sanosuke is for me.
Takei and Aoi as Kaoru and Megumi are pretty and effective. You can see their femininity, power and unique traits. As Kaoru, at first you don't feel her attraction to Kenshin, it's more of concern ad curiosity in him. But when she feels jealous when Megumi is flirting with Kenshin and when she said to him that he's home,that's something beyond romantic.
Honestly, I forget about Udo Jine but Koji Kikkawa's portrayal that set aside who is playing because it is him who plants terror in the story and to us - the moviegoers. His eyes, his voice, and his killings are enough reason to give value in him .
Just like what I'm always mention here the blog, I'm not fan of adaptation especially if the original one is the best already. In RK, their version is superb compare to other anime adaptations that I already saw be in film or TV series. This Japanese film is not boring and typical, they conserve the ambiance of epic, culture, and drama. I hate those who make serious drama to comedy, to give a twist. I super like the idea that they didn't dub it in English, that's why you enjoy it the Japanese way.
And the actors may try to imitate the anime/ manga characters but they also have own input they're portrayal. So they are good models to future actors who will take role in adaptation film/ series.
What's in RK film is just few episodes in anime and so I'm looking forward to see sequels of it. I want to see how they going to adapt the parts of Shishio Makoto and Shogo Hamakusa.