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Story

Although it boasts plenty of sword fights, martial arts combat, and odd, orange blood, Samurai X offers deeper and more sensitive characterizations than typical anime samurai epics. Based on the manga by Noboru Watsuki, the film centers on questions about the nature of Japanese society during the years following the Meiji Restoration in the late 19th century. Kenshin Himura and his friends Kaoru, Sanosuke, and Yahiko seem like an ordinary, slightly goofy quartet. But red-haired Kenshin is an expert swordsman; tall, lanky Sanosuke, a martial arts master; adolescent Yahiko, a samurai-in-training. Kaoru fills the role of outspoken anime heroine. An ugly encounter with some drunken British sailors introduces Kenshin and his friends to the noble Takimi Shigure and lovely Toki Takatsuki. Shigure leads a group opposed to the Meiji government, which they believe is corrupting Japanese culture, and his ill-conceived attempt at rebellion brings him into conflict with Kenshin. A key fighter in the Restoration, Kenshin received scars on his soul that mark him more decisively than the X on his cheek; he weeps for the needless bloodshed he helped to unleash. Director Hatsuki Tsuji builds subtle visual patterns of downward motions--falling tears, fluttering bamboo leaves, the deadly stroke of a sword, Kenshin's spectacular leaps--to create a film with an unusually satisfying resolution. Not rated; suitable for ages 14 and up for violence. --Charles Solomon

Cast

J. Shanon WeaverKenshin Himura
Judson JonesShigure
Kara BlissKaoru
Gray HaddockSanosuke
Shaneye FerrellToki
Derek WadeYahiko
Ken WebsterSaito
Clay ToweryKajiki
Bill WiseTomono
Bill HarwellYamagata

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  • Genre: Animated Movies
  • Theme(s): Anime, Fantasy
  • Director: Tsuji Hajiki
  • Producer: A.D. Vision
  • Length: 90 min
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2001
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 27, 2001
  • Also known as:
  • Rurôni Kenshin: Ishin shishi e no Requiem in Japan
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