Man was I glad to be able to catch this movie in the cinema today. I didn’t even know GSC was screening them in a select few cinemas. Blame the lack of marketing for this movie over here. I missed the first part of this trilogy two years ago for the very same reason.
I chanced upon this movie showing by accident. I was planning to check if there is any movie that I might want to watch in Queensbay Mall, but I accidentally selected Gurney Plaza instead. If I did not make the mistake, I would never have known. They are only showing this movie in Gurney Plaza as far as Penang is concerned.
I don’t normally blog about movies that I watched, but I’m afraid there might be other Kenshin aficionados in Malaysia that might not be aware of this movie screening in the cinemas, so here I am blogging about it. Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno るろうに剣心 京都大火編 is showing on GSC cinemas nationwide! And they will be premiering the grand finale, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends るろうに剣心 伝説の最期編 next week!
You may not know, but I am a huge fan of the Rurouni Kenshin anime series, more popularly known as Samurai X in certain countries. Just like how Harry Potter fans will insist on watching Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson on the big screen no matter how crappy the movies are, I am not gonna let anything get in my way to watch Kenshin in cinema! Emma Watson is lovely by the way. I like how she has been active in women empowerment activities recently.
Thankfully, this second movie is good. I was only able to catch the raw version of the first movie, so I did not understand the whole plot entirely, but I understand enough to know that they twisted the plot away from the anime series too much. No such problem with this second installation. The condensed plot managed to maintain the spirit of the anime series. How Ohkubo was murdered, how Kenshin got his sakabato (reversed blade katana) broken, how Shishio broke his spirits in their first encounter, how… oops, sorry, too much spoilers huh 😛
Sato Takeru 佐藤 健, Takei Emi 武井 咲 and Aoki Munetaka青木 崇高 portrayed Kenshin, Kaoru and Sannosuke well enough to my liking. I’m not going to dwell into the acting quality, characters interaction, bla bla bla. To me, those are bullshit. We go to watch a movie to be entertained and have a good time. As long as we walked out of the cinema a happier person, then the movie is a good movie. Screw those technical crap.
I can’t wait to see how the grand finale pans out in the movie. To me personally, my favorite arc of the series is the Shishio Makoto and Juppongatana (Ten Swords) arc. I hope they do a lot of katana fight scenes in this last movie.
This means I will have to go to Gurney Plaza again next weekend. I won’t hesitate to do it though..
(Images source: AsianWiki)