The long awaited movie (well, not that long, only one month apart but it still feels long) has finally come. I couldn’t watch it last week even though I was dying to see it so I made the best out of it this weekend. I watched the morning one which was perfect decision because the noon one had a long queue.
Before I start my review, I have to say this first:
Rurouni Kenshin is officially in my top 5 favorite trilogy … I need to rewrite my 2010’s list of top 5 trilogy and Kenshin is in the same level as The Lord of The Rings for me.
Rurouni Kenshin also made into my list of best adaptation ever.
The Legend Ends closed the trilogy in a perfect way…I dare say it’s the best movie in 2014. Love it Love it love it!! Can’t wait to see it again and buy the DVD.
“As a farewell gift, we’ll give you an exit worth of a legend”
I will try writing my review without spoiler but it’s hard since everyone who has seen the anime or read the manga surely know how it ends. However, the movie isn’t 100% same with the anime/manga because they have to squeeze such long anime into a 2 part 2.5 half hour movies. 2.5 hours sounds like a long movie but trust me, it doesn’t feel like 2.5 hours at all.
るろうに剣心 – 京都大火編 (Rurouni Kenshin : Kyoto Inferno) ends with Kenshin and Kaoru jumping off Shishio’s ship (a bit spoiler of the previous movie there). Faith brought Kenshin to his master, Seijuro Hiko who has taught him Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu (Kenshin’s sword style). In order to defeat Shishio, Kenshin asks Hiko to teach him the ultimate Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu. To achieve that, Hiko teach him more than the skill, he teach him how to care for his own life as much as others.
Knowing that Kenshin is still alive, Shishio asks the government to execute him in public or he will tear Tokyo down. The government obliges despite the fact that they had asked Kenshin to help them assassinate Shishio. In the end, we all know that Kenshin eventually fights Shishio.
I can only write that much for the story.
The Legend Ends seems to have more philosophical sentences than Kyoto Inferno. It reminds me of the first movie (Rurouni Kenshin) where the words are as beautiful as the fighting scenes. In the first half of The Legend Ends, you won’t see much awesome fighting scenes because that’s the time when Kenshin tries to find what he lacks and how to prevent the killer inside him to appear again. Afterward, full jaw-dropping action. My favorite of all is not the battle between Kenshin and Shishio, my favorite is the battle between Kenshin and Aoshi. That one was awesome!! Love it and I really want to see it again.
The Legend Ends truly closed this trilogy in a an epic way. It’s a rare thing to see the sequel overcoming the previous movie, Rurouni Kenshin is one of those rare things. Rurouni Kenshin (the first movie) was good, Rurouni Kenshin – Kyoto Inferno was great and finally Rurouni Kenshin – The Legend Ends is epic!
Some Samurai X (the title of the adapted Manga) fans claim that the movie ruins the Manga, I know it’s a personal judgement but even so I really don’t understand why they claimed that because for me everything is perfect; from the cast, the story with its slight changes and the fighting scenes….everything.
I love the ending, not the last scene that makes all girls go ‘aaawww‘ but the moment after the climax. The words from Ito’s mouth, the salute, the scoring…that moment sent chills through my bone…that’s why I said it’s an epic ending. Funny thing is; I said in my review of the first movie that I don’t like the scoring but since Kyoto Inferno and now The Legend Ends, I change my mind, it’s one of the most memorable scorings in a movie.
As for the acting, seeing this only makes me adore Takeru-kun more because you can see all the emotion coming from him. And I can finally appreciate Fujiwara Tatsuya (the one playing Shishio), he was once in my list of actors I don’t get the appeal, but now I can seer him as a good actor. Yūsuke Iseya is also great as Aoshi. Basically, everyone is acting as best as they can to portray their iconic characters.
Director: Keishi Ōtomo
Writer: Kiyomi Fujii, Keishi Otomo
Based on: Samurai X by Watsuki Nobuhiro
Starring: Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei, Munetaka Aoki, Kaito Ōyagi, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Yu Aoi, Maryjun Takahashi, Ryosuke Miura, Yūsuke Iseya, Tao Tsuchiya, Yōsuke Eguchi, Min Tanaka, Masaharu Fukuyama
Released: October 2014
This footage showing Takeru-kun practice the art of the sword.
Glimpse to the making
The main characters