Rurouni Kenshin (Live Movie)

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Rurouni Kenshin
"I definitely will return."
Creator Watsuki Nobuhiro
Director Otomo Keishi
Producer Kubota Osamu
Writer Fujii Kiyomi
Otomo Keishi
Composer Sato Naoki
Cinematography Ishizaka Takurou
Editor Imai Tsuyoshi
  • Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Amuse
  • Shueisha
  • KDDI
  • C&I Entertainment
  • Yahoo! Japan
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s)
  • August 25, 2012 (2012-08-25)
  • December 26, 2012 (2012-12-26) (Retail)
Running time 134 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Gross revenue 3,010 million yen
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Followed by Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno
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Kenshin the wanderer(るろうに剣心)

A Japanese film adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin based on the popular manga of the same name, the manga's original creator is Watsuki Nobuhiro (和月伸宏). The director of the movie is Otomo Keishi (大友啓史).

The sequel movies are released:

Historical Terms

Bakumatsu 幕末 - The end of the Edo era that marked the end of the Tokugawa shogunate.

Meiji period 明治時代 - The era when Japan moved from an isolated feudal society to a more westernized one.

Isshin-shishi 維新志士 - Means "Restoration" and "men of high purpose". This is the group the Kenshin worked for during the Bakumatsu. For the most part, they worked to usher in the Restoration, putting in place the Meiji emperor and ushering in the Meiji era.

Shinsengumi 新選組 - The "newly selected force" were the special police of the late shogunate period. That put Hajime at odds with Kenshin and explains why he has a pseudonym as a police officer during the Meiji era.

Major Battles Mentioned

  • Battle of Aizu - This is where Megumi's family died.
  • Boshin War 戊辰戦争 - It was during this battle that the Meiji Emperor achieved victory over the shoguns, ushering in the new age. This is the battle that Kenshin and Hajime are in at the beginning of the movie.

Schools of Sword Styles

Kamiya Kasshin-ryuu 神谷活心流

The name comes from Kamiya (Kaoru's family name) and Kasshin, which means roughly "active heart".
The school where Kaou is the assistant instructor. Their philosophy is "A sword that gives life." Currently its only student is Yahiko, since most people abandoned it after Jine started murdering while saying he was using the Kamiya Kasshin-ryuu style.

Hiten Mitsurugi-ryuu 飛天御剣流

Name roughly translates to "The sacred sword in flight through the sky/heaven".
An ancient sword style that focuses on dispelling large groups of people quickly.
Battou jutsu 抜刀術 - This is a technique that turns the movement of unsheathing the sword into a deadly strike. Kenshin's specialty in this is what earned him the title Hitokiri Battousai.
Souryuusen双龍閃 (Twin Dragon Flash) - This attack involves drawing the sword to strike, then using the sheathe as a secondary weapon on the opponent, hence the twin dragons in the name. In the movie Kenshin says the full name Hiten Mitsurugi-ryuu Battoujutsu Souryuusen.

Nikaidouheihou 二階堂兵法

Jine's technique. Actually based on real techniques.
Haishatou 背車刀 (Back wheel sword) - Jine's technique of putting the sword behind his back, so his opponent can't tell from which direction he'll swing from.
Shin no ippou 心の一方 (One-sided heart) - Sending out chi from the eye to freeze one's opponent.



The Beginning



  • Kenshin's name during the Bakumatsu is Hitokiri Battousai.
    • Hitokiri 人斬り just means "killer", literally "man slasher".
    • Battousai 抜刀斎 means "master of the sword draw technique". That's because Kenshin's specialty is battoujutsu 抜刀術, which is a technique of slashing the sword using the motion of drawing the sword from its sheathe.
  • Kaoru notes in the movie that Kenshin's name means "heart of sword" since the kanji in his name are sword (ken 剣) and heart (shin 心). This is also a reference to an ending theme song sung by T.M.Revolution, also called "Heart of Sword."

Actor Trivia

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