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Japan Film Festival Review: “Rurouni Kenshin” A Ronin With A Heart of Gold 
The most striking element of director Keishi Ohtomo’s live-action adaptation of the samurai manga “Rurouni Kenshin” is just how optimistic it is without necessarily being bright, shiny, or silly. Its hero, a skilled swordsman who has blunted the edge of his blade and vowed never to kill again, Takeru Sato, has a moral code based on the preservation of life and the film works hard to show it might not always be the “right” way, but it’s what’s right for this particular character.
It also helps that this snappily-paced film from drama series director Ohtomo has plenty of well-staged action pieces to go along with this post-feudal period drama, putting a spotlight on its hero and the actor who perfectly captures him.
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Japan Film Festival Review: “Rurouni Kenshin” A Ronin With A Heart of Gold

The most striking element of director Keishi Ohtomo’s live-action adaptation of the samurai manga “Rurouni Kenshin” is just how optimistic it is without necessarily being bright, shiny, or silly. Its hero, a skilled swordsman who has blunted the edge of his blade and vowed never to kill again, Takeru Sato, has a moral code based on the preservation of life and the film works hard to show it might not always be the “right” way, but it’s what’s right for this particular character.

It also helps that this snappily-paced film from drama series director Ohtomo has plenty of well-staged action pieces to go along with this post-feudal period drama, putting a spotlight on its hero and the actor who perfectly captures him.

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