Thread: Rurouni Kenshin The Final on Netflix

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So the first of the new Rurouni Kenshin movies, The Final, is now streaming on Netflix.

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If you must know, it's an adaptation of the RK manga's final storyline, the Jinchuu arc. In it, an old figure from Kenshin's past appears, Yukishiro Enishi, the brother of Tomoe, Kenshin's first wife whom he killed by accident. Now, Enishi has returned to wreak his vengeance on the rurouni and all those close to him.

Just finished watching it. And I must say, excellent. I think this is might be my favorite of all the RK films given that it's a much more personal storyline dealing with Kenshin's past and how it affects him in the present. Kudos should be given to the acting of Takeru Satoh as Kenshin, as well as Mackenyu Arata as Enishi. Also, we can't not mention the amazing fight scenes, which for me tops all the previous films. This is some of the best martial arts melees I've seen on film.

You all should check it out, as it's not only available on Netflix on Asia but in the US as well. Now I'm just waiting for news on when the next film, The Beginning, begins streaming.
 
Is this new? I recall there being a 3-part movie/mini-series also, but didn't watch due to no free streaming on my subscribed services.
 
Watched about 20 minutes of this yesterday and the production values are surprisingly good. It's been a while since I watched a live action Japanese film, so I was pleasantly surprised.

Don't know much about the original Manga (other than it's popularity), but I love the Meiji era setting, so I think I'll give it a look and the other movies in the series.
 
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So Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning streams today on Netflix:

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An adaptation of the Rurouni Kenshin manga's Remembrance arc, which details Kenshin Himura's exploits as the Hitokiri Battousai during the Bakamatsu and origins of his cross shaped scar. It was previouslly adapted into anime as the Trust and Betrayal OAV, which is fantastic.

Just watched it, and forget what I said about The Final being the best RK movie. This by far is the best with it's grim atmosphere, unrelenting violence and emotionally charged storyline. Takeru Sato for me gives his best performance by far here as a young Kenshin,. But the real scene stealer is Kasumi Arimura as Tomoe, with whom Sato shares great chemistry with and makes the tragic love story work as the film's central conflict. The fight scenes as always, are fantastic and for me this features some of the best sword battles in the series, especially in the latter half.

It's still up in the air whether this is better than the Trust and Betrayal OAV, which I thought was one the best anime productions I've ever seen. But this is still a great film and you all should watch it.