Last month, we were just enjoying the red carpet premiere of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno at SM Megamall where the cast and director came and greeted a mammoth crowd. Kyoto Inferno ended with a bang, and they are not letting us to wait a year just to see the conclusion of the Rurouni Kenshin series. Thanks to Warner Brothers PH for inviting us last night to the special screening of Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends as we are the first ones to see the film one week ahead of its Philippine release.
We last saw Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satoh) on a beach carried by a mysterious man, after he tried to save Ms. Kaoru (Emi Takei). It turns out that this is his master, Hiko Seijuro (Masaharu Fukuyama) where Kenshin asked him to train him again and teach the ultimate technique, so he can finally defeat Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara.) With Shishio threatening to take over the new government, it's up to Kenshin to step up and finally end his plans.
With Kyoto Inferno still fresh within our minds, The Legend Ends didn't fail to continue what it already started. The action pieces were heart pounding and choreographed really well. There are epic confrontations and duels to look forward to, plus the final battle were simply breathtaking. However, it takes too long for the action scenes to roll as it burned 40 minutes first, before we head on to the exciting bits.
The actors were sharp throughout the entire film. Takeru Satoh fully embraces Kenshin Himura's personality in him. However, it was Munetaka Aoki, who stole the show again. He brings his A-game in the picture with the will of never backing down in any opponent. He also provides the humor and the never-say-die attitude of Sanosuke's character. Tatsuya Fujiwara caps it off with an effective set of skills as Shishio even with burnt make up and heavy costume, he managed to move smoothly during the battle scenes. Other casts also did their part notably Masaharu Fukuyama (Hiko Seijuro), Tao Tsuchiya (Misao), Yusuke Iseya (Aoshi) and our other favorite Ryunosuke Kamiki (Sojiro Seta.)
Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9.5 out of 10 stars
Cast: Takeru Satoh, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Emi Takei, Munetaka Aoki
Directed by: Keishi Ohtomo
Distributed by: Warner Brothers Pictures PH
Opens September 24 in cinemas nationwide