FILM REVIEW: “The Legend Ends” on Nimotsu

“Executing all those superb moves was one thing. But making tears fall out of your eyes and portraying all those emotions while concentrating on the fight choreography was something that requires mastery of the craft.”

These are my thoughts on the performance of Japanese actor Takeru Sato on the last installment of the Rurouni Kenshin live action trilogy.

Keishi Otomo-sensei Rurouni Kenshin The Legend Ends

With Director Otomo Keishi of the Rurouni Kenshin Live Action trilogy.

 

You can access the full review on my sister blog, Nimotsu Counter.

FILM REVIEW: Kyoto Inferno on Nimotsu

It had been a year since the Asian Red Carpet Premiere of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, when the live-action team visited Manila.

rurouni kenshin in manila

On the SM Megamall stage during the Asian Red Carpet Premier in Manila. August 6, 2014.

“Keishi Otomo-sensei, said in an interview with Rappler that the fireflies were removed from the live-action movie because first, Kenshin’s and Kaoru’s love for each other was not yet established because only little time had passed from the time-frame of the first movie. In the anime, there had been a lot of episodes to show that love. Secondly, he thinks that drama scenes may be a bit off from the action-packed situation of the Shishio arc.

For me, a film is all about portraying emotion, and letting the viewers feel that emotion. The Shishio arc might have been concerned more on saving the whole of Japan but still, the twists had their roots on certain emotional dilemmas of the characters. So I think emotions had the right to be felt. And this is what they call ‘letting the audience breathe.’”

More of my review in the original entry at my sister blog Nimotsu Counter.

Lupin III: Another Case of Trailer Grandness

(WARNING: This film review contains spoilers and loads of fangirl sentiments. Read at your own risk.)

Lupin III. Cosplayer.

Lupin cosplayer at the Best of Anime 2014 and Hero Face Off 2014 that happened last September 21 at SMX Convention Center.

Unlike Rurouni Kenshin, Lupin was one of the animes that was easier to adapt. There was no main story arc to follow. The live-action team needed only to be faithful to the characterization of Lupin, Jigen, Goemon and Fujiko; and to relive the gang’s passion, which was stealing.

And I should say that the film’s cast was able to capture that. Performances were top-notched, as well as their looks. Lupin (Shun Oguri), Jigen (Tetsuji Tamayama) and Goemon (Go Ayano) had never been this handsome in the anime. Even Tadanobu Asano who played Detective Zenigata was too good-looking for Lupin’s best friend from Interpol. Jerry Yan surely matured from being Dao Ming Si to Michael Lee here. The mustache suited him well.

And I had to admit, Meisa Kuroki was truly gorgeous and definitely captured Fujiko’s deceitful beauty.

Shun Oguri’s performance was remarkable, and I loved how he twitched his face to portray emotion, which was so Lupin. But, it seemed that he was not able to capture Lupin’s sense of humor, as what my brother hinted. According to my fangirl friend, Amilou, she thought this project was a milestone for Shun since he usually played dramatic roles. And I thought Shun could have been funny if only he was told to do so.

The whole film lacked authentic humor. Lupin III is a comedy and adventure anime.


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