Netflix has announced the impending release of Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning. The Japanese movie, which debuted in Japan last month, will eventually be available for viewers in the United States. The latest live-action version of the classic kung fu film is directed by Shimit Amini, the man responsible for the hit animated movie Kung Pow Enter the Fist. The movie is written by Mike De Luca and starring Nicholas Cage, who previously had a role in both Blowfish andacs. He also has a role in upcoming animated project Ratatouille. Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning takes place ten years after the events of the first movie, and centers on the master swordsman, Kenshin.
While no one has confirmed or denied whether or not Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning has an ending, we have heard enough theories and talk about the end of the story to know that there could be one. Many people, however, are hoping that there will be a sequel, and that there will be more of the same story to tell, continuing the story from the original source of the manga series. With the news of the release of the prequels to the kenshin stories, it seems that there will be a beginning, middle, and end to the kenshin story.
The original story was written as a series of live-action films that told the story of the powerful Sanada household as well as the rise of the young prince, Kenshin. Sanada, the head of the Sanada clan, has been dead since before the anime began. As a result, a seemingly dead man rises to take his place, and Kenshin must train to surpass his past. While many have speculated whether or not the manga series will continue beyond the conclusion of the first film, nothing has been officially announced.
The premise of Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning is that a young man in the Sanada household, Kenji, is believed to be the next Sanada heir apparent. However, he is actually the son of Sanada household friend, Tatsu Sanada. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. After accidentally slicing his throat during a battle, he survives and becomes the new heir apparent. The beginning of the series focuses on him training with his friend Takeda Shingen, to become stronger and learn martial arts. Kenshin is strong, disciplined, and a fierce fighter, all while learning the truth about himself.
From the start of the series you can tell that the writer's are heavily relying on fan support to give their story the depth that allows it to have. If you haven't watched any of the Sanada household shows or movies, then you should definitely start with Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning. The art style is similar to that from the original Sanada films, but they have added an element of live-action to the franchise. This works very well for the anime fans that like to see some degree of fighting in their stories, but feel like it has gotten a bit watered down since its Japanese origin. However, the live-in sanitary setting that is featured in most of the films isn't featured in this series. This may be a good thing, depending upon your opinion.
The premise for Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning is that the young Sanada heir will learn the ways of the warrior while serving as bodyguard to the younger Takeda. Kenshin returns to Tokyo twenty years after the events of the first film in order to help Takeda kill the last threat to the Japanese throne. They succeed, and in doing so they also discover that the only son of a powerful warlord was actually a terrorist. This film series is truly a masterpiece and is certainly worth your time for anyone that ever had the chance to view the original Sanada movies.