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Samurai X - Trust [VHS]

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  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630587218X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,877 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By A Customer on 18 Nov. 2002
This is a 2-part movie that includes Betrayal as well. The story is set in ancient Japan when there is a civil war. As the titles suggest, the story is a story of trust and betrayal, because the boy learns who he can and cannot trust but only when it is too late. His family died long ago and he recently travelled with slave traders, and adopted them as family but when they were murdered, he saw everything and was rescued by a skilled swordsman. He buried the bandits that were killed and his newfound friends with his own bare hands. The boy-Shinta (later renamed Kenshim by his master) is trained by a skilled swordsman to become as skilled as he is.
Scenes are very graphic but are very touching and it shows the true nature of humans and how cruel they can be. The movie has little humour but focuses on the pain of human suffereing. Shinta grows up, and when he finds out about the many innocent people dying because of the civil war he wants to help; Shinta leaves and does the only job he knows how to do-to use his sword. He has a romantic idea of killing in order to save the weak but his teacher knows that if he uses the skills he has taught him-the Mitsurugi Technique, he will be used by the power mad men at the time and soon his skills would become murder.
A man that was powerful during the civil war-Katsura sees Kenshim as a boy working in a yard and hires Kenshim to be his bodyguard but he takes it a bit too far and Kenshim becomes an assassin. One day he kills Kiyosato, who is about to be married to Tomoe-a beautiful girl. Kenshim meets Tomoe later and their love and attraction are doomed from the first moment they meet-like Romeo and Juliet.
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You wouldn't know it to look at it, but Samurai X is a small but masively important part of a great Anime series. The series is called Rurouni Kenshin, a 95 episode Anime TV series that is part comedy part action series and in it's second series features a plot arc that rivals greats like Babylon 4.
However they produced a prequel to this series and that is what has been released as Samurai X. This four part series (two episodes on this first video) which looks into how the main protaganist Himura Kenshin became the peace-devoted ex-samurai he has become.
There is no comedy and light action here instead it a violent and emotional tale that is truly powerful in so many ways. I can't rate this highly enough.
Pity few people in this country will barely notice it on the video store shelves...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drago Senpai 16 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Beautiful Animation, you see the hardships and troubles that a young man goes through. Set in the 1860's, one of Japan's most troubled political times. We see Himura Kenshin as he loses his inocence at a very young age to become a samurai. Fighting for the promise of a political balance and a better era, he stands as an assasin for a political group. Lots of samurai style fighting, drama, love and suspense all in one. I cannot recommend this movie any higher!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I am a killer who brings the bloody rain." 7 Jun. 2001
By Mark Lee - Published on
This anime ROCKS! It is the story of a time in Feudal Japan, where the ideal way of eliminating the old regime is to destroy anything that resembles it. Kenshin is a very young man who is taught the skills to become a ruthless, deadly assassin. He soon became famous for his killing skills. But when Kenshin meets a beautiful but depressed girl named Tomoe, he falls in love and realizes that he really doesn't want to live life as a ruthless murderer. Eventually, Kenshin learns why Tomoe is so depressed. And this reason soon proves to be devastating.....
I expected this anime to be a total gore-fest, filled with nothing but endless action and guys getting chopped in half. But I was actually quite wrong! The first episode is mostly action, but the second and third episodes contain a great deal of romance as well. And the fourth episode is the conclusion....and it's absolutely heartbreaking. The ending is shocking, startling, jaw-dropping. It's very sad actually. This film has one of the most tearjerking endings I have seen since "Grave of the Fireflies." Funny how both films are anime.
But just because the film isn't all action doesn't mean it isn't gory. This is a very violent movie, with plenty of mutilations, decapitations, and copious amounts of blood. It wasn't rated by the MPAA, but it would merit a solid R for the graphic violence and gore. (There's no nudity, however. It doesn't need any.)
Stunning animation and spectacular storytelling, exhilarating action and enchanting romance, breathtaking adventure and heartbreaking drama--"Samurai X: Rurouni Kenshin" has it all. And it's a masterpiece.
(This text refers to the subtitled VHS version.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking OAV Series 28 Aug. 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Samauri X (or Rurouni Kenshin OAV) is an amazingly spectactular animated series. Different in style and feel than the popular TV series by the same name {Rurouni Kenshin), I believe it surpasses the original.
The timeline is before the TV series takes place, in the manga it is shown as a flashback, telling his comrads about his past life. This Kenshin is darker, more violent and more serious from the begining. This can be considered a prequel to the TV series, explaining his background.
This series earns a 17 and up rating and with good reason. There is quite graphic violence that the potential viewer should be aware of, there is quite a jump in maturity from Pokemon to Rurouni Kenshin. The dub is not bad, as dubs go. The voice actors seem to fit their characters fairly well, ADV has taken some care in the release of this series. Quite a well done series!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rouruni Kenshin film ¿what else can I say? 22 Feb. 2003
By mjab - Published on
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It's an epic masterpiece that can easely be compared with Akira Kurosawa's live action films(exept this one is a little bit more bloody).This anime is packed with action,political plots and romance,and as I said it is kind of bloody but it ain't no ninja sroll, plus it isn't actually an action film but you can still watch some neat body choping scenes.To sum this up this anime is a great must have motion film.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 14 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
As the title implies, this is probably the best anime, or movie, for that matter, that you will ever see. The art was gorgeous, and the music beautiful. The story revolves around Himura Kenshin, the Hitokiri Battousi or master assassin, and how he got his cross scar. The story is engaging, set in early Japan. Culture is liberally interspersed within the movie in a subtle way. This is a touching, moving story. A quality view.
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