Samurai X: Director's Cut Collection
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Director Kazuhiro Furuhashi has recut the four-episode Samurai X OVA into a seamless feature that serves as a prequel to both Samurai X: The Movie and the light-hearted TV series. The action unfolds in 1864, at the beginning of the revolution against the Tokugawa Shogunate that culiminated in the Meiji Restoration. The orphan Shinta is transformed by master swordsman Hiko into Kenshin, an assassin who believes he is using his sword to bring about a better world. When he and the mysterious Tomoe hide from the intrigues of Kyoto in a remote mountain village, Kenshin finds peace, raising crops and savoring the passage of the seasons, but this tranquility cannot endure. Furuhashi choreographs the characters' inner conflicts as skillfully as the epic sword fights, infusing them with an elegant sensuality. In either format, Samurai X OVAs capture the violence and poetry of samurai culture in a story of exceptional emotional depth. (Rated 17 and older: violence, alcohol use, mature themes) --Charles Solomon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This directors cut merges the ova's trust and betrayal. As mentioned by someone else, very little is added, but the reflection's ova directors cut should have more added when it's released in the US.
Reflections is the one that i thought really needed a director's cut. This is coming from someone who is a Rurouni Kenshin fan.
As far as this director's cut for betrayal and trust goes, I was hoping for more. This just felt like they took the breaks out of the original OVA's. When I hear the word's director's cut, I immediately think of restored scenes that the director was forced to cut for one reason or another. This felt like there were no restored scenes, except for the one that someone mentioned in another review above.
Another reason for it only getting three stars, is there are no extra's whatsoever on this disc. The only things they have are language selection, scene selection (Which has moving animation featured for each scene you can select. I always like this!) and lastly some trailers for other anime. There are no extra's!
Buy it? Or don't buy it? hmmm . . . If you're a die hard fan of Rurouni Kenshin, you will buy it without any need for me to coax you into doing so. If you're not a die hard fan, but already own all of the OVA's and are too lazy to use your remote from a sitting or laying down position to press a button to skip past the credits of one act to go into the next act then this is perfect for you!
It may seem like I'm exaggerating a bit, but I assure you I am not.Read more ›
I am going to tell you the story but im not going to ruin it for you. The story is this, Shinta was an orphan whose parents died of sickness so he was turned into a slave. But his slave masters were attacked and he was saved by Hiko. Hiko changed his name to Kenshin and taught him Hiten Mistourougi(I think thats how its spelled) syle of swordmanship. Kenshin became an assassin. Later he picks up a girl named Tomoe after being attacked. Time passes and then Kenshin's clan was attacked so he had to run. The leader of Kenshins clan advises him to move out of town and pretend to be husband and wife with Tomoe. That's only the first part but I can't really tell the second part without ruining the movie. But this dvd explains how Kenshin got the cross-shaped scar on his cheek.
The movie is a sad movie but one of the best parts of the movie is the music. The music can stay in your head for quite awhile. Unlike the cartoon series, none of the music uses rock instruments(electric guitars, drumset, etc.) it uses classical music instruments. So expect classical music.
There are some complaints, but not enough for me to give it 4 stars. First of all you can't really tell if when the first movie ends and the second begins. Also the ending credits are in japanese and the subtitles won't tell you who helped to make this wonderlful movie. I also thought there was going to be some more extra features but there isn't just previews to other anime movies.Read more ›
As an orphan, he sees the murder of the people presently caring for him, and is saved from getting killed himself by the man who will become his master. Kenshin, however, abandons his master before his training is fulfilled in order to stop a corrupt government and fight for the "good" guys. He kills without feeling, suppressing his emotions and conscience, and is the most effective assassin on either side.
And then he meets Tomoe, a woman everyone mistakes for a prostitute. Unknown and unrealized to Kenshin, Tomoe is as much a pawn of the revolution as Kenshin himself is, being used by the opposition to exact revenge, as well as by his own people to ensure that he doesn't break down emotionally and become useless as a fighter.
Kenshin's fiercest struggles, however, are not physical. It is too easy for this killing machine to defeat his opponent for the fight to ever be called into question. His struggles only truly begin when he finally lives a normal life, and starts to question why he thought he could only be happy using his sword to kill for justice, asking himself if justice can ever be exacted through murder?
While the main premise of Kenshin is fascinating, the theme of atonement, and if good ends can ever be justified by evil means, my problem with the movie is that I don't think the relationship between Kenshin and Tomoe was developed enough to make me believe that Kenshin's existence with Tomoe was enough to begin his path to redemption and atonement.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I got this dvd 2 days ago and let me tell you it is the best! The action is quite spectacular and the visuals are stunning. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by unknown
Samurai X is just a different name that ADV films just made up,well anyway it doesn't matter.This movie is the greatest it actually shows Kenshin's first love "Tomoe". Read morePublished on May 30 2004
Samurai X is (of course) the prelude to the rurouni kenshin series. It starts out with a boy named Shinta (kenshin) traveling with a bunch of slave traders that gets ambushed by... Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by matthew
the first time I saw this, my mouth dropped to the floor. Not as good as the original Rurouni Kenshin, but pretty goodPublished on May 21 2004 by Jack Skellington
DO NOT READ IF YOU DON'T WANT SOME SPOILERS!!
Now I'm a fan of the Rorouni Kenshin Series and an anime otaku (fan) but when I first saw the Trust/Betryal OVA, I was blown... Read more
This movie is among the best I've ever seen. No expense is spared in the creation of Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal. The animation is crisp, smooth, and extremely detailed. Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Eric Schmidt
My God! I was totally blown away by this! This is the single most moving film I have ever seen, and I have seen a lot of dramas. Read morePublished on March 24 2004 by Amber
Whether you are a Rurouni Kenshin fan or not, you must see this. Everything about this movie is fantastic. The pacing is steady, not fast and rushed like the anime or manga. Read morePublished on March 20 2004
Beautifully drawn, Samurai X is just an anime masterpeice. I would reccomend it to any anime fan of Rurouni Kenshin, or anime lover. Read morePublished on March 18 2004