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Samurai X: Director's Cut Collection

4.5 out of 5 stars 109 customer reviews

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Kenshin is a wanderer, a lost soul cursed to seek atonement for his life a s a sword-wielding assassin. After a long war to overthrow a corrupt government, peacetime offers no peace to Kenshin-despite a vow to draw his sword only for the protection of those in need.

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  • Actors: Mayo Suzukaze, Junko Iwao, Nozomu Sasaki, Masami Suzuki, Shûichi Ikeda
  • Directors: Kazuhiro Furuhashi
  • Writers: Masashi Sogo, Nobuhiro Watsuki
  • Producers: Hiroshi Hasegawa, Katsunori Furihashi, Kazuki Noguchi, Ryuzo Shirakawa, Yoshinori Naruke
  • Format: Animated, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 220 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BKSJ5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,193 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Samurai X: Director's Cut Collection" on IMDb

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By J. Lim on March 27, 2003
Format: DVD
I bought an import DVD of this title after having fallen in love with the original version. The director's cut has had all of the section breaks removed, letting the story flow as a continuous two-hour movie.
If you've never seen this OVA before, brace yourself. Its look and tone are almost completely different from the "Rurouni Kenshin" tv series and movie, with frivolity stripped away to yield a stunning examination of what happens to idealism when it's used to justify any means used to achieve those ideals. This OVA is not kid's stuff. It's violent and heart-rending and subtle, and you will never look at Kenshin the same way again.
It's probably best appreciated after seeing the second season of the tv series, which introduces a number of characters who also appear here. And once you've grown accustomed to the way Kenshin behaves ten years after the war, it's truly eye-opening to see the way he was and how/why he changed to what he later became. However, it can also be watched on its own, without having seen any other RK at all.
Some new footage was added to bump the runtime back up, but most of it is in tiny snippets that don't add much, with the spectacular exception of a battle sequence near the end where Kenshin fights his way across a bridge toward an artillery-besieged town. (By contrast, much more footage was added to the director's cut of Seisouhen (Reflections), including Kaoru's wedding and early married life, but no US release date has been announced for that as yet.)
Buy it. Watch it. Never forget it.
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Known in America as Samurai X, the four-episode OVA prequel to Rurouni Kenshin is widely acknowledged as one of anime's crowning achievements. A gripping story heavily rooted in historical fact, the episodes feature dynamic characters, incredible animation, and an impressive musical score; the 1999 direct-to-video series has a noble theatrical quality often likened to Akira Kurosawa's cinematic masterpieces. Simply put, it deserved to be made as a movie. Eventually the four episodes were cut together, supplemented with new animation, and released theatrically in Japan as "Rurouni Kenshin: Reminiscence." It makes its US debut on DVD as "Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal Director's Cut," but short of seeing this in a theater, there is little reason for American fans to pick up this version over the OVAs.

In any incarnation the sheer brilliance of the production is obvious. Set ten years before the events of the Rurouni Kenshin television series, it trades up the cartoonish look and tone of its forerunner for harsh, uncompromising, realistic tragedy. The stylistic gap between the two series is immense; yet there is no feeling of inconsistency, as viewers of the TV series already know Kenshin's past was dark and violent. Not only does the prequel perfectly illuminate the history of an established protagonist, it is a fascinating and emotional character study in its own right. Kenshin goes from an idealistic youth to a cold-hearted killer, only to be redeemed through love lost and the realization that swinging his sword is destroying his own life as well as the lives of the people on the receiving end. His journey is at once tragic, uplifting, and totally convincing.

And the sword fights kick ass.
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"Samurai X-trust & betrayal" is essentially a prologue to the Rurouni Kenshin TV series. Or they call it an OVA or direct-to- video animation film. I suggest to newcomers, to watch first the samurai X TV series then watch this to fully comprehend and grasp who Rurouni Kenshin is,it's cast members, & the central setting & ideas of the series.
The film delves further to Kenshin early years or his past, before meeting Kauro, Sanosuke,etc. From a child, his name was Shinta, witnessing the murder of his parents, being adapted & raised by his mentor master Hiko, & up to being an eventual hired & ruthless assassin, thus,was christened as Battousai.This film comprises 4- 30 mins. episode and the movie characteristic story-elements itself are extremely dark & very depressing, talky, serious in tone & heavy,domestic, & the dramatic core story preceded the little action sequences, which is only a secondary emphasis.
This movie is one of my favorites & is one of my most cherished DVD. Though not action-oriented like it's predecessor on TV, this movie simply is very memorable and lasting, as the story,mainly, explores a geniune, true-to-life example of how two people live a life, as in exemplified by Kenshin & Tomoe. More than about Rurouni Kenshin further adventures, which it is,as this prologue served to tie up loose ends of Kenshin's past-- his past origin.
However, the film absolute high point is following the dramatic,day-to-day ,slice of life of Kenshin and his wife Tomoe,albeit rusely married.Kenshin & Tomoe living together as a virtual husband and wife thus, manifesting a true-to-life portrayal of a couple struggle to subsist on a daily basis.This side of Kenshin has never intensely delved before,his marital side.
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