Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno

Borrowed from here.
"Please don't kill again."

That's what Kaoru said to Kenshin when he told her his plan to go to Kyoto, stopping a mass murderer from burning the city to the ground. She worried he would go back to his old life when all he did was killing people. 

For those who are familiar with the Japanese anime version, please don't judge this live action movie before seeing it. I'm not really a fan, but I think the movie was made with passion and attention to details. I think the storyline was rather slow in few parts, but it's minor complaint. But as a whole, the story itself is quite good. 

I have a bit problem with the casting of Kenshin. Takeru Satoh acting is really not that bad, well, at least compared with the little boy whose family was murdered. He also seemed at ease delivering conversations in very formal form of Japanese language. But, I can't seemed to shake the after image of his character in Mei's Butler. 

As for the idea of pushing down your inner self and needs because they're so ugly and dangerous, well, let's face it, humans need to do it sometimes. Why? Because it's scary to think of ourselves as evil. Freud argued that humans have unconscious drive filled with nasty stuff, like sexual urges and desire to destroy and to die. Kenshin's past as famous killer was buried with such effort, that the mere thought of him going back to Kyoto and fight some evil killer, made Kaoru sad. 

Not many people could be as forgiving when it comes down to their past as Kenshin. I think choosing to own a dull katana is his way to prevent himself from slipping to his old ways. He also chose to live among people who believe that hurting others is not an option. But I think his options were also a form of punishment, a way to redeem himself. 

If only people could be as harsh to themselves as Kenshin does, we would only have wars within ourselves, not among each other.


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