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‘Ruroni Kenshin’

by Mark Schilling

Director: Otomo Keishi

Language: Japanese (subtitled in English)

Yesasia.com is now shipping an English-subbed Hong Kong Blu-ray and DVD of “Ruroni Kenshin,” a live-action swashbuckler starring Takeru Sato in the title role, alongside Takei Emi and Yu Aoi. The film is based on a popular manga about a former assassin who switches to the side of nondeadly justice in the new Meiji Era. Great action sequences choreographed by Kenji Tanigaki more than compensate for some over-the-top acting.