Luke Halliday writes:
"Without a doubt, the most anticipated film of the 16th Japanese Film Festival was Rurouni Kenshin, the live-action adaptation of the classic samurai manga. As with all adaptations they are ultimately compared to their source material, so how does Rurouni Kenshin stack up to it’s origins? Better than one could have hoped. Rurouni Kenshin is a non-stop thrill ride, the likes of which have not been seen in recent memory. This is how you handle an adaptation, much like Kenshin’s back-blade, with deft accuracy but enough creative spin on the norm to differentiate it. Rurouni Kenshin, isn’t just good. It’s damn good."