Based on the nominal international best-selling manga, Kenshin stars up-and-coming young actor Takeru Sato as the deadly but gentle (and sometimes goofy) wandering samurai Kenshin Himura. A warrior whose swordsmanship – and cold efficiency – is unrivaled, Kenshin has vowed never to kill his opponents, as a form of personal redemption for his blood-soaked past as the nation’s most notorious government assassin, the Battosai. With the gruesome transition to the Meiji Era now in the past, Kenshin wanders Japan looking for a place of peace, eventually making his way to Tokyo, where he meets the fierce Kaoru (Emi Takei), a teacher at a school for swordsmanship. Kaoru’s dojo becomes overrun by the industrialist Kanryu (Teruyuki Kagawa), and Kenshin enlists the help of street brawler Sannosuke (Munetaka Aoki) to protect it. But when one of Kanryu’s henchmen (posing as the Battosai) begins a killing spree, Kenshin begins to question his vow – as well as the reformation that he once murdered for. Full of fast-paced swordplay, over-the-top-acting, and contemporary stylistic flourishes, Kenshin is a modern-take on the period swashbuckler, and its fidelity to the source material’s romance and action elements will leave fans of the manga and anime very satisfied.

明治になって10年−−−−東京では、“人斬り抜刀斎”を名乗り、手当り次第に人を斬る男が現れる。無謀にも一人でその男に立ち向かう神谷薫(武井咲)を助けた見知らぬ男。彼こそが、幕末に名を馳せた反幕府軍の暗殺者“人斬り抜刀斎(佐藤健)”その人だった。いまは緋村剣心と名を変え、[斬れない刀=逆刃刀]を手に、人を助けるための流浪の旅を続けていたが、香るが亡き父から引き継いだ道場に居候することになる。ニセ者の正体は鵜堂刃衛(吉川晃司)、実業家・武田観柳(香川照之)の用心棒だ。観柳は女医の高橋恵(蒼井優)に作らせたアヘンで得た莫大な金で武器を買い、世界を支配しようと企てていた。元新撰組で今は警官となった齊藤一(江口洋介)が観柳の陰謀をかぎつけるが、金で買った絶大な権力には手を出せない。邪悪な計画の手始めに、神谷道場一帯を手に入れようとした観柳は、罪もない人々の命を奪おうとする。苦しむ人々を見た剣心は、戦いを決意。だが、観柳の護衛は250人、剣心の味方に名乗り出たのは、喧嘩屋の相楽左之助(青木崇高)だけ。果たして剣心は斬れない刀で、大切な人たちを守り抜くことができるのか−−−−?

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