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J-Film - Rurouni Kenshin: Origins

  • Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan 1150 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

J-Film Summer Series 

-Rurouni Kenshin Live-Action Movie Trilogy-

Part 1 - Rurouni Kenshin: Origins

Presented by the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan and the Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C., Inc.

In the wake of a brutal civil war, the legendary and feared killer Kenshin Himura throws down his sword and vows to turn his back on bloodshed. Choosing instead to live his life as a peaceful wanderer, Kenshin soon finds that the world around him is rapidly changing—and not for the better.

A sadistic drug lord, Kanryu, oppresses the people, poisoning them with opium and stealing what little they have left. When this greed-driven monster threatens the beautiful kendo instructor Kaoru, Kenshin can no longer stand idly by.

Together with his street fighter comrade Sanosuke, Kenshin sets his sights on a showdown with Kanryu and his deadly henchmen. In a staggering action sequence for the ages, longtime fans will find out if Kenshin can survive his promise to face his own blade—before spilling the blood of his enemies!

Starring Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei, Munetaka Aoki, Yu Aoi, Yosuke Eguchi, Teruyuki Kagawa

Please note this film contains scenes of violence that may not be suitable for younger viewers. Recommended for ages 17+.

In Japanese with English subtitles | Not Rated | 134 min | 2012 | Directed by Keishi Otomo

Image: © 2016 RUROUNI KENSHIN Licensed by Funimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Information about Parts 2 and Parts 3 can be found below.

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 6:30 PM

This event is presented together with the Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C., Inc.


This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for security purposes.

Doors open at 6:00PM; screening begins at 6:30PM. No admission or re-entry will be permitted after doors close at 7:00PM or when seating is filled, whichever occurs first. 

Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early as seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat.


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