For fans of Japanese anime, you'd be happy to know that the movie adaptation of "Samurai X" has now reached our fair shores. My first outing with the YA Care Group, that we recently joined, was to catch "Rurouni Kenshin". For the uninitiated, it is the classical tale of the wondering former assassin-with-a-conscience. Although the plot is rather cliche, certain story details do give one cause to stop and ponder.
Is it right for human lives be sacrificed in the interest of the greater good? Who defines this greater "good"? After all, history is written by the victors. Can the proverbial leopard change it's spots? In this case, would a former killer always be a killer inside? Kenshin carries a katana with a "reversed" blade (cutting-edge facing himself) as his pledge never to kill again. And indeed he defeats all his foes without killing a single one. Why carry a sword even, if you've vowed not to kill?
|Look at me! I'm way cooler than Wong Fei Hong!|
Fans of "Samurai X" would be appeased to know that the movie holds close to the original anime - down to the villains. If you've just been introduced, fear not. The movie doesn't require you to have prior knowledge. Philosophy aside, it is worth watching on its own, even if only for the special fighting effects (good enough to rival "Once Upon a Time in China"s Wong Fei Hong). There's also enough eye-candy for both genders. My only grouse is that there's no kissing. ;)
In conclusion, it is a movie worth catching. What made it even better was the company.