IMDb plot summary (truncated from original): In 1868, after the end of the Bakumatsu war, the former assassin Kenshin Himura promises to defend those in need without killing. When Kenshin helps the idealistic Kaoru Kamiya from the gangsters of the powerful opium drug lord Kanryuu Takeda that wants her school for his production of opium, Kaoru invites Kenshin to stay in the school.
Directed by Keishi Ohtomo. Starring Takeru Satô, Emi Takei, Yû Aoi, and Teruyuki Kagawa.
This was a pleasant surprise. What starts off looking like a typical samurai film ends up being a really lovely movie, filmed beautifully and dealing thoughtfully with how a desire to avoid killing can mesh with someone who also wants to be a protector. The fight scenes are really well-done, but most importantly, they actually mean something because the characters are worth caring about. Interesting and thoughtful and definitely different.
How it entered my Flickchart:
Rurouni Kenshin > Robin Hood (1973)
Rurouni Kenshin > Sleeping Beauty
Rurouni Kenshin < Into the Woods (2014)
Rurouni Kenshin < Nativity!
Rurouni Kenshin < Four Lions
Rurouni Kenshin < Key Largo
Rurouni Kenshin < A Doll's House
Rurouni Kenshin < The Goodbye Girl (2004)
Rurouni Kenshin > Argo
Rurouni Kenshin > Pretty Woman
Rurouni Kenshin < The Red Violin
Final spot: #570 out of 2307.