Before watching this film I was totally unfamiliar with Rurouni Kenshin, or Samurai X, a manga/anime series from Japan. I had no idea what it was about. I went in this film blind and for the whole movie I somehow thought the main character was a girl who pretended to be a guy, like in the film Mulan. Little did I know that it was a guy all along. I was a bit disappointed because I do think that my twist on the character would be more interesting and progressive. A lesbian samurai wanderer roaming the countryside, fighting other samurai and badguys, helping those in need, and occassionally falling in love... so awesome.
Set during the Meiji period (1868-1912), the movie tells the story of Himura Kenshin, a former killer samurai who went by the name of "Hitogiri Battosai," during Meiji restoration when Japan industrialized and opened up to the outside world. 2b1af7f3a8