Rurouni Kenshin

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Japan, 1860s. Ex-hitman Kenshin Himura (Satô) is settling into a new life as a peaceful wanderer when he learns of a drug gang's plans to take over a school and use it to export their products. Taking up his sword again, he resolves to defend the teachers


Adapted from a popular comic, this Japanese swordswinger is set around the same time as The Last Samurai. A repentant former assassin (Takeru Satô) protects a neighbourhood from dastardly gangsters. It’s a good-looking film and enjoyable for a while, but far too long and shallow.

There's some fun action sequences and plenty of badass swordplay to pass the (seriously long) run time, but the simplistic plotting and characters mean that it all wears a little thin.