SINGAPORE - Guns are dumb.
It takes no real skill to pull a trigger, and even less courage.
Death can be dealt so easily and so impersonally with a gun that life - human or animal - is utterly devalued.
Killing becomes a casual decision.
Swords, on the other hand, are not casual. They require skill, athleticism, even artistry.
You have to get up close with a sword, putting your own life in peril.
There's a romance to them, a beauty in the way they look and richness to the way they're crafted.
Shining steel forged by hand.
Of course it would still suck being hacked up by a sword, but when it comes to movies and such, there's absolutely no question that they're way cooler than guns.
Exhibit A: Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, opening in theatres here tomorrow.
In the film, swordsman Kenshin is a former assassin who defends the new Japanese government against a mad rebel - and he's glorious.
Let's take a closer look at Kenshin and some of his greatest swashbuckling fellows.
RUROUNI KENSHIN: KYOTO INFERNO
You'll never see a sexier guy than Takeru Satoh as Himura Kenshin.
Satoh may be as pretty as a girl, but with a sword in his hand he gets that extra boost of bad-boy manliness - deadly and dashing.