Blades of glory

Blades of glory
Cinema Still : Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno.

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.

Sexy Swordsmen


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.

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