In film: Baby Doll is given a sword as part of her arsenal in the current film Sucker Punch.
Sucker Punch is a 2011 action-fantasy thriller film about the fantasies of a young woman who is committed to a mental institution. It was written by Steve Shibuya and Zack Snyder, directed by Snyder and the cast includes Emily Browning as the central character, Babydoll.
... she fantasizes an adventure in feudal Japan, where she meets the Wise Man (Scott Glenn), who tells her that she can escape if she collects five items: a map, fire, a knife, a key and a fifth, unrevealed item that would require "great sacrifice".
He gives her a sword and a gun, instructing her to fight three demon samurai, which she defeats. -per wikipedia
Gals with blades...
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by Zack Snyder
Description from the amazon:
From Zack Snyder, the director of 300 and Watchmen, comes Sucker Punch; an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of Babydoll - a young girl, whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality.
Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, but her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary…with potentially tragic consequences.
In this official book, Snyder guides you through the many amazing worlds and characters of the film, with eye-popping production art and stunning photographs by Clay Enos (Watchmen: Portraits).
* another book for my wish list ;-D
* on my to watch list, dvd if not theatre
fyi: steampunk and zombies in the film