Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
1. Yes, Kenshin having foreign blood was a popular headcanon in fanfictions back in the day. In fact, I think a lot of people still have that headcanon now (like aworldwithroses ^^x). Regarding his red hair, I still stand by my headcanon that it’s a result of poverty but it could be natural too as I personally know Asian people who have natural brown hair even if they come from families who have mostly black hair.
2. As for Sakura, Kasumi, and Akane, Kenshin mentioned that he had been with them only for a day both in the manga and in the OVA. He did say though that he felt responsible in protecting them as he was the only male in the group. This makes me think that his parents or someone older might have taught him this and all the things he know about manners and justice. I mean, he was polite and had a sense of what’s happening around him even before he met Hiko.
3. I actually was planning to add something about Kenshin’s last name to the previous headcanon post but figured it was getting too long. ^^x Anyway, like you, I also believe that the “Himura” name was given to him by Katsura because like what you said, farmers like Kenshin’s family weren’t really given the right to have last names during the Tokugawa Era.
4. I believe that that underlying message is not only present in the live action movie but in the manga as well. It’s the reason why people like Gein, Inui, Kujiranami, and even Aoshi and the Oniwabanshu lived the way they did during the Meiji.
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I love these two pieces! Though, just keep in mind that this is a story and trying to make sense of EVERYTHING will quickly lead you down dark alley ways in which little makes actual sense (ie. characters’ physical appearance).