The Hidden Blade
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The Hidden Blade concerns Yaichiro, a warrior who must leave his family in the care of two other samurai after he answers a request for his services in another town. Muenezo and Samon do their best to protect the family when they come under attack during Yaichiro's absence. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A tenacious survival tale in which passionate lovers are held apart by outmoded traditions. How they overcome obstacles to happiness is what makes the film so dramatically engaging."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"An affecting portrait of the impact of profound change on people with limited options."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Second installment in Yamada's samurai trilogy. Once again the hero is unlike the super-warriors of the genre, but far more interesting."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"a totally immersive experience"
‑ Don Willmott,
"This is a film buff's movie but also has strong appeal to those who just want to be told a darn good story."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Yamada's enormously enjoyable The Hidden Blade is a movie that deftly balances the obligations of samurai history with love story."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The Hidden Blade bears more than a passing resemblance in story and form to The Twilight Samurai, but stands on its own as a pleasant, if unremarkable, romance."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"A character-driven, martial arts adventure more concerned with motivations than karate moves."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"It's a pretty simple tale, but -- true to his Western influences -- Yamada slows down the action and stretches it out to a prize-winning length."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Yamada's film is old-fashioned in the very best sense. He is a great story teller and director of actors."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Reminders of feudal Japan are mixed in with a prescient glimpse into the country's future. The samurai will not be part of it, and The Hidden Blade poignantly shows what is lost in the name of progress."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Both epic and intimate, this impassioned samurai drama is for anyone who's ever watched a movie and muttered, 'They just don't make 'em like they used to.'"
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Hidden Blade works, then, as that rare, intellectually stirring historical pageant, but also as a deeply emotional, satisfying samurai movie, one of the crown jewels of the genre."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"... the restrained drama both punctures the mythic ideal of the samurai culture and spins a romantic portrait of one man who values principle over protocol..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Good, but a bit of a snorer."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
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