The Princess Blade
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Based on a manga series, this science fiction-adventure is set in a near future in which Japan is governed by a monarchy who use a highly trained band of samurai-style assassins known as the House of Takemikazuchi to suppress a fierce band of rebels. Yuki (Yumiko Shaku), a lethal young female member of the group, discovers that her mother was betrayed and murdered by the their leader, and swears vengeance. After being wounded in battle, she takes refuge in a remote gas station run by Takashi (Hideaki Ito), a young man who is actually a member of the underground rebel army. Despite their mutual… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Delicately rendered, if full of pretty banal sentiments, the film's softer central section is a necessary counterweight to the other two acts, which are largely shot in an oppressive blue filter."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Great movie, mediocre script."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A fine remake of "Lady Snowblood," with Donnie Yen fight choreograpy to boot"
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"Sato seems to be trying to make several different movies at once, and none of them comes through strongly enough to carry the film."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"It's clear that video-game-designer-turned-director Shinsuke Sato knows what he's got: when the action settles down, he wisely hangs the camera on his alluring stars."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"[Yumiko Shaku] doesn't project the confidence or menace that the role requires. Trying to pass her off as a stone-cold assassin is like casting Britney Spears as Marie Curie -- it just doesn't jibe."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"The cast, in its quiet, iconic way, is superb."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"the film's opening action sequence is the first of several that are likely to have you thumbing the backscan button because they look so damn cool (and are so damn fast)."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"A brooding atmosphere -- which is critic-speak for 'everybody wears black, and the whole thing was lighted with a single 40-watt bulb' -- permeates this dystopian thriller."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"By turns violent and brooding, it's stronger on style than on substance, but genre fans might find it at least sporadically amusing."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Its corny streak brings the movie too close to cut-rate Chinese Opera epics than should be allowed."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The Princess Blade would have been better off forgetting the love story and concentrating on the kick-ass action."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Action directors take note: This is how it's done."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"It has stylish fighting, but the story doesn't live up to the talent of the fight choreographer."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"The beautiful, elegant swordfights are filmed clearly and poetically, and even the down-time between battles doesn't drag too badly."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
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