The Princess Blade
The Princess Blade (2002)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 18, 2003
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57%
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53%


Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The action is fast and tightly choreographed, but The Princess Blade never draws its disparate elements into a compelling movie.

Derek Elley
Variety

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.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Great movie, mediocre script.

Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat

A fine remake of "Lady Snowblood," with Donnie Yen fight choreograpy to boot

Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

[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.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

The cast, in its quiet, iconic way, is superb.

Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com

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).

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Its corny streak brings the movie too close to cut-rate Chinese Opera epics than should be allowed.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The Princess Blade would have been better off forgetting the love story and concentrating on the kick-ass action.

Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Action directors take note: This is how it's done.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
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EightThirty .
Pretty cool.. Azumi is better though.. but I did enjoy the quickness when swords were drawn ^_^
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