The Hidden Blade
The Hidden Blade (2006)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 23, 2006
DVD Release Date: August 8, 2006
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A slow and steady samurai flick a la John Ford that brings emotions and psychology to an epic-scale adventure.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

An affecting portrait of the impact of profound change on people with limited options.

Louis Proyect

Second installment in Yamada's samurai trilogy. Once again the hero is unlike the super-warriors of the genre, but far more interesting.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Yamada's enormously enjoyable The Hidden Blade is a movie that deftly balances the obligations of samurai history with love story.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

A character-driven, martial arts adventure more concerned with motivations than karate moves.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.'

David Noh
Film Journal International

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.

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Lady D'arbanville
A long winded love story, to which becomes more enjoyable during the second half. Boredeom set in occasionally which surprised me because I?ve heard such good… More
JY Skacto
Director Yoji Yamada has been writing and directing films since the 1960s, so it is no surprise at how much recognition <i>The Hidden Blade</i>… More
danny d
fantastic film. winner of 12 japanese academy awards, this one has a great ending. i liked the film even better after a second viewing when i was able to… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Hidden Blade", Munezo Katagiri(Masatoshi Nagase) is a low-caste samurai living in rural 19th century Japan whose father… More
Bruce Bruce
This is an absolutely jaw-dropping brilliant film. This was from the 2005 Berlin International Film festival. And I will tell you at the start 5 Stars and its… More
Fascade Fiveoneeight
It was hard...very hard to sit still through this Japanese movie based upon honor and the cherish of the concealed and almost lost art of love, between a… More