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  • Summary: In this hard-boiled action film, Yumiko Shaku stars as the beautiful princess Yuki of the House of Takemikazuchi, a band of assassins formerly employed as the guard of the Mikado elite. (ADV Films)
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 89
    The Princess Blade opens with one of the most note-perfect action sequences ever committed to film.
  2. It's all story, character and dazzling martial arts violence, as orchestrated by fight choreographer Donnie Yen at breakneck speed.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    70
    Original and thrilling martial-arts choreography, a lean, hard-driving story and solemn atmosphere make The Princess Blade -- a futuristic tale -- stand way above the pack.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    60
    A martial arts fantasy in modern dress, but set in an unidentified country and era, The Princess Blade is a tough toasted sandwich with a soft filling.
  5. With its stylized, near-surreal comic-book look and roots, The Princess Blade has all the makings of a cult film.
  6. 60
    Not quite good enough to jump out of the pack of Asian swordplay movies but is too well crafted to sink into utter anonymity.
  7. 40
    Despite its origins, nearly every visual and storytelling idea in this green-and-black-tinted martial-arts fantasy seems to derive from "Mad Max," "The Matrix" and/or "The Lord of the Rings."

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4