The Princess Blade

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59

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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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Score distribution:
  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. 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. 60
    Yumiko Shaku as Yuki is small, beautiful, and stunningly sexy while she plies her deadly skill like a dancer. Her self-assured poise and large expressive eyes say everything that the minimal dialogue doesn’t.
  6. Adventurous viewers will find this unusual genre hybrid an intriguing experience, and Donnie Yen's fight choreography is breathtaking.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. YukiY.
    Jun 10, 2007
    9
    One of the best films I've seen in a long while. Cold-steel action against a cold, lean plot. Superb fighting sequences, though Ito is a One of the best films I've seen in a long while. Cold-steel action against a cold, lean plot. Superb fighting sequences, though Ito is a bit wooden. Great film on the whole. Expand

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