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 ...
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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 mistrust, he nurses her back to health and they form a bond as she seeks to continue her mission of vengeance and he tries to convince her otherwise.
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Editorial Reviews

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The Princess Blade is an old-fashioned tale of Samurai honor and revenge transposed to an apocalyptic near-future and featuring as its hero a deadly young heroine named Yuki (the aggressively adorable Yumiko Shaku). Director Shinsuke Sato tells the story without a speck of irony, and gives it a cool, stylish visual scheme spiced with the graceful fight choreography of Donnie Yen, a veteran of Hong Kong action movies. While the lack of irony is refreshing and the action passes muster, Sato plays it so straight that nothing about the film stands out as memorable. It has the feel of a too-faithful adaptation of its manga source material, and hearkens back to the Japanese samurai movies of the 1960s and '70s without adding anything to the genre but a slightly different setting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2003
  • UPC: 702727042829
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Section 23
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hideaki Ito Takashi
Yumiko Shaku Yuki
Shiro Sano
Yoichi Namata Kuka
Kyusaka Shimada Byakurai
Yoko Maki Aya
Technical Credits
Shinsuke Sato Director, Screenwriter
Hirohide Abe Editor
Shinji Higuchi Special Effects
Takashige Ichise Producer
Kiyoshi Kakizawa Sound/Sound Designer
Kenji Kawai Score Composer
Taro Kawazu Cinematographer
Kei Kunii Screenwriter
Tomoyuki Maruo Production Designer
Donnie Yen Action Director, Choreography
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [2:31]
2. The Hit [9:15]
3. Facing the Betrayer [18:15]
4. A Hit on a Princess [17:43]
5. Disturbing News [21:40]
6. The Final Battle [8:29]
7. One on One [11:20]
8. Closing Credits [4:16]
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Menu

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      English
      Japanese with English Subtitles
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   Trailer
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      Farscape, Season 3
      Gamera: Revenge of Iris
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good movie!

    Princess Blade is now one of my favorite samurai movies. I appreciated the content for my part. It depends on what you look for in a film. The story, blade splicing action, women with samurai swords, direction and choreography was good enough for me to enjoy. If you like the typical, boring, sugar-coated Hollywood ending..then this movie is NOT for you!! If you can appreciate a "sci-fi" film with an different ending, grab the dvd! I was satisfied with it and i do recommend this film for fans of this genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I heart Princess Blade

    The Princess Blade was one of the first Asian action films I saw. I loved it! The direction was cool, and Yumiko Shaku was pretty incredible in her first movie performance ever. Add fight sequences choreographed by Donnie Yen and you have a fun film. Girls with swords = Kick butt! -mags

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    See this movie!

    Well paced action and a clear story line make this a rare treat. The beautiful Yumiko Shaku only adds to the mix!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NO

    THE MOST DEPRESSING ENDING I HAVE EVER SEEN! The Action Rocks But It totally colapses at the end, BAD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsome martial arts!

    Spectacular fight scenes!! The story was very interesting and not your traditional sappy happy ending. Very good film. (Not for the faint of heart)

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