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Shura Yukihime
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Release Date:
15 December 2001 (Japan) See more »
The price of honor is paid for in cold steel! See more »
In the near future, Japan is ruled once more by a monarchy. But, rebels opposed to this rule seek to overthrow the government... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Hideaki Itô ... Takashi
Yumiko Shaku ... Yuki
Shirô Sano ... Kidokoro
Yôichi Numata ... Kuka
Kyûsaku Shimada ... Byakurai
Yôko Chôsokabe ... Soma
Yôko Maki ... Aya
Naomasa Musaka ... Kiri
Yutaka Matsushige ... Anka
Shintarô Sonooka ... Chain Wielder (as Shintarou Sonooka)

Takashi Tsukamoto ... Takashi's Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lowell Bartholomee ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Russell Bartholomee ... Takashi's Friend (voice: English version)

Kimberly Dilts ... Yuki (voice: English version)
Dom Elsnor ... Chain Wielder (voice: English version)
Lyle Faubert ... Anka (voice: English version)
Robert Fisher ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Robert S. Fisher)
Samuel Harlow ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Jessica Hedrick ... Aya (voice: English version)
Joey Hood ... Kiri (voice: English version)
Samantha Inoue Harte ... Additional voices

Grant James ... Kuka (voice: English version)

Judson Jones ... Kidokoro (voice: English version) (as Judson L. Jones)
Jason Martoni ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Ellie McBride ... Soma (voice: English version)
Michael T. Mergen ... Renkyo (voice: English version) (as Michael Mergen)
Russ Roten ... Byakurai (voice: English version) (as Russ Rotan)
Adam Sultan ... Takashi (voice: English version)
Chan Yeuw ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Directed by
Shinsuke Sato 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kazuo Kamimura  comic
Kazuo Koike  comic
Kei Kunii 
Shinsuke Sato 

Produced by
Takashige Ichise .... producer (as Taka Ichise)
Mark Williams .... executive producer (english version)
Original Music by
Kenji Kawai 
Cinematography by
Taro Kawazu 
Film Editing by
Hirohide Abe 
Art Direction by
Tomoyuki Maruo 
Sound Department
Kiyoshi Kakizawa .... sound
Akihiko Okase .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Shinji Higuchi .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Shinji Higuchi .... visual effects
Mike Lambert .... stunts
Gô Ohara .... stunts
Yûji Shimomura .... stunt double: Yumiko Shaku
Kenji Tanigaki .... stunts
Jack Wai-Leung Wong .... stunts (as Jack Wong)
Donnie Yen .... fight choreographer
Hiroyuki Yoshida .... utility stunts
Other crew
Lowell Bartholomee .... voice director

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Also Known As:
"Shura Yukihime" - Japan (original title)
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Rated R for strong violence
92 min | Germany:92 min (Berlin Film Festival) | USA:93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

The statue in the industrial district of the town actually resembles the producer of the movie, not Stalin.See more »
Continuity: When Yuki battles Byakurai in the forest, day in one shot changes to night in the next.See more »
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
I kept hoping for it to end, 17 September 2004
Author: Gpallen from Hell

I registered for IMDb just to comment on this movie.

I just got done sitting through this movie, and the only thing that impressed me, was that I somehow had the will power to not stop it.

I've seen a pretty decent number of action movies and what not, but Princess Blade has some of the worst fights I've ever seen in a movie. Most of the sword fighting involves mindlessly swinging the swords back and fourth and hoping the opponent isn't doing the same. I've seen a good many student films with better action and stronger plots.

So now we have a "futuristic" action movie with poor action, and virtually no sign of the future.

Most of the movie doesn't even have any action and shows the developing relationship with the Princess and the farmboy/terrorist and his disturbed sister. The movie has multiple plot lines, and none of them really pan out to be worth anything.

Part of the problem may have been that I watched the dub, which was quite bad. The entire cast mumbled all their lines so it was hard to follow what was going on. But I got the general idea. (Knowing exactly what was said would not have saved the movie in my eyes)

If you've heard about this being a futuristic action/ninja flick, then you've heard wrong. Thats what I thought it was when I heard about it, and now I've lost 90 minutes of my life. Don't let this happen to you. Steer well clear of it.

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