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The Princess Blade (2001)

Shurayukihime (original title)
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Raised by assassins, Yuki is the last of the Takemikazuchi royal bloodline. A deadly weapon in her own right, she learns the gruesome truth about the death of her beloved mother and joins forces with a mysterious rebel leader.

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Shinsuke Sato

Writers:

Kazuo Kamimura (comic), Kazuo Koike (comic) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Hideaki Itô ... Takashi
Yumiko Shaku Yumiko Shaku ... Yuki
Shirô Sano ... Kidokoro
Yôichi Numata Yôichi Numata ... Kuka
Kyûsaku Shimada ... Byakurai
Yôko Chôsokabe Yôko Chôsokabe ... Soma
Yôko Maki ... Aya
Naomasa Musaka Naomasa Musaka ... Kiri
Yutaka Matsushige ... Anka
Shintarô Sonooka Shintarô Sonooka ... Chain Wielder (as Shintarou Sonooka)
Takashi Tsukamoto ... Takashi's Friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lowell Bartholomee ... Additional Voices (voice)
Russell Bartholomee Russell Bartholomee ... Takashi's Friend (voice)
Kimberly Dilts ... Yuki (voice)
Dom Elsnor Dom Elsnor ... Chain Wielder (voice)
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Storyline

In the near future, Japan is ruled once more by a monarchy. But, rebels opposed to this rule seek to overthrow the government. The House of Takemikazuchi, a band of assassins is hired by the government to suppress the rebels. As a conspiracy from within signals the shadowy organization's impending demise, Yuki, the last of the Takemikazuchi bloodline befriends one of the rebels and seeks revenge against the group's leader. Written by Anonymous

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To Escape the Past, Is to Sacrifice the Future. See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The statue in the industrial district of the town actually resembles the producer of the movie, not Stalin. See more »

Goofs

During many of Yuki's fight scenes, it is painfully obvious that a male stunt double is used for all the violent hits, slams, falls, and drops. See more »

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Referenced in Movie Friends - Eine Videothek stellt sich vor (2013) See more »

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A passable futuristic swordplay actioner.
15 February 2004 | by zillion29See all my reviews

Apparently, movies of this type are reviewed with unrealistic expectations. They need to be viewed for what they are: action films. You need not expect weighty plot, character development, or over-the-top effects. You need only expect to be entertained and taken to another place for 95 minutes. This movie succeeds in that mission quite adequately.

I'm usually a harsh critic of Japanese filmmaking for it's amateurish look, but this movie proves that even indie films in Asia are approaching the level of fit and finish that we've come to expect from their other manufactured products. I was amazed at how gritty and realistic that the effects were (especially the scene early where Yuki dodges a hail of gunfire). It goes to prove that you don't need Matrix-esque delusions of grandure to pull off good action films.

The film also boasts a very natural look with the requisite forest and lake scenes that would have been a great fit in any RPG. You'll also love the awesome retro decor of Takashi's awesome frontier gas station (shades of Road Warrior came to mind here).

The Matrix comparisons stop at the wardrobe department. Actually, I found myself frequently thinking of Jean-Claude Van Damme's "Cyborg" when watching this movie. The kind of schtick: set up a big political/social frame which you don't even attempt to explain, and then hang all of your subsequent action around it.

It should also be noted that any Japanese movie which doesn't resort to a giant monster/creature/mutation destroying everything as an "ending" should be applauded. No tentacle rapes, vampires, zombies, or psychic powers rear their ugly heads to ruin the day either!!!

All of that said, it's a cool movie that doesn't necessarily break any ground, but certainly doesn't deserve the 2/10 that someone gave it here. The movie doesn't pretend to be anything but a cool movie. I only ask you contrast that mentality with a movie like "Battlefield Earth" which tried to "say something". Think about it. 7/10 Stars.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 December 2001 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Princess Blade See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,618, 10 August 2003

Gross USA:

$77,567

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,567
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GAGA, Oz Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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