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Princess Blade

Japan 2001
produced by
Taka Ichise for Oz Co.
directed by Shinsuke Sato
starring Yumiko Shaku, Hideaki Ito, Shiro Sano, Yoichi Numata, Kyusaku Shimada, Yoko Chosokabe, Yoko Maki, Naomasa Musaka, Yutaka Matsushige, Shintarou Sonooka, Takashi Tsukamoto
screenplay by Shinsuke Sato, Kei Kunii, based on the manga by Kazuo Koike (writer), Kazuo Kamimura (artist), music by Kenji Kawai, action choreography by Donnie Yen

Lady Snowblood

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Sometime in the future, maybe an alternate future: For 500 years the country (we never learn which country) has been in isolation, but now it resembles more a wasteland than anything else. When the emperor was dethroned his guards have been disbanded, and since they have ganged up again and become killer-for-hire organisations, like the Takemikazuchi.

Yuki (Yumiko Shaku) is the most cold-blooded of the Takemikazuchi, she doesn't even refrain from killing her colleagues should they have betrayed the organisation ... but then she meets an old man, Kuka (Yoichi Numata), who tells her the truth about her mother, that she was actually killed by the leader of the Takemikazuchi, Byakurai (Kyusaku Shimada) because she wanted to disband the organisation ... and suddenly Yuki finds herself on the run from her own organisation, and only narrowly escapes thanks to the help of Takashi (Hideaki Ito), who on the outside seems to be little more than the owner of a gas station out in the middle of nowhere, but actually he's a revolutionary ... only Kidokoro (Shiro Sano), his superior, has turned the revolution into pure terrorism, and now Takashi wants out and only care for his sister Aya (Yoko Maki) after she saw her parents killed when she was a child ...

Anyways, after Yuki has spent the night at Takashi's place, she returns to face the Takemikazuchi and kills a great many of them, but is also seriously wounded and makes another narrow escape, back to Takashi's place.

Takashi nurses her back to health, and the two start to like each other. Yuki seems to give Takashi back his happiness, and she herself feels emotions with him the very first time. Soon enough, they decide to leave their past behind and leave the country together for good. But of course before they can do that, their past catches up with them: Yuki has to fight and slash her way through virtually the entire Takemikazuchi, including Byakurai, who almost seems to powerful for her. But after she has made the Takemikazuchi history for good, she returns to Takashi's place only to find him and his sister shot dead by Kidokoro.

Based on the same manga as the Lady Snowblood movies from the 1970's and sharing quite a bit of plot with them, the film couldn't be more different in everything else: In style, Princess Blade is almost melancholic, in tone it's dead serious, it lacks the colourful tableaus of the earlier films, and instead of being a period piece it is set in a netherworld between now and the far future.

So instead of being a remake of the earlier movies, the film has much to go for in its own right: True, it might lack decent characterisations (all the characters are two-dimensional at best and their backstories are little more than tried-and-true clichés) and its story isn't all that original let alone inventive, but an elegant yet gritty directiong job and perfectly staged action scenes (mostly awe-inspiring swordsplay) courtesey of Donnie Yen easily make up for that, accompanied by expert pacing that even allows aprupt changes of tempo every now and again.

All that said, the film might not be a masterpiece, it has its ramifications, but it is nothing short of great entertainment.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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