The Princess Blade (2003)

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The heiress to the leadership of a clan of wandering assassins discovers that they were responsible for the death of her mother and cliches ensue.

Based on a comic book, The Princess Blade is yet another in a long line of modern day samurai movies involving a bunch of MTV style sword waving, slow motion high kicks and pirouetting stuntmen, punctuated by deathly dull melodrama as two people of violence “learn to love”. The fight scenes are adequately handled and the pretty cast nice to look at, but the hackneyed plot consisting of a constant trickle of dreary dialogue spouted by two dimensional characters means it’s extremely difficult to care what happens to any of them.

Safe to say that the girl gets her revenge, the villain gets a good stabbing in the end and I wish I’d spent the previous hour and a half watching Azumi or Ichi instead.

4/10

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