The Princess Blade (2001)

Posted in Reviews by - April 24, 2016
The Princess Blade (2001)

Melodramatic, plodding sword film based on a manga with choreography by Donnie Yen. Set in the near future, a young girl – gifted with exceptional fighting skills – vows to avenge the death of her mother, murdered at the hands of a governmental hit squad. The film has strong artistic intentions: the bleak cinematography gives the action a cold aesthetic and gory fight scenes in warehouses and forests make up the best parts of the film. However, the adventure is hampered by an uneasy romantic subplot which seriously slows the pace.

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