The Princess Blade
2003
When Japanese mercenary assassin Yuki learns that her group's leader murdered her mother long ago, she vows to settle the score -- with a little help from an underground rebel named Takashi.

Scott Hardie: “It sucked.”

There’s some exciting action cinematography here, peaking very early when a character dodges bullets in mid-air while they deflect off her sword and hit the camera. But that same overboard implausibility sinks the film like a boulder: The two main characters, a cold-blooded assassin and an anti-government terrorist, have the physiques of a ninth-grade schoolgirl and a waifish runway model, respectively. Except for the two well-played villains, I doubt that anyone in the film could kill a bug. The action scenes have potential, but rarely do the actors perform multiple moves in the same shot: It’s all punch-cut-kick-cut-jump-cut-swing-cut-jab-cut. Too bad.

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