The Princess Blade

2001, Movie, R, 92 mins

The Princess Blade
A desolate fairy tale that transposes the conventions of traditional Japanese "chambara" (feudal swordplay) narratives to a futuristic setting. The Takemikazuchi, a hereditary clan of imperial guards left stateless after the overthrow of their emperor, are employed by the fascist government of an unnamed, desolate nation to keep peace through violence. The country, once devastated by some distant apocalypse, is populated by ordinary citizens leading lives of quiet desperation and rebel groups trying to overthrow their oppressive leaders. The mercenary Takemikazuchi, led by Byakurai (Kyusaku Shimada), include the last surviving member of the clan's bloodline, unsmili...
Released: 2001 Rated: R Length: 92 mins

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