The Princess Blade

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The Princess Blade
Directed byShinsuke Sato
Produced byTaka Ichise
Written byKazuo Koike (manga)
Kazuo Kamimura (manga)
Kei Kunii
Shinsuke Sato
StarringYumiko Shaku
Hideaki Ito
Yoichi Numata
Kyūsaku Shimada
Yōko Maki
Music byKenji Kawai
CinematographyTaro Kawazu
Edited byHirohide Abe
Distributed byADV Films
Release date
December 15, 2001 (Japan)
August 8, 2003 (U.S.)
Running time
92 minutes

The Princess Blade (Japanese: 修羅雪姫, Hepburn: Shurayuki-hime, Lady Snowblood) is a 2001 Japanese action film directed by Shinsuke Sato. It is a reimagining of the manga Lady Snowblood by Kazuo Koike and Kazuo Kamimura.


Yuki is the last surviving royal of the House of Takemikazuchi, who live in a futuristic post-apocalyptic isolationist world, where they use their skills as former Mikado guards to become hired assassins. The wise old sage Kuka, who was once Yuki's mother's bodyguard, gives Yuki information that changes her life—and her destiny. She discovers that the criminal Byakurai has a dangerous connection to her.

After learning this information, she chooses to leave the House of Takemikazuchi. She soon encounters Takashi, leader of the rebel movement, who offers Yuki a chance at revenge—and perhaps love. They soon discover similarities, for they are both trying to escape the past to start new lives.


External links[edit]

  • The Princess Blade on IMDb
  • "The Princess Blade". Rotten Tomatoes.
  • The Princess Blade at the Japanese Movie Database (in Japanese)