Sunday, December 30, 2012
YEAR 2001: PRINCESS YUKI
THE PRINCESS BLADE was a one-shot take on the 1970s manga-series LADY SNOWBLOOD, albeit transplanted to a vague post-apocalyptic environment.
Princess Yuki is the number-one swordswoman of a clan of assassins that serves an oppressive future government. In contrast to SNOWBLOOD she isn't initially motivated to avenge her mother's mother, but takes arms against the tyrants belatedly after she learns that they were responsible for said murder.
In contrast to SNOWBLOOD the movie doesn't attempt to evoke the poetic contrasts of the cold-hearted but warm-bodied assassin. But the swordplay choreography by Donnie Yen is better than average.