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If Kurosawa was alive today...,
This review is from: Princess Blade [DVD]  (DVD)
...then he might be making films like this.
Set 500 years in the future, a group of assassins live and die by the sword. Princess Yuki is one of them and is about to find out a dark secret within the clan. I won't say to much about the plot as i hate it when people tell you every detail, but i will say that it is definitely worth a look.
The action is choreographed by Donnie Yen (legend) and is carried out by the actors with distinctive style and deliverance. I have to say that i was not so keen on the action at first but the more times you watch it, the more it grows on you. There is some seriously cool usage of special effects and while you are told it is set in the future it is merely hinted at which pays off very well.
The Directors use of nature and pale tones also add to a beautiful and interesting world that we are shown. Further adding to the reflective beauty is the music by Kengi Kawa (excuse my spelling) who also did the soundtracks to "ring" and "ghost in the shell".
As I said previously it deals with subject matters familiar to those of Akira Kurosawa. Perhaps this is said too much but is very true and because of this i recommend it to anyone with those tastes.
The DVD itself is quite lacking though the sound and picture transfer are clear and in places very sharp. Filmographies, some interesting film notes by Mark Wyatt and a trailer are the only extras included.
I give the film a four but seeing that I am also reviewing the product it has to be a three due to the lack of extra features.