Shura Yukihime (2001, JAP) C-93m. ** D: Shinsuke Sato. Starring Hideaki Ito, Yumiko Shaku, Shirô Sano, Yoichi Numata, Kyusaku Shimada. Manga adaptation about a 20-year-old warrior "princess", who must come to terms with her family's dark history and decide whether she wants to keep being part of or run from underground syndicate which works as an assassination squad for the Japanese monarchy in the year 2500. Highly uneven mixture between action fantasy and low-budget post-apocalyptic drama. The action is good but the story doesn't add up to much. Has very little to do with the 1973 revenge classic. English title: THE PRINCESS BLADE.

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