The Hidden Blade (2006)



Critic Consensus: A slow and steady samurai flick a la John Ford that brings emotions and psychology to an epic-scale adventure.

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The Hidden Blade concerns Yaichiro, a warrior who must leave his family in the care of two other samurai after he answers a request for his services in another town. Muenezo and Samon do their best to protect the family when they come under attack during Yaichiro's absence. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Rating: R (for some violent material)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Yoshitaka Asama, Yoji Yamada
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 8, 2006
Tartan Films - Official Site

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as Munezo Katagirl

as Hori, the shogun

as Samon Shimada

as Kansai Toda

as Hazama's wife

as Yaichiro Hazama
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Critic Reviews for The Hidden Blade

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (10)

A tenacious survival tale in which passionate lovers are held apart by outmoded traditions. How they overcome obstacles to happiness is what makes the film so dramatically engaging.

Full Review… | July 14, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Yamada's enormously enjoyable The Hidden Blade is a movie that deftly balances the obligations of samurai history with love story.

Full Review… | July 14, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Reminders of feudal Japan are mixed in with a prescient glimpse into the country's future. The samurai will not be part of it, and The Hidden Blade poignantly shows what is lost in the name of progress.

Full Review… | July 7, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

An affecting portrait of the impact of profound change on people with limited options.

July 1, 2006
New York Times
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The Hidden Blade bears more than a passing resemblance in story and form to The Twilight Samurai, but stands on its own as a pleasant, if unremarkable, romance.

June 23, 2006
New York Post
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Both epic and intimate, this impassioned samurai drama is for anyone who's ever watched a movie and muttered, 'They just don't make 'em like they used to.'

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for The Hidden Blade

A long winded love story, to which becomes more enjoyable during the second half. Boredeom set in occasionally which surprised me because I?ve heard such good things about this film.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

fantastic film. winner of 12 japanese academy awards, this one has a great ending. i liked the film even better after a second viewing when i was able to invest more in the story. the second of yamada's samurai trilogy, all 3 are essentially perfect films.

danny d

Super Reviewer

This is an absolutely jaw-dropping brilliant film. This was from the 2005 Berlin International Film festival. And I will tell you at the start 5 Stars and its worth no less. A story of a Samurai, that mixes the traditions of a Samurai, along with the sword action, and Romance for you ladies. All throughout the movie the background scenes are phenomenal Don't shy away from this. One can only hope that Munezo the Samurai (Played by Massatoshi Nagase) will do another movie. Maybe in the Zacochi way, a number of movies, but not TV Series type. Takako Matsu played Kie, who was Munezo Family's house maid, she play the part to the T. If I tell you the details of this movie it would only ruin your watching, Trust me when I say ladies its just not Swordplay and Samurai. You will enjoy the addition of the Life Long Romance, Enough Said, 5 stars.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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