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The Hidden Blade Reviews

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September 7, 2008
Second installment in Yamada's samurai trilogy. Once again the hero is unlike the super-warriors of the genre, but far more interesting.
July 7, 2007
A character-driven, martial arts adventure more concerned with motivations than karate moves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 1, 2007
Hidden Blade works, then, as that rare, intellectually stirring historical pageant, but also as a deeply emotional, satisfying samurai movie, one of the crown jewels of the genre.
September 28, 2006
a totally immersive experience
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 14, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
July 14, 2006
Yamada's enormously enjoyable The Hidden Blade is a movie that deftly balances the obligations of samurai history with love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 13, 2006
It's a pretty simple tale, but -- true to his Western influences -- Yamada slows down the action and stretches it out to a prize-winning length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 13, 2006
... the restrained drama both punctures the mythic ideal of the samurai culture and spins a romantic portrait of one man who values principle over protocol...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 8, 2006
This is a film buff's movie but also has strong appeal to those who just want to be told a darn good story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 7, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
July 3, 2006
Yamada's film is old-fashioned in the very best sense. He is a great story teller and director of actors.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 1, 2006
An affecting portrait of the impact of profound change on people with limited options.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 24, 2006
Good, but a bit of a snorer.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 23, 2006
Casually paced and filled with telling detail, Yamada's delicate drama with swordplay (there's not much, but what there is packs an emotional wallop) transcends its specific setting in its depiction of Katagiri's internal struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 23, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 23, 2006
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.'
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 23, 2006
Yoji Yamada redefines the words 'cinematic perfection' with a film that looks and feels like a true classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
June 22, 2006
[R]eminded me of one of [John] Ford's more elegiac Westerns
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
June 22, 2006
While Yamada essentially repeats himself structurally, he finds fresh ironies in the story of how a culture built on tradition gets corrupted by technology and years of inaction.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 21, 2006
The Hidden Blade is tranquil, touching, and, in its climactic sword fight, excitingly real.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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