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The Hidden Blade Reviews

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 1, 2006
An affecting portrait of the impact of profound change on people with limited options.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
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.
| Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 20, 2006
From the beginning Yamada's movie, made in 2004, looks and feels more like a John Ford western than any other Asian film I've ever seen.