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The Hidden Blade

Rated R for some violent material.

R In Theaters 06/23/2006 , 131min.
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The New York Times
Though less powerful than Mr. Yamada's "Twilight Samurai" (2002), The Hidden Blade is an affecting portrait of the impact of profound change on people with limited options. Full Review
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
It's a sensitive, slow-moving 19th century samurai drama that will appeal to that tiny cadre of filmgoers who savor the classic Japanese films of Mizoguchi and Inagaki. Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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
Jeannette Catsoulis
The New York Times
Though less powerful than Mr. Yamada's "Twilight Samurai" (2002), The Hidden Blade is an affecting portrait of the impact of profound change on people with limited options. Full Review
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
Yamada's decidedly undazzling yet expressive filmmaking approaches classicism, from a sensei training session captured in one lengthy shot to the final showdown, seen with shifting points of view that suggest a relativist unease with the cut-and-dried judgments of war culture. Full Review

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