The Hidden Blade Synopsis
A samurai (Masatoshi Nagase) must hunt down and kill an old friend.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Enormously enjoyable.
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88

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Casually paced and filled with telling detail, Yamada's delicate drama with swordplay (there's not much, but what there is packs an...
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83

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
The restrained drama both punctures the mythic ideal of the samurai culture (trained as fighters, they mostly serve as clan bureaucrats) and...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Hidden Blade is tranquil, touching, and, in its climactic sword fight, excitingly real.
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80

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
Yamada's decidedly undazzling yet expressive filmmaking approaches classicism, from a sensei training session captured in one lengthy shot...
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Deeply affecting, "Blade'' portrays an oddly elegant way of life that will soon be like the era in that other movie, "Gone With the Wind."
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70

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
It's a sensitive, slow-moving 19th century samurai drama that will appeal to that tiny cadre of filmgoers who savor the classic Japanese...
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70

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...
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63

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Bears more than a passing resemblance in story and form to "The Twilight Samurai," but stands on its own as a pleasant, if unremarkable,...
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Rated NR | For Some Violent Material