The Princess Blade

The Princess Blade
Directed by Shinsuke Sato
Produced by Taka Ichise
Written by Kazuo Koike (manga)
Kazuo Kamimura (manga)
Kei Kunii
Shinsuke Sato
Starring Yumiko Shaku
Hideaki Ito
Yoichi Numata
Kyusaku Shimada
Yōko Maki
Music by Kenji Kawai
Cinematography Taro Kawazu
Edited by Hirohide Abe
Distributed by ADV Films
Release dates
December 15, 2001 (Japan)
August 8, 2003 (U.S.)
Running time
92 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

The Princess Blade (Japanese: 修羅雪姫 Hepburn: Shurayuki-hime, Lady Snowblood) is a 2001 Japanese action film directed by Shinsuke Sato. It is a reimagining of the manga Lady Snowblood by Kazuo Koike and Kazuo Kamimura.


Yuki is the last surviving royal of the House of Takemikazuchi, who live in a futuristic post-apocalyptic isolationist world, where they use their skills as former Mikado guards to become hired assassins. The wise old sage Kuka, who was once Yuki's mother's bodyguard, gives Yuki information that changes her life—and her destiny. She discovers that the criminal Byakurai has a dangerous connection to her.

After learning this information, she chooses to leave the House of Takemikazuchi. She soon encounters Takashi, leader of the rebel movement, who offers Yuki a chance at revenge—and perhaps love. They soon discover similarities, for they are both trying to escape the past to start new lives.


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