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princess blade *spoilers*
Topic by: snafu
Posted: August 18, 2003 - 1:06 PM PDT
Last Reply: September 5, 2003 - 1:36 PM PDT

author topic: princess blade *spoilers*
snafu
post #1  on August 18, 2003 - 1:06 PM PDT  
Princess Blade is what you get when you want to make a movie look exactly like an anime. There's the fat guy with a chain weapon, the bad evil guy with a mole, the old servant who serves no purpose other than to die after telling the princess about the secret of her parents death, basically every cliche that you could think of. You think tiny japanese girl, sword, blood it's going to be good right ? no guess again. It does however have some cool action scenes but that's about the only saving grace it has. The NYT says much better than I.

On the other hand So Close looks much more interesting.
markhl
post #2  on August 21, 2003 - 1:54 PM PDT  
I'm with snafu on this one. The anime style in an actual film (live action or whatever you want to call it) almost never works well. Even expecting some B-movie-caliber stuff, other than a few moments of OOO-worthy fighting moves, there wasn't much to Princess Blade. I was wondering a while at the time why it was included into the film festival movie list...
snafu
post #3  on August 25, 2003 - 3:53 PM PDT  
I am curious to know have you ever seen it work well ?
I don't think I've ever seen a movie try to be anime like and have it work.

> On August 21, 2003 - 1:54 PM PDT markhl wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'm with snafu on this one. The anime style in an actual film (live action or whatever you want to call it) almost never works well. Even expecting some B-movie-caliber stuff, other than a few moments of OOO-worthy fighting moves, there wasn't much to Princess Blade. I was wondering a while at the time why it was included into the film festival movie list...
> ---------------------------------

dpowers
post #4  on August 25, 2003 - 6:15 PM PDT  
princess blade was dull. pun, ick, but, both ways, it works. however i should say the recent uh let's call it "trance action," like, this, and brotherhood of the wolf and some others, it doesn't work for me, the same way slasher pictures with action movie high key lighting and action movie snappy comebacks don't feel quite right.

not like i expect everything as it was to still be, but i think to dry out a horror movie makes it brittle and shortens its life (raise your hand, who's sick of scream?), and wetting down an action movie makes it maybe too heavy to move. too heavy, unless you're going to shift the focus from the adventure to the people, like crouching tiger or any john woo or chang cheh's stuff, which princess blade didn't do very well, i think.

however, trying to match up with anime, uzumaki does well, and so did the lone wolf & cub movies, i think.
markhl
post #5  on August 25, 2003 - 9:19 PM PDT  
> On August 25, 2003 - 3:53 PM PDT snafu wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I am curious to know have you ever seen it work well ?
> I don't think I've ever seen a movie try to be anime like and have it work.


Well, for one, you have to lower expectations and get into that B-movie mood to start out I think. Princess Blade was a few notches even below then which is why I'm so negative about it. I have yet to cross any that I thought was good enough pay even a rental fee to watch (free fan-subs don't count), even being an anime fan but dpowers suggestion has just entered my queue (but it may take quite a while before working its way up I think - it may become an queue lost child)
JBellows
post #6  on August 27, 2003 - 11:26 AM PDT  
Anybody know where So Close will be playing?

BTW, is it me or is the official flash site really clunky?
cedrickstanton
post #7  on August 27, 2003 - 2:06 PM PDT  
I don't know if the anime look in a movie never works. I enjoyed "Volcano High", although I'd hesitate to call it a good movie. I certainly found it visually appealing, and I had fun watching it. The outrageous outfits and colorful hair styles totally worked for me.

Now, there's an important difference between having a movie LOOK like an anime, and gratuitous overuse of cliches. One is just a visual style that people will either like or dislike, and the other's a symptom of bad writing (ie : the old servant who serves no purpose other than to die after telling the princess about the secret of her parents death).

--Cedrick
chester
post #8  on September 4, 2003 - 2:01 PM PDT  
> On August 25, 2003 - 6:15 PM PDT dpowers wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> "trance action," like, this, and brotherhood of the wolf and some others, it doesn't work for me,
> ---------------------------------

I soooo wanted to like Brotherhood of the Wolf, but was extremely disappointed. I did enjoy Dog Soldiers, though...
dpowers
post #9  on September 5, 2003 - 1:36 PM PDT  
dog soldiers, yeah that's somewhere in my queue already.

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