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Dragon Princess (1981)

Cast: Sue Shiomi, Sonny Chiba
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Media Syndication, Inc.
Genre: Action, Martial Arts
Running Time: 80 min.
Languages: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Starring martial arts expert Sue Shiomi in the tile role, Dragon Princess centers around a tough princess who enlists the aide of fellow fighting champion Sonny Chiba in hopes of restoring her family name, not to mention her own personal honor. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Sue Shiomi is great, this movie is not by Ralsar April 23, 2004 - 8:44 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The lead actor of this film is Sue Shiomi and not Sonny Chiba. Chiba is barely in the movie. Shiomi carrys this film fine and gives a good performance as a daughter out for vengence. However she is sadly the only thing good in this movie.

The video quality is terribly blurry and there is major cropping of the picture. Seeing the tops of peoples heads is often times a rarity in this film. In one scene a man lays down three photos of men except we can only see two of the photos because the right side of the frame is chopped.

Technical flaws like the above can be overlooked if the plot and/or fight sequences are good. Sadly that is not the case here. The plot is very simple with no twists to speak of. And the action sequences are so blurry and shakey that they just come off as annoying instead of exciting. The fight choreography wasn't bad at all, in fact it was often good. But the jerky style in which they were filmed really ruined them.

I hate to be so overally negative but when a movie has Sonny Chiba and Sue Shiomi name on the cover I expect a lot more than Dragon Princess delivered. I think I better rent Sister Street Fighter to make me feel better :)

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(Average 6.60)
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