Lady Snowblood 2 - Love Song of Vengeance (Shura-yuki-hime: Urami Renga) Reviews
As the above synopsis illustrates, the central subject of the plot is not revenge, as one would originally expect, but politics. "Love Song" maintains the high level of attention to history seen in the first film, taking advantage of the rich story material provided by the period to create a well written, well thought-out Lady Snowblood tale. Yet amid the admirably built plotline, the film remains true to its exploitation roots and gives plenty of what the audience came for. Gore is offered up through plenty of creative methods and topped off with gallons of red paint that does not look too much like real blood but turns up bright and vibrant onscreen ‚" which was most likely the filmmakers‚(TM) main objective anyways.
Smoothly reprising her classic role, Meiko Kaji is easily one of the film‚(TM)s key delights. She is constantly fascinating to watch, whether she is calmly disposing of several enemies at once (viewers are treated to not one, but two "Oldboy"-esque sequences in which Yuki hacks through a small army in a single shot) or regarding her prey with her unforgettable fierce glare. The performance she gives isn‚(TM)t of the virtuoso, Oscar-snatching variety, but instead of the kind that happens when a part fits an actor like a glove. There is no denying that she is to Yuki as Toshir√ī Mifune is to his own badass warrior Sanjuro. She owns her character so completely and thoroughly that it would be simply impossible to imagine anyone else in the same part.
The best phrase to compare "Love Song" with the first "Lady Snowblood" would probably be ‚more of the same.‚? For those who cannot get enough of Kaji‚(TM)s iconic character or her stealthy, swordplay-laden, artery-severing adventures, this is right up your alley and will certainly deliver the goods. But for those looking for a radically different approach or style to these blood-spattered antics, I would not set my expectations too high if I were you. Often, as in this case, it‚(TM)s best to enjoy a good thing simply for what it is.
Though i stort of liked this one's narration more and the rate the story went.
Still everything is perfect and a big thumbs up for the soundtrack!
Love Song of Vengeance is different than its predecessor as its focus is more on politics then revenge. This film contains the requisite amount of spurting blood, severed limbs, and eye-gouging are present only the violence in Love Song of Vengeance is more realistic then the comic book style violence in Lady Snowblood. To bad this series was cut short it would have been interesting to see how the character Lady Snowblood would have evolved film to film. As a sequel Love Song of Vengeance is a good enough film to stand on its own. Meiko Kaji returns as Lady Snowblood and she is as powerful as she was in the fist film. Love Song of Vengeance is the conclusion to the Lady Snowblood saga that takes place in the Meiji restoration, a period in the history of Japan that in many ways helped usher in ?modern? Japan. The end of Meiji restoration also brought the end of old Samurai class system.
A good sequel. Well worth checking out
The initial premise for the film being "So you've spent your entire life building up to the moment where you kill the ultimate person who wronged you, and succeed...now what?" is a story that is extremely interesting and not one tackled often, or maybe ever.
Unfortunetly when she does find something to do and the plot twists away, she almost becomes secondary to the 3 main male characters, almost as if she it just there to guide the viewer through. But she comes into full force at the end.
What's also interesting is that they place a historical context on the film, which leads to a political story, which ends up being more drama and thriller than action.
It's not that the film itself could have been better, it's just that they maybe shouldn't have made it a Lady Snowblood film, being at one would hope for an all-out slice fest for a sequel and not a agreeably well made historical drama, which flares of action, and some visual reminders, in theme and style, of the last film.
Not quite as good as the first Lady Snowblood, but this was still a fun and violently entertaining film.
[color=#ff6600][font=Arial][b][color=black][b]Born in prison, Yuki, a child of the netherworld, is born for one purpose which is to exact revenge against the three people who beat her mother and killed her father and brother. The movie is broken down into chapters and the story is told while cutting back and forth between flashbacks of the past and the present and slowly, but surely, we learn Yuki?s story.[/b][/color][/b][/font][/color]
[color=#ff6600][font=Arial][b][color=black][b]From the plotline to the well choreographed fight scenes to that wonderfully campy blood spray to the theme of the story, they just don?t make enough movies like this, or of this quality, anymore.[/b][/color][/b][/font][/color]
[color=#ff6600][font=Arial][b][color=black][b]I rate this movie a 9 out of 10. The only thing stopping me from going to 10 is that there wasn?t a lot of kung fu action in the movie and I thought that was a little disappointing. I highly recommend this movie to anyone.[/b][/color][/b][/font][/color]
It's June of 1873, a turbulent time for Japan. The government has imposed mandatory enlistment and the peasants are on the verge of revolt. Some have chosen to exploit the peasants for the favors of the powerful. A band of these self-interested, amoral thugs kills a young man and repeatedly rapes his wife. Later, while the wife is wrongfully imprisoned, she gives birth to the girl that will be raised by a priest solely to avenge her parent's misfortune.
Yuki is the emo-child who avenges the four members of the band in separate chapters, an inspiration for Tarantino's Kill Bill. In between the rather good female-hero-based martial arts fights (marred by insane spouts of blood) we are treated to screeching flash-backs that provide Yuki's motive. Plot "bends" are generated by crossing paths with the band's offspring, but the plot always recovers to maintain it's predictable and violent course.
A plus as it is rare to enjoy a good kick-ass female martial artists, but the screeching of the women is worse that finger nails dragging on a chalkboard.
[b]The Longest Yard[/b] - Heh. This was actually pretty darn funny.
[b]Murder Set Pieces[/b] - I can't believe studio heads give these people money. I mean, [i]really[/i].
[b]Lady Snowblood[/b] - Hell yeah. I just wish the action wouldn't have slowed down in the last third, but this is still a very solid flick. Kill Bill should pay it more respect.
[b]Richard Pryor - Here and Now[/b] - *ahem*
*attempts best Pryor immitation*
Now this here, is some funny shit!
[b]The Thin Red Line[/b] - This powerful anti-war film was unjustly overshadowed by the more action-based [i]Saving Private Ryan[/i] of the same time and war. However, the differences between the two are huge. [i]The Thin Red Line[/i] makes us feel greatly and deeply for our soldiers caught up in a war and lost in heart. It's as though none can quite comprehend why this great evil called war is so "necessary," for aren't we all humans, are we not all innately good? What causes this evil? A slow and moving film, this should not be missed.
[b]Decasia: The State of Decay[/b] - Quite possibly one of the most amazing films I've ever seen. In the opening twenty minutes or so, I saw little other than some shockingly beautiful yet utterly dry decayed film, and then comes up a storm. The circular motion of what many of the clips had clued me in that this film was so much more than what I had initially thought, so I turned on my brain and continued to watch in a trance-like state. This film ultimately speaks of the circular motion of creation and decay---from creation only comes decay and destruction, and from destruction comes creation---all without uttering a single word. A masterpiece, plain and simple.
[b]Lady Snowblood[/b] - Stylish and cool, I think this movie was a bit too much for me. It's constant use of handheld cameras bothered me and its dull cinematography bored me, but that qualm aside, this is a really fun samurai flick. Bloody and ultra-violent, a Kill Bill fan wouldn't be lost.
[b]28 Days Later[/b] - This film instantelly captivated me. The use of a DV camera makes for a shocking sense of realism and its fast-paced visuals get the viewer's heart apounding. The acting is surprisingly good for a zombie movie (I know, not technically zombies) as it is coming from Cillian Murphy, one of the coolest actors around today. Then comes the soundtrack---the use of Godspeed You Black Emperor is thrilling and gives the film a whole new depth to it. A very entertaining and heart-pounding movie.