Lady Snowblood (Shurayukihime)

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A woman seeks the revenge that was her birthright in this action thriller from Japan. A gang of ruthless thieves break into the home of a rural couple, and after taking their valuables, they murder the husband and rape the wife once they've beaten her senseless. When the ravaged wife tracks down one of the thieves and attacks him, she is arrested by police; she was left pregnant by the rape, and gives birth to a daughter months later, dying shortly after delivery. The daughter, Yuki (Meiko Kaji), is raised by a priest who teaches her how to use a sword and trains her to show no mercy to the men who brutalized her family. When she turns 20, Yuki sets out to seek revenge, looking beautiful and tranquil on the outside but possessing a powerful taste for vengeance against those who wronged her and her mother. Lady Snowblood was written by Kazuo Koike, who also scripted several of the most memorable films in the Lone Wolf and Cub series. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Lady Snowblood (Shurayukihime)

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  • Lady Snowblood only half-heartedly revels in its heroine's bloody revenge, while focusing just as much on the tragedy of her circumstances and the absurdity of her vengeful fate.

    Sep 25, 2012
  • A violent cult film that maintains in its undercurrent a sly humor and a feeling that this is a special revenge film.

    Oct 24, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • a film of rich texture and beauty that combines all manner of gonzo artistry from both stage and screen

    Jan 19, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Snowblood's violence is almost balletic.

    Jan 12, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Blood sprays, limbs fall, bodies are chopped in half -- business as usual in this moderately diverting feudal Japanese revenge story, enlivened by peculiar plot twists and offbeat cinematic flourishes that greatly influenced Quentin Tarantino.

    Mar 28, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Mandatory viewing for all KILL BILL fans. Meiko Kaji is a heartstopping beauty with big, expressive eyes that are suitably haunted-looking for the character she portrays.

    Feb 21, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lady Snowblood (Shurayukihime)

  • Jul 19, 2011
    Films like I Spit on your Grave don't even come close to these revenge flicks made here. What can i say? Great acting (Or even BETTER!) cool action story with pleanty of gore and violence. Fucking awesome soundtrack. Nice costumes and themes...ECT. Though i liked the second more.
    Keiko A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2011
    There will never be such a beautiful, badass, stylishly looking, cold-blooded and fatal assassin like Meiko Kaji, nor will ever be a more original revenge story with a lady whose color kimonos attract even the eyes of the characters and whose sword concealed in her now iconic umbrella that establishes new pulp boundaries. This is the definitive twist genre even among the most hardcore samurai-movie fans of the time. I rest my case. 98/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2009
    A classic Japanese film that is a clear basis and gigantic inspiriation for Quentin Tarantino`s Kill Bill. ``Lady Snowblood`` does have it`s differences, but theres no doubt that this is a really good story about revenge. It`s a great movie and it gets a high recommendation from me!
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2008
    Really Damn cool. Tarantino basically stole everything from this film put Uma Thurman in it and called it Kill Bill.
    Marion R Super Reviewer

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