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Lady Snowblood (Shurayukihime) Reviews

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October 15, 2017
Lady Snowblood is nothing short of a true masterpiece.
June 28, 2017
Wow. This movie is amazing. The best part of it is the stunning visuals and the use of color throughout the movie. It felt like I was watching a moving painting. The plot is intriguing, the fighting is well choreographed, and the acting was good. You can see very easily how much this movie influenced Kill Bill. Its essentially the same movie with a minor twist in plot. Whether you are a fan of Kill Bill or not, this movie is a must see for martial arts enthusiasts.
½ June 13, 2017
The basis for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill movies, it involves a women born from prison and at the same time trained to seek retribution to the attackers who landed Snowbird's mother in prison in the first place,. Serves as a backdrop to the gore scenes to the minimal plot that is self explanatory.
May 6, 2017
If you're looking for revenge samurai film with some over-the-top blood splatter, "Lady Snowblood" has got you covered, literally.
½ April 5, 2017
Toshiya Fujita can be described as Sergio Corbucci of Japanese cinema. Masterful direction and great vengeance story made tremendous impact on Tarantino's Kill Bill.
January 17, 2017
This was a very interesting revenge movie. Beautiful cinematography and very good musical score.
December 25, 2016
From the writer of some of the Lone Wolf and Cub films comes Lady Snowblood, a violent but beautiful revenge film that would later influence many films, including Kill Bill. It has an almost poetic grace to the violence, and the movie is very interesting in its brutality and artistry. Its definitely a cult film worth viewing if you're into that sort of thing.
November 16, 2016
The cinematography and editing alone make it a classic. Like discovering Lake Victoria, immediately evident that this is the source of a great deal of film inspiration... looking at you Tarantino.
November 8, 2016
good chick flick martial arts actioner but year is wrong here cos part 2 is 1974 how can part 2 be4 part one?!?! year s/b 1973 not 2005
October 30, 2016
As an obvious influence for Kill Bill in both concept and aesthetic, Lady Snowblood has aged very well and remains one of the better revenge thrillers of its era. Told in a non-linear structure (that even sneaks in some historical commentary on Meiji era Japan), the film is elusive even at its most gory. Speaking of which, the film also houses some truly balletic swordplay, in a style that John Woo would incorporate into shoot-em-ups in the next decade. Call it the art house version of I Spit on Your Grave if you will, but it's quite a bit better than that.
October 29, 2016
The original Kill Bill, but not something I need to see twice.
½ October 3, 2016
One of the greatest films in the Asian action/revenge genre. Lady Snowblood is action packed and stylish. Meiko Kaji carries the film with her quiet intensity. The backstory told in flashback is handled deftly in how it's told in more of an emotional sequence than a chronological one. The movie looks cheap at times, with landscapes clearly filmed on sound stages, but it's satisfying overall.
July 29, 2016
Tarrantino's muse for Kill Bill. Samurai revenge films at its best.
July 28, 2016
I expected the precisely choreographed action sequences, but I was pleasantly surprised by Fujita's use of photographic stills at key points in the narrative. This was a feast for the eyes all around.
June 19, 2016
This movie, shot in 1973, makes Kill Bill look like a distant relative.
½ April 21, 2016
Some beautiful stuff for sure, great use of red and white, but the storytelling is pretty lacking. Something more linear would've been better I think. As it stands, it never really builds momentum and there's no real pace.
March 20, 2016
This revenge tale was the primary inspiration for Tarantino's "Kill Bill" films. This movie is violent, but also very stylishly shot. The print looks amazing thanks to a great job restoring it by Criterion Collection. Fans of "Kill Bill" and Tarantino in general must see this movie!
March 13, 2016
Lady Snowblood (1973) ???
Bold (if excessively gory) revenge saga; the major inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's KILL BILL. Young girl is raised to avenge the brutal murder of her mother and father. Stylish, inventively graphic depiction of a good story provides plenty of in-your-face techniques and bravura design. Warning: The rating above is strictly for those with a tolerance for extreme violence and gore.
½ January 22, 2016
Rivers of blood and revenge. Stylistic and beautiful stabbing drama. Visually stunning and somewhat unique built.
January 21, 2016
A beautiful young woman (Meiko Kaji) has been brutally trained from birth to avenge the rape of her mother and the murder of her family. The shifting landscape of early 20th century Japan serves as the backdrop for her blood-soaked quest for vengeance. Derived from the shonen manga by Kazuo Koike and Kazuo Kamimura, Western audiences best know Lady Snowblood for being a core inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill movies. While it's easy to draw parallels between the two projects, Lady Snowblood possesses a visceral poetry of its own. This movie's creative (and copious) amounts of bloodletting undoubtedly place it in the grindhouse, but Meiko Kaji's gritty performance and the artful direction of Toshiya Fujita give Lady Snowblood an abundance of color, atmosphere, and composure to go along with the ultraviolence.
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