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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.
½ January 12, 2016
She doesn't ever crack a smile. Hate rests in her wide onyx eyes, her body language speaking in tongues that suggest she'll cut your heart out if you come so far as interrupting a thought. Don't make judgment regarding her personality based on her opaque skin, her childlike innocence, her soft manner of dress; be fooled by the way she presents herself and you'll come to regret it, becoming another victim in her path of bloody revenge. She was born to seek vengeance, and if her mission is obstructed by Buddha himself, she'll kill him too. It is mercy, compassion, and forgiveness she lacks, not rationality.
I am, of course, speaking of "Lady Snowblood's" eponymous heroine, who goes by the name of Yuki and who doesn't much care if you're bothered by her unrelenting ability to slice and maim the villains that confront her on a regular basis. Played by the ravishing Meiko Kaji, a great beauty whose porcelain features make her even more interesting of a revenge connoisseur, Yuki is a forgotten action heroine who rivals the likes of Foxy Brown, Beatrix Kiddo, and Black Widow, selling a character that most would have trouble conveying seriously.
By now, "Lady Snowblood" has gained traction in the film community due to its huge impact on Quentin Tarantino's flawless "Kill Bill" duet, and, more recently, because of its Criterion Collection revamping, which will hopefully give it a notoriety more widespread than the cultish infamy it has treaded through for forty-some years. A hidden masterpiece it is - not an exploitative "girl with a weapon" movie a la "They Call Her One Eye" or "I Spit On Your Grave," it is a work of severed limb surrounded poetry, defeating its budgetary limitations through extraordinary camerawork and artistically wondrous direction from Toshiya Fujita. Its scenery is breathtaking, its violence high-wired and strangely kinetic; with little, it diffuses irresistible celluloid wizardry.
Though I wish it were slightly more grandiose in its scenes of violence (which make the film fresh again after some goings are rough), "Lady Snowblood's" story is more attentive than we'd expect with material like this - set in the late 1800s, it follows the unequalled Yuki as she begins her years-in-the-making revenge quest. Through flashback, we discover that her mother (Miyoko Akaza), along with her husband and son, were attacked by a gang of vicious criminals before her birth, her mother the only survivor.
At first, the latter attempts to find vengeance herself, but is instead caught and imprisoned. Knowing that she will never be able to escape the confines of her cell, she intentionally gets herself pregnant so that the baby born will exist purely to avenge the sins done to her family. Two decades later, the baby grows up to be Yuki, who never experienced a childhood and who has never known anything besides bloodlust. With the four individuals responsible for her family's ruin still living life as though nothing has changed, she is determined to off them cruelly and efficiently - we can only wonder what her life's purpose will be once her mission is completed and the thirst of revenge is quenched.
As it is an above-average B-movie, I'll be the first to admit that "Lady Snowblood" has a few story-based issues, whether they be because of the decision to put more attention upon watery drama than fight scenes, or the way the mini-revenges themselves are not always as gratifying as we'd like them to be. But complaints should not abound in a film without the financial capabilities in Tarantino's pocket - considering what and whom it as, "Lady Snowblood" is a minor masterpiece in the revenge genre, expertly filmed and featuring visuals bold enough to kick you in the crotch. Kaji gives a masterful performance, understated to unnerving ends, and Fujita's direction feels grand even when certain components refuse to be. There isn't anything quite like "Lady Snowblood," and fingers are crossed that it goes from perpetual underdog to "Death Wish" overthrower. It's something special not to be missed.
January 1, 2016
If you enjoy Kill Bill style vengence films, this is a treat. Apparently Quinten drew inspiration from this and it shows. Great story and cinematography really draw you in with this movie.
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