Lady Snowblood 2 - Love Song of Vengeance (Shura-yuki-hime: Urami Renga) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Lady Snowblood 2 - Love Song of Vengeance (Shura-yuki-hime: Urami Renga) Reviews

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November 18, 2016
A rather mediocre continuation of the saga, which must have read much better as a script than it plays as a film.
November 15, 2016
good sequel another lost review
½ October 3, 2016
This obligatory sequel is commendable in that it doesn't retread the same ground as the first one and isn't insulting to the audience's intelligence, but it doesn't have the narrative drive of the original.
September 13, 2016
Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974) C-89) [2 stars] D: Toshiya Fujita. Meiko Kaji, Jûzô Itami, Kazuko Yoshiyuki. Dreary sequel with Kaji hunting corrupt policies and politics in early 20th century. Ugly, mean, and subdued; not as entertaining as original. Extremely graphic.
March 20, 2016
This sequel isn't as good as the first film, but fans of the genre will enjoy it well enough. There is some stylish cinematography in the film as well, to go along with its tale of revenge. This one is for fans of the genre only.
½ January 27, 2016
Lady Snowblood (Meiko Kaji) is on the run from the law because of all those murders she committed in the previous film. The head of Japan's secret police uses such a vulnerable position to coerce Lady Snowblood into spying on an anarchist ringleader; it doesn't take a genius to guess that this leads to more sword-fighting, screaming, and gore. Toshiya Fujita returns to the director's chair and he brings the taut pace, stylized violence, and interesting visual flourishes that he adorned the first film with. Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance isn't quite as successful as its predecessor, but it's still a cut above the typical martial arts movie and fans of the genre will be happy that they tracked it down.
April 3, 2015
Weird "sequel". Visually striking
February 22, 2014
This time she is out to take down a corrupt government and predictably lots guts, sliced eyeballs and blood will be spilled.
½ January 20, 2014
Many people don't seem to like this sequel because it is more talkative than its predecessor, since it is more grounded in storytelling than it is in bloody swordplay. In all honesty, I like this sequel more than its predecessor because I liked the story a lot more and I enjoyed its political slant on the time period. I found it to be a very engaging film regarding dirty politics. Still, this is a Lady Snowblood flick, so that's not to say that there isn't some bloody sword violence thrown into the mix. I had a blast with this sequel and I think it is quite underrated.
March 1, 2013
Probablement à la base une tentative assez cheap de capitaliser sur le succès du premier film. Ceci étant dit, cette suite n'est vraiment pas dénuée de mérites. La réalisation est aussi bonne que dans le premier film et je dirais même qu'elle se raffine. L'histoire à tendance politique laisse cependant un peu à désirer et pour une bonne partie du film l'action ne tourne pas autour de la protagoniste.

Le principal problème demeure au niveau des combats. Ils sont très mal orchestrés et c'est plus qu'évident que l'actrice n'a pas de formation en arts martiaux. Ça m'a fait un peu décrocher. Mais dans l'ensemble c'est un bon divertissement, bien que pas mémorable.
December 2, 2012
"Love Song Of Vengeance" is a disappointment from the predecessor, as it could have easily worked with a completely different character from the first film. There are some great setpieces however, like the opening walking shot and the final showdown at the temple. Even if you don't think the second film was that good, you'll still be wanting more...
Super Reviewer
August 22, 2012
Made one year after the first "Lady Snowblood" film, this sequel features the return of actress Meiko Kaji and director Toshiya Fujita, making it no surprise that it is very much of the same spirit as its predecessor. "Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance" chronicles the continuing adventures of its famed heroine in predictable but reliable pulp serial fashion: by bringing back many of the originalâ(TM)s winning elements and presenting them through a new yet familiar storyline. The film catches up to Kajiâ(TM)s Yuki a few years after her initial quest for revenge ended. In keeping with the first filmâ(TM)s historical situation, Yuki is still an embodiment of a more traditional time who finds herself even more at odds with the new, Meiji-era Japan of capitalism and modernity (and in this film, the fresh victor of the Russo-Japanese war) than ever before. She is captured by the police and sentenced to death for her crimes before being rescued by Kikui, a devious government agent who sends her to obtain an important document from an anarchist leader named Ransui. However, the anarchist threat turns out to be a fabrication constructed by the government to justify their unjust, oppressive rule, leading Yuki to switch sides and confront Kikui.

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 â" which was most likely the filmmakersâ(TM) main objective anyways.

Smoothly reprising her classic role, Meiko Kaji is easily one of the filmâ(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 isnâ(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 Toshirô 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 âmore of the same.â? For those who cannot get enough of Kajiâ(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, itâ(TM)s best to enjoy a good thing simply for what it is.
July 8, 2012
Edeltäjäänsä heikompi esitys.
December 11, 2011
It was good, not as good as the first though.
August 21, 2011
Sadly falls apart throughout and has to little focus for a huge amount of plot. Some of the originals mood is present but all in all the sequel doesn't live up to its predecessor.
Keiko A. --Samurai--
Super Reviewer
July 19, 2011
Kill Bill was no doubt based on the first, But i stort of liked this more (And oh yes don't forget Sex and Fury another pink film made here).

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!
½ July 7, 2011
Not as good as the first but still awesome
½ June 26, 2011
Fresh from her spree of revenge killings in the first movie, Yuki returns in a second Lady Snowblood movie from director Toshiya Fujita. The movie retains the style of the first and the story is unpredictable with some twists. There is considerable action at the beginning and end, but there are long stretches that focus primarily on an anarchist, with an ailing wife, who has in his possession a letter from a murdered rebel that the Secret Police would like to get their hands on. Yuki is sent on a mission to take back the letter. Meiko Kaji as always is rather impressive as Yuki.

I enjoyed Love Song of Vengeance. It's perhaps not as good a movie as its predecessor, but it's well-made and worth watching if you enjoyed Lady Snowblood's exploits the first time around.
½ May 28, 2011
This sequel is no longer about revenge, which is the reason why the story is weaker compared to the pure revenge bloodshed in the first one. However, it's still pretty damn entertaining. This film is recommended only for the fans of 70's Japanese B Movies.
Super Reviewer
½ May 12, 2011
An ambitious plot that doesn't go very far. Kaji barely has something to do, or say, aside from dispatching the bad guys when the time demands it. The socio-political commentary is interesting at first, but everything boils down to the usual "kill the bad guys and everything will get fixed" angle. Not bad, but there's no rush to see this one.
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