Movies that are slightly off.
Yuki's family is nearly wiped out before she is born due to the machinations of a band of criminals. These criminals kidnap and brutalize her mother but leave her alive. Later her mother ends up in prison with only revenge to keep her alive. She creates an instrument for this revenge by purposefully getting pregnant. Yuki never knows the love of a family but only killing and revenge.
i think it can be said with some degree of certainty that this film contains the single greatest sword slice in cinematic history (you know the one... with the hanging body... i giggled like Harry Knowles, and then i moved to a monastery in order to repent for 7 years, and now i'm back with a vengeance).
it's a shame how the grindhouse product churned through '60s and '70s Japan displayed a far greater degree of thought / concern for artistry than many of the AAA studio titles made in the US (and Japan, for that matter) today. have snap-zooms ever felt so violent? for how many weeks was Quentin Tarantino catatonic after first seeing this thing? if you cut Meiko Kaji, does she bleed soupy orange blood? i suspect that anyone who knows the answer to that question is now in deepest hell.
Yuki, born and raised to inflict vengeance on the assholes that butchered her family. Prison childbirth. Umbrella ownage. Wearing white will get you killed. Throwing shit over a cliff. A traveling gambler. Crazy games with a knife. Draft riots. Swindlers. A sea of blood. A three yen hooker. Police brutality. A bamboo beat down. A cool as hell reporter. Blood splatter. Slicing a bitch in half. A masquerade party of death. Final vengeance is best served cold in the snow. While there is no Bill to kill, Lady Snowblood is an obvious influence for Richard Gecko's tale of Beatrix Kiddo.
It's not fast-paced and "hip" like a Quentin Tarantino movie because it's not a Quentin Tarantino movie. Cripes, is that really how people need to contextualize every pulpy foreign film? Anyway, this is a masterpiece of gaudy, operatic trash.
Watched this this morning and then somehow forgot I hadn't reviewed it. A very stylish film, bloody as hell, not super sexual, and it has the decency to curb its bloodlust vengeance plot with tragedy, but ultimately, it's just a solid exploitation flick.
Quentin Tarantino is no doubt one of the most popular directors in the world, noted for his abrasive yet entertaining films that have all in their own right became cult classics. From the early days of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction to Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained, he has established himself as a director familiar with audiences all over the world. I’m a big fan myself --Jackie Brown being my favourite work from the man-- but I’ve never understood people’s claims of him being the unique and provocative filmmaker with this intense and nurtured creative streak in him. For me it’s no secret that his films play on, and are inspired, by past successes.
Lady Snowblood is the most definitive…
I could do with a thunder-sand bomb to clear the bus on a Monday morning.
I have to say that Lady Snowblood turned out to be a disappointment even though I thought it was pretty good. With the way that it starts off in a whirl of flashing blades, gushing blood staining pristine white snow and the ethereal beauty of Meiko Kaji, I really did think it was set up to be an absolutely great film.
And then it just....stops. For way too long. I think that just too much time is spent on the back story here. I appreciate that has to be filled in and I wouldn't have wanted the film to have passed over that completely but…
The film that Tarantino wishes he made.
Lady Snowblood is the height of grindhouse (and revenge) filmmaking and holds up better than many similar films from the same period did.
Esos nombres de los capítulos están de putería!!!
It's easy to see Tarantino took almost everything from this film for Kill Bill: the seeking revenge plot, the list of people she needs to kill, the bloodspurts, a few music tracks, the chapters, and more. But that's his problem not this films problem.
This film on it's own is FUCKING AWESOME! I loved that Lady Snowblood has a sweet looking face but she is a absolute killer. She would come in and taken down multiple guys standing in her way in the most badass way (loved the use of her umbrella).
This is the first film in a long time that I fell in love with top to bottom. I can't wait to watch it again!
Trivia: The role of Yuki Kashima was specifically written for Meiko Kaji to play.
This made me want more movies with female samurai kicking a lot of ass.
A sublimely perfect film. Mind kind of blown. Will try to write something proper when I've salvaged my brain.
Solid and entertaining revenge flick. Know I see where Tarantino got his Kill Bill inspiration
Grisly and contemplative. This is essential revenge film viewing. Sharing the dynamic intensity of Zatoichi and Lone Wolf & Cub and featuring a high aesthetic in its violence and sociopathic awareness. A demonic woman hellbent on vengeance, her astonishingly cold aura is amplified by her scarce words and facial expressions. Her disposition is represented as totally visual and it’s mesmerizing.
Revenge films are an odd breed. They usually carry the common theme of the moral case against revenge (i.e. it's dehumanizing, causes the innocent to suffer, creates a cycle of violence, etc.) but also manage to make the whole thing they're supposedly condemning look damn entertaining.
Lady Snowblood might be the platonic ideal of that trope. It checks the usual revenge morality boxes but is so spectacularly over-the-top violent that you can't believe what you just saw while simultaneously chomping at the bit for the next big kill.
I don't know how to resolve that seeming paradox at the heart of revenge movies, but resolved or not, Lady Snowblood does both sides very well.
There's also an interesting subtext in…
It's unfortunate this can't be referenced without invoking Kill Bill, but it also makes sense: Lady Snowblood is more or less the well from which all post-2003 Tarantino films drink. Snowblood's theme song specifically reminded me of Django's, the close-up zooms utilized so often in this are prevalent throughout QT's recent filmography, and the violent comic-page sequences seem like inspiration for Kill Bill's anime scenes.
But on its own merits, Lady Snowblood works reasonably well. The colorization here is stunning: blood as thick as paint splattering on snow; purple umbrellas against white dresses in the night; women prisoners in red robes amid artificial snowfall, while multicolored hues glow in the dark. The stylistic reverie is super slick and lots of…
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…