"I'm a real messy bitch. A liar. A scammer. I love robbery and fraud. I'm a messy bitch who lives…
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…
THIS is how you walk the line between low and high-art. One of the few revenge movies that's actually morally interesting and doesn't just pretend to be.
I was hoping to like this a bit more than I did but I still liked it a lot. The major problem is that the film doesn't really develop Yuki's character in any meaningful way. We know that she wants vengeance, but we never really get a sense of her as a person. What does she like? How does she feel? The screenplay tells us that people seeking revenge need to rid themselves of compassion and other human emotions, which is fine, but it doesn't make for compelling protagonists, unfortunately. Where other revenge films, such as Lone Wolf and Cub, invest in the protagonists' journey, instilling the vendetta with a sense of the tragic, Lady Snowblood kind of plays it straight. Still, this was absolutely gorgeous, with vibrant pulsating colours that popped off the screen. Again, I liked it, but I wish I had liked it a bit more.
Coming soon after part 2
A brief but violently entertaining film that was the obvious precursor for Tarantino's later Kill Bill films. The gushing blood, contrasting colors and story structure make for a brilliantly engaging film.
An excellent genre film whose influence looms so large over Kill Bill: Vol 1 that there's probably no need to even mention it (although I just did).
I think Quentin Tarantino loves this film as much as I love Mad Max: Fury Road
Rivers of blood. Revenge. It does not get any better.
A bloody good time!
God I love that blood spray.
Comic book style and a simple story. Grindhouse with a touch of Art House.
Elevated by lead performance and the obvious elements Kill Bill took.
Movies that are slightly off.
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.