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…
Beautiful blood gushing vengeance on crackers! This was so much fun! I loved it!
Lots of build-up, drama and fun action - everything was so carefully constructed perfectly executed. Meiko Kaji was intense and vulnerable - Lady Snowblood is an interesting and complex character. Vengeance fuels her but it's somewhat unfulfilling - it's beautiful playing on that dichotomy!
I finally watched this movie, it just got overlooked. My first reaction is "Holy Quentin Tarentino! Batman" Did he ever steal from this film!
What can I say about a movie as beautiful and influential as this? Yeah, it was great. It didn't blow my mind or change my world. I felt kinda sad about the wasted life and utter lack of joy and happiness in her life. The best revenge is living well, I thinks.
"You are a child of the netherworld."
An occasionally bleak, yet undeniably rewarding revenge thriller, filled with entertaining action and enthralling drama. If you are at all a fan of Kill Bill (like myself), you owe it to yourself to watch this film.
Also, I think I just fell in love with Meiko Kaji.
Love this film to death!
Kill Bill can fuck off!
blood. Blood! BLOOD!!!!
Writing manga for an underground newspaper in feudal japan is my new dream job.
wtf I hate Tarantino now.
One of those rare films that I gave the TNT treatment: upon finishing it, play it again. An essential Tarantino pre-req that had somehow eluded me for too long.
Snappy jazz numbers to novel writing sequences!?!
COUNT ME IN.
A blood-soaked masterpiece in its own right.
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