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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.
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.
Quentin Tarantino is the greatest thief working on cinema today, it's widely known that his films steal a little from past movies, especially from films that not many people have heard of, films like Lady Snowblood. I knew that this was going to be something like Kill Bill, but I did not imagine they would be so similar. They are similar not only in terms of story and concept - a samurai woman who seeks revenge - but also in terms of production style. From its filming techniques - fast zoom on characters - to the visual style and to the amount of blood that we are offered and to its music score, Lady Snowblood and Kill Bill are twins.…
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.
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…
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.
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…
Für einen japanischen Schwertkampffilm sehr Nouvelle-Vague-ig. Überdeutliche Inspiration für Kill Bill.
Geysers of bright red blood spray all over the screen in this entertaining vengeance flick full of the kind of cool touches, moving cameras and jazzy editing tricks that keep the story crackling and that get film geeks all excited. 20 year old Yuki, or Lady Snowblood, (Meiko Kaji) was born in prison and raised for revenge. She spent her whole childhood in brutal martial arts training and is now ready to go slice up the band of slimebag robbers who gang raped her mother and killed her family. Her mother managed to knife one of the murderers to death, but Japan in the 1800s was a cruel place and she got a life sentence in prison for it. There,…
My sister was in an anti-America mood (isn't she always?), so we watched this tonight. Since we both love Kill Bill and she's a fan of Japan and "quieter" films it didn't take long before she said she enjoyed it. A rare combination of a film both gorgeous and campy in equal measure, which is what Tarantino took to heart.
Lady Snowblood really isn’t any bloodier than any given Chang Cheh film from the same period (1970’s Vengeance! seems an apt comparison, for one), although the blood is definitely more splattery, with every arterial blast eliciting quiet snickers from some corners of the audience. It’s that that makes it an exploitation film, I guess, with the art coming around the edges of the violence, as opposed to in Chang’s films, where the art is the violence: the ways it is filmed, choreographed and performed, the movements and expressions of the bodies on-screen intimately tied to Chang’s obsession with codes of honor and loyalty among men (almost always men with Chang). In contrast, the bodies here are rather modest, hidden by…
My bloody Valentine.
I always read that Kill Bill was heavily influenced by this, but I guess I never realized quite how much. Even the overall chapter structure is lifted from here (Tarentino even used the theme music from this too, right?). Really enjoyed this, its bloody as hell but still has a heart, albeit a very dark and fucked up one.
Exciting, bloody, fun. With lashings of red paint doubling as blood, being pumped out at high pressure at the slightest cut, this is a movie that loves a bit of the ultraviolence.
Some fine, memorable shots and scenes too.
Very, very enjoyable.
This is a very fun, energetic action movie. I like seeing insanely bright blood fly around so this is straight up my alley. Now I don't necessarily appreciate the narrator or the idiotic melodrama towards the end (the reveal about a certain father is so bad), but the way this film is built and the way it moves forward constantly is really admirable, as I'm so used to these trashy 70s sword n gore -flicks to be nothing but people walking around a house for thirty minutes only to be followed by two minutes of gory fun. This is like the Keoma of the genre, and I don't say that just because it has a very similar way of portraying the timeline of the story.
Gory in an artful way. Great stuff.
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