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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…
Two films inspired Kill Bill...One was The Bride Wore Black and this one...
Meiko Kaji is one badass babe in kimono as good as Uma Thurman if not better...She wields the sword seductively...Guilty pleasure all the way..
A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge.
i love how people say quentin tarantino was influenced by this movie but i think "influenced" is too soft a word. he clearly loved the shit out of this (who could blame him because it's a REALLY RAD movie) and like most of its aspects are all heavily abused in kill bill. there's a difference between inspiration and thievery, QT, but i guess your fans let you get away with it because you admit to it?
but whatever, meiko kaji is also just way fucking cooler than the entire cast of kill bill, let's get real about it.
Yuki, you were born for vengeance, poor child. A child of the netherworld.
Ominous. Made more disturbing by the fact it was said by a dying mother to her infant child. Revenge is the dish best served by your offspring 20 years later after all.
I always have a thing for revenge flicks, the commitment and pointlessness attached to it are enticing to me. Cool and stylish but also affecting at times. Lady Snowblood has the potential to be great. It certainly how it started out. Thrilling, brutal, and smart with tacky chapter titles, the movie definitely got my hopes up early on, probably too high it seems. Lady Snowblood kind of trails off and becomes unfocused in its last third. The clumsy way with which it handles its twist and action sequence, when compared to what comes before, pales in comparison, and as a result makes the movie a little underwhelming. It is still a satisfying movie though.
Pretty fun little picture. I like the way it parses out the exposition in little spurts rather than bogging everything down. The action is of course excellent and you can really see how it influenced Tarantino on Kill Bill right down to the green subtitles from the Go-Go flashback.
It's like Kill Bill in an unforced and spontaneous way
A must see for any Kill Bill maniac like myself. Since it's a movie from the 70's, you can't expect all that geniality in mixing perfectly choreography and soundtrack but it's great to gradually discover from where Tarantino got all of his ideas for the Beatrix Kiddo saga.
Decided it had been too long since I last watched this, so I watched it again and reaffirmed that my Meiko Kaji obsession was justified. This flick does such a great job of straddling the line between tongue-in-cheek ridiculousness and serious samurai revenge flick that continues to impress me, even after having seen it a dozen times. One of my favorite films of all time.
Viewed on DVD
Lady Snowblood is a classic Japanese revenge flick with enough bloodshed to satisfy the most avid horror connoisseur. A story of vengeance that is to be completed by your child. A child who’s only goal and purpose is to avenge the death of her family is a sad one.
Lady Snowblood is a great film with wonderful samurai action and beautiful cinematography.
An essential film in Japanese cinema.
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