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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.
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..
“Shura Yuki Hime” from the legendary Toho Studio and directed by Toshiya Fujita is based on a famous manga by Kazuo Koike and Kazuo Kamimura and is one of the greatest and most influential of all the Japanese samurai / revenge films. Told in a multi-chapter, non-linear narrative the film starts in 1874 with a baby being born to Sayo (Miyoko Akaza) in a woman’s prison. Sayo names the child Yuki (snow) and we learn that during the previous year a teacher (Masaaki Daimon) and his wife Sayo (Miyoko Akaza), were ambushed by four criminals – Okono (Sanae Nakahara) Banzō (Noboru Nakaya), Tokuichi (Takeo Chii), and Gishirō (Eiji Okada). The teacher was brutally murdered and Sayo ends up in prison…
¿Cómo no amar la forma tan exagerada en la que sale la sangre en las películas japonesas? Gracias Toshiya Fujita por darnos un chambara tan brutal y atrevido como éste.
It’s kind of a masterpiece of genre cinema. Operatic, bathed in fountains of blood, with a wonderful lead performance by the beautiful, steely-eyed Meiko Kaji. This is not “serious” film-making. It’s violent, with characters painted in the broad brush strokes of B-Movie archetypes, and villains that practically beg for a mustache to twirl. Yet it’s a visually and narratively inventive film, that continually finds ways to subvert and complicate its own straightforward revenge plot. Is that scream directed at the nihilistic, endless cycle of retribution and revenge? The futility of attaining justice through violence? The emptiness Yuki feels as she has completed her life’s work? It’s a little ambiguous. It’s beautifully shot by Masaki Tamura, filled with exaggerated, stylish camerawork;…
Lady Snowblood, or Shurayukihime, is probably the biggest source of inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films. It is a film that I have wanted to watch for a long time, and now, after I finally got my hands on a DVD copy of the film, I have watched it, and I love it.
As this film is from 1973, the violence is over-the-top, to say the least, with geysers of blood gushing with every kill that happens, something which Tarantino also uses in his films, along with the quick zoom-ins and zoom-outs, that are also used in this film. I genuinely liked the use of this kind of violence in this film, as the plot is of an improbable…
A female assassin sets out to take revenge against 4 career criminals who hurt her loved ones. We see flashbacks about her brutal training, animated sequences and we listen to a pretty familiar tune used as a theme song here. So yeah, this is even closer to Kill Bill than one would assume before watching it. You can also see the stylistic influences towards the character of O Ren Ishii, all the over the top blood gushing you' d expect, the close-ups versus the long shots etc. Both Fujita and Tarantino liked their spaghetti, without a doubt.
It's a good movie, definitely worth watching, if you feel even remotely interested in giving it a chance. It was interesting, kinda fun at times and it starts off pretty strongly. Wouldn't say it managed to keep me excited for 97 minutes though.
lady snowblood aka the movie where quentin tarantino got the idea for the story of kill bill. i'm saying he "stole" the idea of lady snowblood, maybe just paying homage to it. but whatever. but, kill bill and lady snowblood are very similar. from the chapters through out the movie, blood in the snow, the fountain of blood that comes out of people's bodies. but lady snowblood was an extremely fun movie to watch. i think every one should watch this movie just for kicks, because it's a great gory flick with a bad-ass female main.
Yuki (Meiko Kaji) is born as an instrument of vengeance for her parents in this slow burn slasher film. Pretty good cinematography and choreography throughout, and enough helpings of blood to go around! From the blood geyser technique to shots and dialogue being replicated during O-Ren Ishii's storyline, it's obvious where Quentin Tarantino took influence in Kill Bill: Vol. 1. One of my favorite parts from both movies was using "The Flower of Carnage" as their closing themes. Meiko Kaji is badass and has a beautiful voice!
A beautiful film marked by elegant cinematography, a cast of ruthless villains and the cinematic Meiko Kaji. The story of murder and rape and vengeance moves from past to present and back a few times but director Toshiya Fujita edits the action perfectly. Far superior than the movie it inspired.
Vengeance... bloody vengeance! Slow-paced tale of revenge, centering on the martial arts heroine - a child of the netherworld, born to slay those that tortured and killed her family.
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