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…
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…
Seeing the Criterion transfer of this makes me glad to be alive in 2016. I'd be shocked if even during the film's original run, that it looked this good. The blood is so red and beautiful. If the Lone Wolf and Cub series got this type of treatment, I'd be on cloud nine eating cheeseburgers in paradise.
A masterwork in sword action cinema. I was 1 year old when this was released. I need to apologize to myself for not having seen this until 2016. Will re-watch soon, to all fans of 1970s Japanese cinema watch this asap! Perfectly cast, great performances and really cool story.
Second round in one year. God damn splatter beauty.
Seriously, why the hell did Tarantino ask everybody for Kill Bill to make an appearance in his movie, but the goddess of Japanese Cinema was nowhere to be fund in his homage to this movie?
Typical Ageism, but I thought Tarantino would be better.
But then again, Hateful 8 show's that he really lost his touch and just rehashes his own movie's.
This movie is LUSH. Completely beautiful, with a really remarkable central performance. Something I had never heard of before and I am so glad I had a chance to see it. I definitely want to check out the sequel.
20 Words or Less Recommendation/Review: Meiko Kaji is a goddess. Fantastic from start to finish with nothing wasted in between. Just beautiful. Damn memorable.
The movie that influenced The Kill Bill films, from the story too the music and too the style. Its fun to see where certain movies get there ideas from.
Because Japan has a pretty long legacy of fine dramatic cinema it often doesn’t get as much credit for its genre action films (outside of Godzilla anyway) as its larger neighbor China, but that is perhaps a mistake given contributions like the Zatoichi films, the Lone Wolf and Cub films, and of course Lady Snowblood. Lady Snowblood is actually an adaptation of a manga and while it’s clearly a genre film it’s not quite clear what that genre is. It’s set a little too late to be called a Samurai film but it also doesn’t exactly feel like a martial arts film. Perhaps it is better just to think of it as a straight up action/revenge movie. The whole thing…
The struggle of coming to terms with your demons shown through angry bloodshed and nature portrayed as an entry way into the soul. Also how the power of being understood can help you through hard times. Fucking incredible.
today during class something happened. My friend got there late and so missed the beginning of it so, once she…
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.