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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.
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.
I just think Tarantino is a fuck.
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…
What a tragic film expertly done!!
Lady Snowblood is awesome. It's cool to watch a super bloody Asian film after the more tame 60's flicks. the story is a brutal revenge tale. I enjoyed the film, but the DVD copy I had was skipping which really sucked. Other than that, Snowblood is a highly entertaining film.
A gripping tale of revenge built up by intriguing mythology and a stunning use of time progression.
some narrative stalls (perhaps due to the fact that it's essentially the og KILL BILL) but a stylistic knockout. the color of the blood!!! that is cinema.
Beautiful and brutal.
Something something Kill Bill precursor something something
Meiko Kaji is like the biggest badass of all time tho
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Can something so inherently violent be beautiful as well? If you're looking at this film then the answer is yes.
This is a point that is explored throughout the course of Lady Snowblood. Most notably through the eponymous character herself. She is on a path of vengeance where violence is front and centre but many do not suspect her or even think her capable of committing such acts. As characters say throughout the film, Oyuki's beauty and grace makes her seem unlikely of being so violent.
Even her chosen name of Lady Snowblood is a combination of two things that contrast. Snow and blood. One being beautiful, white and innocent, whilst the other is impure, red and violent. These two…
Simple revenge flick made enjoyable by the awesome soundtrack, stylish fight scenes, and over the top evil act committed by the 4 main baddies. If you like kill bill you will feel right at home here because this movie heavily inspired Tarantino's Kill Bill. A lot of the scenes are actually similar too. I am not a fan of the Criterion transfer. The movie is made too bright, and some scenes make it hard to see the subtitles. A yellow text should have been used.
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