Lady Snowblood

Lady Snowblood

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

This film is downright awesome. Obviously, this is the film that Tarantino pretty much remade into Kill Bill, which happens to be my favorite Tarantino, but nothing surpasses what's originally in this film. Lady Snowblood should be remembered for more than just being the film that Kill Bill was modeled after because it stands above that. Yuki is such a badass and the fact that this film actually meditates on the fact that she has worked her whole life just to get revenge on the people who wronged her family that it has become her only goal in life but what will she do after that? Once she kills Okono, her life's mission has been complete but this had been mostly taken from her as you think Gishiro has died in a shipwreck while Okono supposedly kills herself. You think that the glory of taking these people's lives has been taken from her until it's revealed that Gishiro is still alive and ultimately Yuki gets to exact her revenge. One thing that was amazing in this film is the use of aperture framing especially in the scene where Sayo gives birth to Yuki and the viewer sees the snow coming down outside while watching the scene unfold between the prison bars. I'm sure someone could do a whole write-up about how that plays into one of the themes of the film and would be something I'd look for during a rewatch. The fact that the film ends with Kobue stabbing Lady Snowblood after she has escaped from killing Gishiro at the masquerade ball ends the cycle of vengeance that started between Yuki's family and the criminals as Kobue gets revenge for Lady Snowblood killing her father is so great to see. This film throughout doesn't give viewers exactly what they want and instead subverts expectations of this being a clear and cut revenge plot but instead muddies the waters to achieve the magnificence that is this film