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Lady Snowblood (1973)

Cast: Meiko Kaji, Meiko Kaji, Akira Nishimura, more...
Director: Toshiya Fujita, Toshiya Fujita
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Animeigo
Genre: Foreign, Japan, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 97 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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A woman seeks the revenge that was her birthright in this action thriller from Japan. A gang of ruthless thieves break into the home of a rural couple, and after taking their valuables, they murder the husband and rape the wife once they've beaten her senseless. When the ravaged wife tracks down one of the thieves and attacks him, she is arrested by police; she was left pregnant by the rape, and gives birth to a daughter months later, dying shortly after delivery. The daughter, Yuki (Meiko Kaji), is raised by a priest who teaches her how to use a sword and trains her to show no mercy to the men who brutalized her family. When she turns 20, Yuki sets out to seek revenge, looking beautiful and tranquil on the outside but possessing a powerful taste for vengeance against those who wronged her and her mother. Lady Snowblood was written by Kazuo Koike, who also scripted several of the most memorable films in the Lone Wolf and Cub series. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

chop and serve, or cut and paste by cammelltoe September 18, 2004 - 12:04 PM PDT
3 out of 8 members found this review helpful
Anyone who is a fan of LONE WOLF AND CUB or KILL BILL will definetly want to check out LADY SNOWBLOOD. While not as great LONE WOLF (the same manga artist is behind both series) SNOWBLOOD shares the period specificity, surreal gore-spewing mutilation, broken families and gothic coloring that make CUB great. And O-ren Ishi and the Bride from Tarantino's kind-of-an-epic both seem to be children of the Lady Snowblood charactor. But how's the film itself, you ask? Personally, i was kind of over SNOWBLOOD'S monotonous gloom before the end of the picture, although i did get an unabashed kick out of the constant stream of gore, psychadelic soundtrack rock, pulp plotting and artificial snow that got me there. Fun, but not quite indispensible.

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(Average 7.43)
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