Lady Snowblood

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A flamboyantly blood-spattered samurai revenge picture with a twist: the implacable seeker of retribution is a slender female (Meiko Kaji) with a flawless ivory complexion and a dead-center killer stare. Born in prison, Snowblood is raised by a martial priest and trained to fulfill a single purpose: tracking down, and dismembering (or bisecting), the four cackling fiends who killed her father and persecuted her mother to an early grave. Adapted from another manga comic book … More >>

Lady Snowblood

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  1. Don’t get me wrong– I love a cheesy samurai film as much as the next guy. However, this one is more cheese (and more low-budget) than most. Kaji Meiko (who had starred in three of the cult-phenom ‘Sasori’ films) chews the scenery as the title character, raised for the sole purpose of avenging the death of her parents at the hands of a group of leering outlaws.

    The twist of having a female play the cold-blooded ‘swordsperson’ might sound intriguing, but it can’t compensate for hammy acting, poor photography, sappy enka ballads, a villain straight out of the silent movie era, and slapdash plotting that looks like what it is– a condensed version of a longer story that tries to compensate with extended narrative. The whole film has the feel of a ‘quickie’ that was made to cash in on the original comic series, and attempts by the filmmakers to appeal to a broader crowd are just plain awkward. Not convinced? This movie, based on a comic by the creator of the Lone Wolf series, was released after the first FIVE Lone Wolf films had hit theaters in the previous twenty months! That doesn’t exactly inspire confidence….

    The Grand Guignol-style special effects can be unintentionally laughable, as every slash of the sword produces a geyser of day-glo stage blood, complete with silly spray-on-the-wall sound effects. To her credit, Kaji doesn’t look terribly out of place in her role, and there are some decent moments, as when she is faced with the unpleasant task of slaying one of her enemies when he has been reduced to an invalid dependent upon his devoted, innocent daughter. As a whole, however, the film can only be recommended to undiscriminating genre buffs.

    If you’re looking for a film of this sort that’s actually worth seeing for more than spewing arteries and overwrought melodrama, you’d best look elsewhere.

    Update: Judging from the trailer for ‘Kill Bill,’ master plagiarist Quentin Tarantino borrowed some scenes directly from this movie. But that still doesn’t make it any more watchable. There has also been a Japanese remake that is now available on DVD.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. The only thing that was ridiculous about this film was how nobody just bleeds when they are cut. Blood actually sprays all over the place. I’ve heard of being under alot of stress, but this film gives “being under alot of pressure” a whole new meaning. So this is why they spray instead of just bleed like the rest of us.

    I would imagine that they probably do some pretty intense farts too.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. this revenge movie copied a lot of ideas from dumas’ novol only changed it with a female character. it’s with a loose and even a bit simple-minded comic book like storyline. since it’s titled with a word of ‘blood’, the whole movie was full of red blood. the directing of this movie was very primitive too.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  4. Anyone who is a fan of Kill Bill must see this movie. Kill Bill is not a remake, but it was inspired by this movie, and seeing this movie gives a different perspective on Kill Bill (the significance of the fight in snow, for instance). It is also a great movie in its own right, with some quite different plot twists to Kill Bill and some insights into Japanese history to boot. Highly recommended.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Far more fully realized than the Tarantino films that it in part inspired, Lady Snowblood is all about revenge. Nothing else. In fact, Yume (Japanese for snow) is born for revenge in a prison hellhole; her only reason for living is to reap revenge for crimes against her mother, who died shortly after childbirth. Fitting to its grave theme, the film builds a somber gray world that M-TV fans might mistake for dullness. For a moment, some small light is permitted into this world, but, as you must know they will, duty and fate prevail. When the theme so familiar from the Tarantino film plays on this film’s soundtrack, this time you will *feel* it!
    Rating: 5 / 5

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