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Lady Snowblood 1973

  • Toshiya Fujita
  • December 1, 1973
  • 97 mins
  • Japanese
  • Action, Drama, Thriller
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.


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I sought this movie out after learning it was the inspiration for Kill Bill. A very different movie, to Tarantino's classic but in many ways also similar. This is a "roaring rampage of revenge" done in the quieter Japanese style. The movie has a very solemn tone and takes its themes of vengeance and redemption seriously. Even though the movie was released in the 70's it is a highly watchable and entertaining. The acting, story and cinematography are all very well done keeping to the tone and late 1800s setting.

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It's a vengeance film, through and through. Often filled with beautiful cinematography, it circles the lead character, a person born with a purpose. This is better than Tarantino's "Kill Bill", to which he lifted nearly everything from this film. However, this film has the cultural spirit which cannot be read in Kill Bill, which merely reads as a washed-through copy, once you have seen this - albeit in American wrapping. This film has a sequel, which I have not seen.

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