Review: Lady Snowblood (1973)

A bitter taste of female revenge spray-painted in blood.

dvd“LADY SNOWBLOOD” (Shurayuki-Hime)
1973
Action/Samurai
Japan

Director: Toshiya Fujita
Stars: Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Miyoko Akaza
Distributor: Another World
Runtime: 97 mins
DVD REGION 2

“Poor child, who has to cary the bitterness. Born to revenge your mother.”

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Already at birth Snowblood was bound to revenge her family. She’s raised by a monk and swordsman for her mother’s last wish: To be a weapon of revenge, to kill the last three bastards who destroyed her family.

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A masterpiece of a b-movie. A great story with a bloody trail who takes unexpected turns. The build-up is inventive, the melancholy, the fountains of blood, the music, the backdrop, the great lead-actress, the colouring, the violence, the…everything. A superb classic samurai-revenge flick. Just ask Tarantino what inspired him to do “Kill Bill”. So looking forward to the sequel right now.

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