Sunday Feature-Week 34: Lady Snowblood (1973)
Title: Lady Snowblood
Tone: Super badass revenge cinema (and roughly 80% of inspiration for Kill Bill)
Cast- Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa
What: A mother’s family is slain by a group of criminals and she is brutalized left for dead, however, she survives. The mother is imprisoned but gives birth and vows to have her newborn child, Yuki, raised to exact revenge on those who slayed her family. Badassery ensues.
- Adapted from the Manga of the same name, Lady Snowblood is one of the finest examples of the revenge genre and there’s nothing quite like watching a good revenge film in the summertime.
- One of the best aspects of Lady Snowblood is how heavily it inspired/is referenced in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. For example, both are female revenge films, O-Ren Ishii resembles Yuki, both contain a duel in the snow, the song “Flower of Carnage” is from Lady Snowblood, both films are divided by chapters, both contain an animated sequence, both contain a training by a cruel master and so on.
- Lady Snowblood contains some really well choreographed and highly stylistic fight scenes, ones that make you ooh and awe. Lots of Badass fun.
- Below is a good example of a well executed fight scene from Lady Snowblood and an example of its influence on Kill Bill (“Flower of Carnage” and the geysering blood) Enjoy!
Note: The original clip I posted was taken down so here be the trailer.