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Lady Snowblood and Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance double feature. LADY SNOWBLOOD - Her father, a schoolteacher, is brutally murdered. Her mother is beaten, raped, and forced into prostitution to survive, only to die giving her life. From her dying mother's lips comes her only reason for living... Bloody revenge! Trained in the arts of death by the priest who adopts her, Yuki sets out to find the four villains who destroyed her family. But when the secret of her bloody mission is uncovered by a well-meaning journalist, the tables are turned and evil finds the one weapon that can pierce the heart of the woman known to all of Japan as: Lady Snowblood! LADY SNOWBLOOD: LOVE SONG OF VENGEANCE - Imprisoned and sentenced to hang for the murders she committed to avenge her family, Yuki is given a reprieve by the mysterious Kikui, a secret government agent. In return for her life, Yuki must infiltrate the household of Ransui, an anarchist and activist, assassinate him, and recover an important document. But all is not as it seems. The document in question contains evidence of a foul miscarriage of justice engineered by Kikui and his patron for political and personal gain. When Yuki decides to switch and help Ransui, Kikui unleashes every weapon at his disposal to eliminate them, recover the document, and protect his secret. Once again, the deadly blade of Lady Snowblood must stain itself with blood... but this time it's not for revenge, it's for JUSTICE.

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  • Actors: Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Masaaki Daimon, Miyoko Akaza, Shinichi Uchida
  • Directors: Toshiya Fujita
  • Writers: Kazuo Kamimura, Kazuo Koike, Kiyohide Ohara, Norio Osada
  • Producers: Kikumaru Okuda, Robert J. Woodhead
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ANIMEIGO
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 186 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AYNFV2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,499 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lady Snowblood (Collector's Boxed Set)" on IMDb

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Robare on April 4, 2005
Format: DVD
I'll be honest, I rented this film strictly because I love Kill Bill and I was curious to see where Tarantino culled his imagery and ideas. I'm very glad I did, and it's why I think Kill Bill is a very important bridge between modern cinema and cult and foreign film that, lets face it, most of us miss out on. This film is a very beautiful and poetic look at revenge and love. The title character, Yuki, is born into and raised with a single ideology, vengeance. She knows no love, except for that of her deceased parents and brother, nor hate, except for her enemies who killed her father and brother and tortured her mother. The film follows Yuki on her journey to find and enact her vengeance on these four villains. Though the plot is fairly simple, it's well crafted and manages to sidestep what could be easy static characterization for very well drawn character arcs. The action and swordplay are beautiful and wonderfully over the top, as are the settings, story devices (like the use of paintings and manga to depict flashback and plot explanation), and special FX (lots of arterial blood sprays.) For fans of Kill Bill, this film is the basis for the O-Ren Ishii character. Other references are similar settings (the fight at the end of the House of Blue Leaves sequence), numbered chapters, music, the afore mentioned arterial blood sprays, very similar character development, freeze frames with character identification, a very similar rouges gallery upward camera shot, and a mixture of live action and animation/manga.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sergio Dessic on May 31, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I really must congratulate the producers of this DVD. The subtitles of most of the asian films that I've seen are definitely their weakest point. On this one, however, not only is the film transfer & sound amazingly good, but the subtitles are also nothing short of fabulous; with none of the usual gaffs, but more importantly with a genuine artistic sense of the use of language. Plus there are two 'levels' of subtitle available, one with additional context.

There are enough other reviews here I don't feel that it is necisary to go into to much depth about the story of the film, but I'll just close by noting that this film has the kind of silly blood special effect successfully mocked in Monty Python's "Salad Days". Apparently these victims of the sword have such enormous blood pressure that they spout great arcs of the stuff at the merest scratch. Don't let this aside deter you from checking out this excellent film. If you at all a fan of Japanese Action Movies, this one will not disappoint.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By (Mr.) N. Sean Wright on July 11, 2006
Format: DVD
Quentin Tarantino owes a lot more to this movie
than a passing reference of "inspiration."
"Lady Snowblood" not only inspired Kill Bill,
but it also served as the complete schematic blueprint for
both Volumes I & II. While Tarantino claims that
Volume I was based on a story by him and Uma Thurman,
I suspect their collaboration would have come across
totally different on screen if "Lady Snowblood"
had never existed.

With that being said,
I absolutely loved this movie.
However, I would advise anyone who hasn't yet
viewed the film to completely forget about
it's connection to Kill Bill. If you concentrate on
similiarites, you'll most likey
be disappointed. First of all, I wouldn't really
considered this an action film at all. Although
the main character is a vengeful martial artist,
there is less action in this film than you'd ever
believe. The main theme of the film is the relationship
between Revenge and Fate, and the resulting effects.
Most of the film is reflection and contemplation on
the part of Lady Snowblood.

But what a beautiful character Shurayuki is! The close-ups
of her face while she's in a state of enraged numbness
are breathtaking. Since I'm an avid martial arts fan
I would've loved to have seen more (or even better) fight
sequences, but this is such a great film, it's easy
to be satisfied with the film as it is.

I think it would be best to classify this as a Dramatic Action
movie. For all those who have already seen the Kill Bill volumes and
are expecting any similarites beyond the plot basis,
you'll be sorely disappointed.
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I viewed "Shurayukihime" ("Lady Snowblood" in the U.S. and "Lady Snowblood: Blizzard from the Netherworld" in the U.K.), after I read all four volumes of the manga by writer Kazuo Koike and artist Kazuo Kamimura. You would think that I came to the film from hearing that it is one of the main inspirations for Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" movies (both film's offer "Battle Without Honor or Humanity" by Tomoyasu Hotei on their soundtracks), but having read Koike's epic "Lone Wolf & Cub," and his "Samurai Executioner" manga, I was looking for anything else I could get my hands on even if it was not drawn by Goseki Kojima (and even if I had to read it right-to-left). The first volume of "Path of the Assassin" was not out yet, but most of the four volumes of "Lady Snowblood" were already available, so I went that route.

The manga started being published in 1972 and the movie came out in 1973, so they are somewhat contemporaneous. The script for the film was written by Koike and Kazuo Uemura (the latter's only movie credit), and while the situation is the same for Yuki Kashima (Meiko Kaji), the story is different. Before she was born her parents and brother became victims of a scam being worked by a quartet of criminals. Yuki's father and brother were murdered, and her mother raped. Yuki's mother tracks down and kills one of the four before she is caught and imprisoned for life. There she seduced every man she could find to become pregnant and give birth to a child of "syura" ("hell") that would be raised in the world and give her vengeance over the three remaining criminals.

The manga is different from the film version of "Lady Snowblood" in two important ways.
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