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Lady Snowblood (2004)

Meiko Kaji , Toshio Kurosawa , Toshiya Fujita  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Masaaki Daimon, Miyoko Akaza, Shinichi Uchida
  • Directors: Toshiya Fujita
  • Writers: Kazuo Kamimura, Kazuo Koike, Norio Osada
  • Producers: Kikumaru Okuda, Robert J. Woodhead
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANIMEIGO
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I54U2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,820 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lady Snowblood" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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 written by Kasuo Koike, whose most famous work became the legendary "Lone Wolf and Cub" film series, this 1973 programmer stays close to its pulp-paper roots: images from the comics are deployed in a couple of montage sequences, and the story is divided into four chapters drawn from the monthly "manga" installments. Stalwart leading man Toshio Kurasawa plays a crusading journalist who writes a series of Japanese dime novels based on Snowblood's exploits, and manages to flush out a couple of the evildoers in the process. "--David Chute"

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars superb dvd May 31, 2004
Format:DVD
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Only the Inspiration for Kill Bill? 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Review on TRANSFER QUALITY and edition
Please note the publisher of the version you are trying to purchase. If you notice the white cover has a mirror image of the properly oriented Lady Snowblood. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Frank
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for film
3 stars for the crappy packaging. Film quality is what it is for the time period. Buy it or forever regret it!
Published 5 months ago by Justin Photog, Dog Trainer, Moto Rider
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
It's always great to see the genesis to more modern movies and this is as good as it gets. Only problem is that I wish I had found it earlier.
Published 18 months ago by Michael D. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Japanese film
This movie was one of those inspiring Quentin Tarantino's 'Kill Bill'. The theme from this movie, which is heart-breakingly beautiful, even if you don't speak Japanese, is heard... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mother Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine
depends on expectations
an old movie
this is more learning about
film history
Published on March 1, 2010 by spr du
5.0 out of 5 stars For Quentin Tarantino Fans
Quentin recommended this film and I found it very entertaining. He said this movie was the impetus for Kill Bill Vol.s 1 and 2. Excellent film!
Published on September 12, 2009 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Neither fun to watch nor serious enough to consider afterward.
After only viewing part of the movie back when I was a teen, I recently watched the movie in its entirety. Read more
Published on February 27, 2009 by R. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie
You can definitely tell how Kill Bill was inspired by this movie but it is so much more. Sleek fight scenes make this movie even better!
Published on April 12, 2008 by Ryan Angulo
2.0 out of 5 stars a very elementary screenplay
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. Read more
Published on May 23, 2007 by JustAReader
5.0 out of 5 stars We get to see the work from the originators, not the imitators.
For such an old film Lady Snowblood doesn't seem very old fashioned. It's a tale of revenge which is very bloody and if the story seems tired, it's actually told in a fairly... Read more
Published on May 17, 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
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