Lady Snowblood Lady Snowblood
  • Japan
  • 1973
  • 97 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #790

Gory revenge is raised to the level of visual poetry in Toshiya Fujita’s stunning Lady Snowblood. A major inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill saga, this endlessly inventive film, set in late nineteenth-century Japan, charts the single-minded path of vengeance taken by a young woman (Meiko Kaji) whose parents were the unfortunate victims of a gang of brutal criminals. Fujita creates a wildly entertaining action film of remarkable craft, an effortless balancing act between beauty and violence.

Cast

Yuki Kashima (Shurayuki-hime)Meiko Kaji
Ryurei AshioToshio Kurosawa
Go KashimaMasaaki Daimon
Sayo KashimaMiyoko Akaza
Shiro KashimaShinichi Uchida
Tokuichi ShokeiTakeo Chii
Banzo TakemuraNoboru Nakaya
Kobue TakemuraYoshiko Nakada
Tajire no OkikuAkemi Negishi
Tora KobayashiKaoru Kusuda
Young YukiMayumi Maemura
Gishiro TsukamotoEiji Okada
Priest DokaiKo Nishimura

Credits

DirectorToshiya Fujita
Produced byKikumaru Okuda
Original authorsKazuo Koike and Kazuo Kamimura
Screenplay byNorio Osada
Cinematography byMasaki Tamura
Music byMasaaki Hirao
Editing byOsamu Inoue
Production design byKazuo Satsuya
Sword choreography byKunishiro Hayashi

Film Essays

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The Complete Lady Snowblood: Flowers of Carnage

By Howard Hampton January 05, 2016

Toshiya Fujita’s two-film saga set exuberant, manga-inspired martial-arts choreography against a backdrop of a Japanese society in transition to unfold a vivid tale of epic vengeance.
Read more »

Video

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The Violent Beauty of Lady Snowblood

January 08, 2016

View a clip from Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance, featuring actor Meiko Kaji in a scene that highlights the film’s dazzlingly choreographed combination of visual beauty and unflinching . . . Read more »


Film Essays

28589id_096_thumbnail

The Complete Lady Snowblood: Flowers of Carnage

By Howard Hampton January 05, 2016

Toshiya Fujita’s two-film saga set exuberant, manga-inspired martial-arts choreography against a backdrop of a Japanese society in transition to unfold a vivid tale of epic vengeance.
Read more »

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