Toshiya Fujita

Lady Snowblood

Lady Snowblood

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.

Film Info

  • Toshiya Fujita
  • Japan
  • 1973
  • 97 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
  • Spine #790

Available In

Collector's Set

The Complete Lady Snowblood

The Complete Lady Snowblood

Blu-Ray Box Set

1 Disc

$31.96

Collector's Set

The Complete Lady Snowblood

The Complete Lady Snowblood

DVD Box Set

2 Discs

$23.96

Lady Snowblood
Cast
Meiko Kaji
Yuki Kashima (Shurayuki-hime)
Toshio Kurosawa
Ryurei Ashio
Masaaki Daimon
Go Kashima
Miyoko Akaza
Sayo Kashima
Shinichi Uchida
Shiro Kashima
Takeo Chii
Tokuichi Shokei
Noboru Nakaya
Banzo Takemura
Yoshiko Nakada
Kobue Takemura
Akemi Negishi
Tajire no Okiku
Kaoru Kusuda
Tora Kobayashi
Mayumi Maemura
Young Yuki
Eiji Okada
Gishiro Tsukamoto
Ko Nishimura
Priest Dokai
Credits
Director
Toshiya Fujita
Produced by
Kikumaru Okuda
Original authors
Kazuo Koike
Original authors
Kazuo Kamimura
Screenplay by
Norio Osada
Cinematography by
Masaki Tamura
Music by
Masaaki Hirao
Editing by
Osamu Inoue
Production design by
Kazuo Satsuya
Sword choreography by
Kunishiro Hayashi

From The Current

The Violent Beauty of Lady Snowblood
The Violent Beauty of Lady Snowblood

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 ferocity.

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — Jan 8, 2016
The Complete Lady Snowblood: Flowers of Carnage
The Complete Lady Snowblood: Flowers of Carnage

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.


By Howard Hampton

On Film / Essays — Jan 5, 2016