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Lady Snowblood (1973)

Shurayukihime (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 1 December 1973 (Japan)
A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge.

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Toshio Kurosawa ...
Masaaki Daimon ...
Gô Kashima
Miyoko Akaza ...
Sayo Kashima
Shinichi Uchida ...
Shirô Kashima
Takeo Chii ...
Tokuichi Shôkei
Noboru Nakaya ...
Banzô Takemura
Yoshiko Nakada ...
Kobue Takemura
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Tajire no Okiku
Kaoru Kusuda ...
Otora Mikazuki
Sanae Nakahara ...
Kitahama, Okono
Hôsei Komatsu ...
Genzô Shibayama
Makoto Matsuzaki ...
Daikashi
Hiroshi Hasegawa ...
Daihachi Kachime
Takehiko Ono ...
(as Susumu Kuroki)
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Yuki's family is nearly wiped out before she is born due to the machinations of a band of criminals. These criminals kidnap and brutalize her mother but leave her alive. Later her mother ends up in prison with only revenge to keep her alive. She creates an instrument for this revenge by purposefully getting pregnant. Though she dies in childbirth, she makes sure that the child will be raised as an assassin to kill the criminals who destroyed her family. Young Yuki never knows the love of a family but only killing and revenge. Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

The role of Yuki Kashima was specifically written for Meiko Kaji to play. See more »

Goofs

This is set in the 19th century but, at the party in the final act, the Pakistani flag is amongst those on display. Pakistan only became an independent state in 1947. The flag of Australia is also present, although the Australian flag was first flown in 1901. See more »

Quotes

Yuki Kashima: Look at med closely. Do I look like someone you raped?
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Referenced in The Making of 'Kill Bill' (2003) See more »

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Shura no Hana
Sung by Meiko Kaji
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opera, with blood instead of music
7 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

A big thing that strikes me about 70s Japanese trash cinema is how, well, cinematic it is. No cheap films from Hong Kong or even America looked or sounded much like this. It's like an opera of blood, complete with extremely broadly drawn characters, a mix of great locations and unnatural, painted setpieces, eerie pink lighting, baroque chapter titles and a symphonic pop theme song. If you're looking for literary substance you're in the wrong place, but as an exercise in style that juggles many different genres & moods (from noir to chambara) and flirts with the portrayal of Japan on the cusp of Western imperialist influence, there's a lot of meat here.

At times it's hard to tell if the film's trying to be serious or fun & over the top, and that's a certain ambiguity you won't get with Tarantino's stuff (yeah, I'm pretty sure I know why you're here). Obviously this was the main inspiration for Kill Bill, and while that movie's fairly fun for cheap pastiche, it should be regarded as the piece of curio to see after this rather than vice-versa.


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