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Lady Snowblood (1973)
"Shurayukihime" (original title)

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A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge.

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Meiko Kaji ...
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
Akemi Negishi ...
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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Along with its sequel, this movie served as one of the main inspirations for Quentin Tarantino's movies Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2. See more »

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The revolver that Gishiro fires at Yuki is a Webley, which is capable of holding but six rounds. Gishiro fired 7 rounds without reloading. See more »

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Yuki Kashima: Look at med closely. Do I look like someone you raped?
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Lady Snowblood; great Japanese martial arts extravaganza which was the main inspiration for Kill Bill
3 January 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

When I was watching this I could straight away pick many of the different aspects Quentin Tarantino took from this. Everything from the plot, (especially) the music and the effects was copied and warped in a way. Although I marginally liked Kill Bill better, this is still an extremely good movie that I think everyone should see.

This movie is set in chapters where we follow Yuki who is out to avenge her mothers rape and torture. There were four culprits, one of whom was killed by the mother already. So Yuki, from the moment she was born, was trained to eventually kill the three remaining villains.

As you can see, the plot was almost entirely copied for Kill Bill. But I find the plot in this one slightly more interesting. The music was extremely good and quite moving. Two of the songs were actually used in Kill Bill. The effects are the traditional over the top ones you would expect. Lots of severed limbs and gushing blood.

This gets a solid 4½/5.


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