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1 December 1973 (Japan) See more »
A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Meiko Kaji ... Yuki Kashima (Shurayuki-hime)
Toshio Kurosawa ... Ryûrei Ashio
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)

Hitoshi Takagi ... Matsuemon
Mayumi Maemura ... Young Yuki
Kenji Ôkura ... Henchman
Ichirô Kijima

Shôichi Hirose
Kai Atô ... Henchman

Eiji Okada ... Gishirô Tsukamoto
Kô Nishimura ... Priest Dôkai

Directed by
Toshiya Fujita 
Writing credits
Kazuo Kamimura (story) &
Kazuo Koike (story)

Norio Osada  screenplay

Produced by
Kikumaru Okuda .... executive producer
Robert J. Woodhead .... executive producer
Original Music by
Masaaki Hirao 
Cinematography by
Masaki Tamura 
Film Editing by
Osamu Inoue 
Production Design by
Kazuo Satsuya 
Production Management
Hiroaki Tanno .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kiyoshi Segawa .... assistant director
Sound Department
Noboru Kamikura .... sound
Noboru Nishio .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Naomi Hashiyama .... still photographer
Chôshirô Ishii .... electrician
Other crew
Kunishiro Hayashi .... sword choreographer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shurayukihime" - Japan (original title)
"Lady of Blood" - Hong Kong (English title) (video CD title)
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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Meiko Kaji was originally supposed to say the word "tears" at the end, but this line was ultimately cut from the film.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Yuki Kashima:Look at med closely. Do I look like someone you raped?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)See more »
Shura no HanaSee more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Super-entertaining female revenge flick, 7 November 2014
Author: mevmijaumau from Croatia

Toshiya Fujita's Lady Snowblood, (based on the manga of the same name) starring Meiko Kaji, is now most commonly known as the film that inspired Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill movies. Tarantino is a notorious copycat, but I frankly don't find that to be a big deal, I mean other filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick copied from other films all the time yet nobody has a problem with that.

Kill Bill lifted many elements from Lady Snowblood; the female revenge plot with four main villains (the one played by Lucy Liu is even inspired by Shurayuki), battles on snowy fields, fountains of watery blood, fights with the female villain's henchmen, an animated sequence (in LS it's a series of scenes from the manga because I assume the budget was too low for an animated scene), the protagonist killing a girl's parent, division into chapters, some of the music which was plain borrowed, and the non-linear chronology. I actually prefer Lady Snowblood to Kill Bill because it has a far more absorbing atmosphere, which is one of the most important things for a movie to have as I see it.

Lady Snowblood is divided into four chapters and dramatically narrated by some anonymous. Surprisingly enough, the camera-work is just brilliant for an exploitation film. There are many interesting techniques, like zooming in on a stair-ascending character's partially obscured face in the background and then focusing on her as soon as she appears on the others' level, or suddenly zooming out of the scene high into the sky. The color cinematography and costume work are all very memorable.

The bloody scenes have the usual fire hydrant-like blood fountains common in many samurai films at the time, I mean that's just classic, I can't believe some people are having problems with that. The over-the-top acting also isn't a nuisance, it's a lovable exploitation film trope that just makes the movie better. Meiko Kaji is great both in the leading role and on the film's soundtrack; the main song Shura no hana (translated by Tarantino as The Flower of Carnage) is amazing, probably one of the best movie character theme songs I've heard so far.

Lady Snowblood also has a sequel by the same director, a Hong Kong remake, as well as a sci-fi re-imagining which came out years later. But yeah, sadly it's most famous for being an inspiration to Tarantino, which is unfortunate because it's a great film on its own, a masterpiece in its own genre - highly entertaining, dark and colorful. Be sure to check it out.


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