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Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974)

Shurayukihime: Urami koiuta (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 15 June 1974 (Japan)
Lady Snowblood is caught in the politics of early 20th century Japan.

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Toshiya Fujita

Writers:

Kazuo Kamimura (story), Kazuo Koike (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Meiko Kaji ... Shurayuki-hime (Yuki Kashima)
Jûzô Itami Jûzô Itami ... Ransui Tokunaga
Kazuko Yoshiyuki Kazuko Yoshiyuki ... Aya Tokunaga
Yoshio Harada ... Shusuke Tokunaga
Shin Kishida Shin Kishida ... Seishiro Kikui
Tôru Abe Tôru Abe ... Terauchi Kendo
Rin'ichi Yamamoto Rin'ichi Yamamoto ... Inspector Maruyama
Kôji Nanbara Kôji Nanbara ... Toad
Masasuke Hirose Masasuke Hirose ... Shiba Yutaro (as Shosuke Hirose)
Shunsuke Mizoguchi Shunsuke Mizoguchi ... Sekiguchi Eizo
Akira Hamada Akira Hamada ... Okada Takichi
Hiroshi Ishiya Hiroshi Ishiya ... Yoshizawa
Mizuho Suzuki Mizuho Suzuki ... Narrator
Shôichi Hirose
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Storyline

Lady Snowblood (Shurayuki-hime) is caught by the police and sentenced to death for her crimes (in Lady Snowblood I). As she is sent to the gallows she is rescued by the secret police who offer her a deal to assassinate some revolutionaries. Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 June 1974 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance See more »

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Production Co:

Toho Film (Eiga) Co. Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Along with the previous 'Lady Snowblood', this movie served as one of the main inspirations for Quentin Tarantino's 'Kill Bill' Volumes 1 & 2. See more »

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At one point, a man fires multiple rounds at Yuki from a sawed off shotgun. However, without reloading he fires many more rounds than a shotgun of that size could hold in the magazine. See more »

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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

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She's back for more hack 'n' slash action.
22 October 2013 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

The general consensus here on IMDb seems to be that Love Song of Vengeance isn't quite as good as its predecessor, Blizzard from the Netherworld. Not one to toe the line, I would say that it is easily as entertaining—a little more complex and bit less bloody perhaps, but still a very worthy addition to the 70s Japanese exploitation genre.

Having somehow survived being shot and stabbed in the first film, Yuki (Meiko Kaji) is trapped by the police and found guilty of killing 37 people. On the way to the gallows, she is rescued by the Japanese secret police, who want her to go undercover as a maid to spy on anarchist Ransui Tokunaga (Jûzô Itami) who is in possession of a letter that could be used to incite riots and topple the government.

But when Yuki learns that the letter contains evidence of a conspiracy to frame innocent anarchists for an act of unrelated terrorism, she decides that the corrupt officials involved need to be taught a lesson.

It's easy to understand how this more serious, politically themed plot might not sit well with those who enjoyed the simplistic revenge tale of the original, but I found the story engrossing. As far as the violence is concerned, there may not be quite the volume of bloodletting as first time around, but when it happens, it is suitably nasty, with brutal scenes of torture, graphic eye trauma, and an over-the-top finalé which involves hacked-off limbs and arterial spray.

7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.


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