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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)
To avoid a death sentence for her prior acts of bloodshed, the vengeful swordswoman Lady Snowblood is conscripted by the Japanese Secret Police to assassinate political dissidents.

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Toshiya Fujita

Writers:

Kazuo Kamimura (story), Kazuo Koike (story) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Meiko Kaji ... Shurayuki-hime (Yuki Kashima)
Jûzô Itami ... Ransui Tokunaga
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ... Aya Tokunaga
Yoshio Harada ... Shusuke Tokunaga
Shin Kishida ... Seishiro Kikui
Tôru Abe ... Terauchi Kendo
Rin'ichi Yamamoto Rin'ichi Yamamoto ... Inspector Maruyama
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 ... Narrator
Shôichi Hirose
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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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Drama | Thriller

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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #791. 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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Shusuke Tokunaga: Take a good look around you! They're all garbage! That one's "willie" is hanging out.
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Follows Lady Snowblood (1973) See more »

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The vengeance? Where's the vengeance?
1 May 2005 | by AwesomeWolfSee all my reviews

Version: Eastern Eye's R4 DVD release. Japanese / English subtitles.

I thought the ending of 'Lady Snowblood' was rather definite. It didn't exactly set itself up for a sequel, but, here we are. Sequel time - 'Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance'. I must admit, it is a cool title.

After avenging her mother in 'Lady Snowblood', Yuki (Meiko Kaji) is arrested by the new Japanese police. Sentenced to death, Yuki is granted a reprieve by Kikui (Shin Kishida), an agent of the secret police. Kikui will let Yuki live if she spies on Ransui Tokunaga (Juzo Itami), an active socialist. Yuki accepts Kikui's offer, but making that offer may not have been the smartest thing Kikui ever did...

The first thing you may notice about 'Lady Snowblood 2' is that there is a lack of vengeance. It seems to have been substituted for politics. Naturally, there is some vengeance, and the requisite amount of Yuki killing people, but 'Lady Snowblood 2' seems to grounded in the political and social climate of Japan in the early 1900s. I've studied a bit of Japanese history from this period at university, so the tie-in managed to maintain my interest. However, characters make references to the Hibiya Riots and the Russo-Japanese war, events that happened in 1905. This is supposedly set right after 'Lady Snowblood', which I believe was set in the 23rd Year of Meiji. By my reckoning, that would make 'Lady Snowblood' set around 1891. I think I've missed something, or gotten the Meiji years wrong. If someone doesn't correct me, I'm going to assume time-travel was involved. Time-travel? Cool!

Meiko Kaji turns into something of an acting robot in this outing. Yuki seems devoid of any emotion, and while that was a theme in the first, it was established that she was capable of human feeling. However, she still makes a good assassin. Although we have more politics and less action, the action we do get is still pretty good, if dated.

'Lady Snowblood 2' stands in the shadow of its prequel. The first movie outshines this movie in every way, but the second is still entertaining. Worth a look for fans of the first - 7/10


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