Lady Snowblood is an ultra-violent Japanese revenge film that was based upon a manga of the same name. The film is about Yuki, a woman who was born with vengeance in her blood. She is a trained killer who is hunting down the four villians that were responsible for the brutal murder of her mother's husband. Yuki's mother died during her birth in prison (she ended up in the big house after murdering one of the villains) and throughout her upbringing she was trained to become a successful killer who's out for blood. Will Yuki be able to avenge her mother's honor and kill those who are responsible for her demise or will she fall short of her dangerous goal to kill the remaining three murderers.
I couldn't believe how much of this movie was used in Kill Bill Vol. One and Two. Camera shots, set pieces, music and characters were basically carbon copied and slightly altered by Tarantino. If you thought he emulated City on Fire for Reservoir Dogs then you'll be really shocked by how much he used from Lady Snowblood for KIll Bill Vol. One and Two. Even the character Yuki is identical to O-Ren Ishi. The final showdown at the end is almost the same as the party scene in Kill Bill Vol. One. The party goers even wear masks that are similar and the peek-a-bo sword fight is almost identical. If you enjoyed KIll Bill then you will defiently want to check out Lady Snowblood. Limb chopping and red paint arterial sprays never looked so glorious.
I'll be honest, I rented this film strictly because I love Kill Bill and I was curious to see where Tarantino culled his imagery and ideas. I'm very glad I did, and it's why I think Kill Bill is a very important bridge between modern cinema and cult and foreign film that, lets face it, most of us miss out on. This film is a very beautiful and poetic look at revenge and love. The title character, Yuki, is born into and raised with a single ideology, vengeance. She knows no … more