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813 Ratings

Lady Snowblood


Directed by Toshiya Fujita
Japan, 1973
Drama, Thriller


Follows the story of the titular assassin seeking vengeance upon the bandits who raped her mother and murdered her father.

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Lady Snowblood Directed by Toshiya Fujita
An aria of arterial spray, gushing in myriad patterns against a variety of white fabrics. It takes Jean-Luc Godard’s tossed off comment that the blood in Pierrot Le Fou (1965) is “Not blood” but “red” to its logical conclusion, a festival of artfully composed throat-slittings and torso hackings. Blood spits out of human bodies like when Mentos are dropped into a bottle of Diet Coke. It frames killing as pure artifice, executed with impassive grace by the beautiful Meiko Kaji.
July 04, 2017
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Love Song of Vengeance distills Japan’s aggressive modernization into a crisis narrative whose sympathies are again with displaced peasants. It feels more hemmed in—trying to recapitulate the incredible highs of the first film and yet deviate from the template at the same time. It’s the more piecemeal of the two, but nonetheless a captivatingly schizophrenic, startlingly weird movie in its own right.
January 05, 2016
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If the story is simple, the aesthetic is anything but. The first film pushes low-budget ingenuity to the cusp of experimentation, using paintings and still photographs to fill in historical and narrative context, as well as panels from Kazuo Koike’s original manga to increase scenes of action. Fujita’s direction alternates between carefully composed, mostly static images and rawer, handheld takes of characters in motion.
January 19, 2016
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