Doesn't work as an exploitation, but it's a helluva movie. It has that garish Toho color chiaroscuro, a fairly clever editing logic, and an adept Meiko Kaji, embodying needed pain and menace behind a thick layer of animus. The constant dialogue exposition conflicts with every realized scene.
If you are a fan of QT this is essential viewing material. I had long heard this film influenced Kill Bill, but was surprised to see how much it inspired the way he makes films period. Chapter breaks, the score, the use of music in general, projectile blood, and countless other Tarantino staples are on full display here.
Kurosawa's body of work may be more important and the Zatoichi series may be the go to for popular samurai entertainment, but when I want to be swept away I turn to Lady Snowblood. Unabashedly melodramatic, saturated with candy apple colored gore, and draped in a mood so dense you could cut it with a katana, Toshiyo Fujita's film is the most intoxicating chanbara ever made. And the theme is to die for!
Sprayed with blood and drenched in gore, this is as artistic as mind blowingly brutal violent entertainment gets. It is also essentially the original Kill Bill, making that film look like less inspired by Lady Snowblood and more a near remake of it. Like a great Tarantino movie, this is bloody fun and stylized stylistic moviemaking that is designed for mostly the purpose of entertaining, via bloody vengeance.
Lo mejor de "Lady snowblood", la forma narrativa en que se desglosa el evocativo-mítico de una mujer que hereda la venganza de su madre. Es también la mezcla del estilo que representa lo fotográfico, el manga e incluso lo poético (en el intro como en el final). Lo más débil, la coreografía de combate. Esa torpeza con la que se desenvuelve la hace sin embargo poseedor de un espíritu B. Sí; la semillla de "Kill Bill".
"Shurayukihime" is a play on words: "Shirayukihime" is the Japanese name for Grimm's "Snow White". "Shura" means pandemonium or carnage; it's also a reference to Asura, the anti-gods in Buddhism who are born trapped in violence and harmful passions. Children bear the burdens of their parents' sins and hatred, unable to find peace without bloodshed.
A nice twist on the vengeance tale, but style is where LADY SNOWBLOOD really stands out. The non-linear storytelling, illustrated segments, titled chapter breaks, and nifty James Bond/Spaghetti Western score combine into a movie that takes familiar elements and spins them in unfamiliar ways. The influence on Tarantino's style is as undeniable as his use of plot elements and themes from this movie.