Blizzard from the Netherworld
Saturday, April 3, 2010
1973, 97 min., 35 mm, color, in Japanese with live English subtitles. Directed by Toshiya Fujita. With Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Masaaki Daimon. Print courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd.
A baroque blood-fest of a picture, deftly blending samurai, ninja, yakuza, and manga motifs, Lady Snowblood is a revenge tale with many a stupendous turn and a major twist: the ruthless seeker of righteous retribution is a kimono-clad beauty (Meiko Kaji) with stern regal features and avenging-angel eyes, who makes grown men cry in the night. Born in a dark hellhole of a prison, Yuki “Snowblood” Kashima was raised by an ironhanded priest who trained her in the arcanes of sword fighting. Dressed and hardwired to kill, she will find and wreak her bloody vengeance upon the four villains who butchered her family.
Quentin Tarantino drew on Lady Snowblood as the inspiration for Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003). As impressive as one might find Tarantino’s film, fans should definitely experience the formal beauty of the original, a mad mix of shameless grindhouse exploitation and surreal arthouse extravaganza driven by a full-blooded devotion to unstinting gory action.
This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age or older.
Part of the Globus Film Series:
Mad, Bad.... & Dangerous to Know: Three Untamed Beauties
$11/$7 members, students & seniors
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