Love Song of Vengeance
修羅雪姫: 怨み恋歌 (Shura-yuki-hime: Urami Renga)
Sunday, April 4, 2010
1974, 97 min., 35 mm, color, in Japanese with live English subtitles. Directed by Toshiya Fujita. With Meiko Kaji, Yoshio Harada, Juzo Itami. Print courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd.
This sequel to Lady Snowblood, fuelled by the sheer force of overkill—the disturbingly joyful violence and the stylized application of physical power—finds the iconic killing machine / smooth-skinned beauty, Yuki “Snowblood” Kashima (Meiko Kaji) imprisoned for the ghastly vengeance she waged on her family's behalf. She has sent 37 people to hell and though most of them were hardened criminals and cold-blooded murderers, that simply cuts no ice with the judge: she is sentenced to death. While waiting her turn to the gallows pole, a white-gloved secret agent makes Yuki an offer she cannot refuse: assassinate an enemy of the state (who is also a friend to the common people) in exchange for her pardon. Can the “child of the netherworld” see her sins redeemed at the cost of her life, or will she ignore the plight of the powerless—at the cost of her conscience? A sequel that offers both the savage amusement of foul violence and a razor-sharp political edge.
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
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