Outside of the recent J-Horror entries and my beloved Godzilla films, I am completely inexperienced when it comes to Japanese cinema. It is difficult for me to rate films like this because I have no means of comparison within the Japanese revenge or samurai sub-genres. Based on what I have seen, though, this is an area that I would love to explore. LADY SNOWBLOOD is easily one of the best Japanese films I have ever seen, offering a brilliant narrative and stunning cinematography built on an intricately structured revenge plot. Yuki was born for one purpose: to avenge her mother, who's husband had been killed by four cons before she was repeatedly raped for days. After her mother cursed the villains that ruined her life, she gave birth to a child of the netherworlds, who would be raised and trained as an assassin sent out to kill the ones responsible for her parents deaths. The film would serve as director Quentin Tarantino's greatest inspiration for the similarly-themed KILL BILL decades later, borrowing generously from SNOWBLOOD's structure and plot. Each of the roles are perfectly envisioned by the cast, offering dramatic live-action representations of the original manga characters set to tons of bloody cartoon violence and gore. There are very few moments where the pacing slows or the plot feels contrived, but overall this is an excellent film and comes highly recommended!
Number of views: 1.
Special thanks to Aaron from The Death Rattle for this recommendation!