Sunday, January 12, 2014
LADY SNOWBLOOD (1973)
The theme here is revenge. In this case it's revenge of a woman who has had her family murdered in front of her eyes and if that wasn't bad enough she also gets raped and beaten over a few days time. Her vehicle for this vengeance is her daughter who is the titular messenger from the underworld trained her whole life for this mission. This is an equally beautiful-looking and super-violent film filled with plenty of sword-fighting, severed limbs and spraying geysers of blood. This was an obvious inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's KILL BILL. He used some of the music and the snowy setting for that film but check out the original for some great Japanese samurai bloodshed cinema.
There was a sequel the next year and there were a couple of remakes of this including one in 1977(BROKEN OATH) and one in 2001(THE PRINCESS BLADE) .