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Lady Snowblood

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Lady SnowbloodKnown to many people as one of the many films that helped to inspire Tarentino to come up with Kill Bill, Lady Snowblood is an outright seek revenge film, where a young woman, known as Yuki (Meiko Kaji), is born for the single purpose of vengeance. We never know who Yuki’s father is, all we know is that Yuki must find the four murderers who killed her mother’s husband and son. From the beginning Yuki is an unflinching killer and it is only later that she discovers any sort of individual wants, when she meets a writer who insists on making her a source for his writings. It is through his words that Yuki becomes a legend and an annoyance to the criminal world. Kill Bill fans will recognize some of the soundtrack, as Tarentino used one of the main theme songs from Lady Snowblood.

3.5 out 5 stars

Lady Snowblood: Love Song of VengeanceIn Love Song of Vengeance, the story picks up exactly where the first film leaves off. Some will find the production value of Love Song to be more up-to-date, and while the first film was clearly a kill movie, Love Song is more of a political drama. Yuki is now famous for her murders, but she is also wanted by the government’s secret police. They want to use Yuki as an agent to infiltrate the radical rebels who want to change the country’s political system. However Yuki is tired of her empty life of killing and is instead seduced by the radical leader’s philosophy. Yuki instead becomes an agent of the rebels and their struggle for independent freedom from government oppression. Or course this all leads to plenty of fighting in the end, but unlike the first film, Love Song has more developed characters and Yuki’s role sometimes plays secondary to the social issues that the film presents.

3 out 5 stars

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