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5.0 out of 5 stars So you want to know if this film is for you..., 3 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Lady Snowblood / Lady Snowblood 2 Limited Edition SteelBook [Blu-Ray] [1973] (Blu-ray)
Lady Snowblood is essentially an exploitation flick. The type of viewer who would get enjoyment out of this kind of film is one who loves slashers and violent horror of any genre.
However, I must say that being a rather old Japanese film, the cultural context, mannerisms and acting style will all be lost on 98% of western viewers, i.e. those who are not used to watching Asian cinema or are not of Asian decent. This does not detract from the entertainment value though if the viewer has an open mind and does not expect something akin to a Chinese martial arts film like Crouching Tiger or House of Flying Daggers.
Nope. Lady Snowblood is a good ol' slasherific revenge movie with low budget set pieces, cheesy dialogue, shockingly fake blood effects (although the violence is mild by todays standards), and a satisfying ending of carnage. The theme song "Shura No Hana" is surprisingly effective as a haunting track and adds to the overall feeling of loneliness in the film. The best quality of Lady Snowblood though, in my opinion, is the fact that it takes itself very seriously and is ultimately grounded on a harrowing tale of wrongful murder and anguish that is relate-able, not silly like other mock horror films- you actually care if Yuki is able to get her revenge or not.

As for Part 2: Love Song of Vengeance, lets just say that it's pretty much extraneous and does not hold a candle to the original. Despite not being a bad film per se, what it does is change the feel and legacy of the original, from a revenge motif to one of governmental conspiracy and social injustice.
But why choose Lady Snowblood as a vehicle of such a film? Her presence and significance in the script is secondary to almost every other character. Take her out of it and one would not see any connection between this and the original movie.

Having watched the original Lady Snowblood in VHS quality format I'm glad to say that the remastered Blu-Ray version is clearly a great improvement in terms of picture quality and sound.
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