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Lady Snowblood

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Main Details

  • Released in 1973
  • Colour / B&W
  • 97 min
  • Production Co: Toho
  • Directed by Toshiya Fujita
  • Music by Masaaki Hirao
  • Cinematography by Masaki Tamura
  • Based on Manga by Kazuo Koike
  • Starring Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Masaaki Daimon, Miyoko Akaza, Ko Nishimura, Noboru Nakaya.

Also Known As

  • Original Title: Shurayuki-hime

Sequel and Influences on Kill Bill

The film spawned one sequel, Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance. A 2001 science fiction remake, The Princess Blade, stars Yumiko Shaku. It was also a major inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, which borrows plot, characters, visual motifs and settings. In particular the character O-Ren Ishii is based on Lady Snowblood. The scene in which The Bride fights O-Ren Ishii uses a snowy landscape that echoes scenes in Lady Snowblood. The theme song, "Shura No Hana", sung by Meiko Kaji (translated by Tarantino as "The Flower of Carnage") is also used in Kill Bill, Vol. 1. According to Meiko Kaji, Quentin Tarantino made the staff of Kill Bill watch DVDs of Lady Snowblood during break times. (Wikipedia)

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