Director: Toshiya Fujita Run Time: 97 min. Release Year: 1973 Language: Japanese
Starring: Masaaki Daimon, Meiko Kaji, Miyoko Akaza, Shinichi Uchida, Toshio Kurosawa
Gory revenge is raised to the level of visual poetry in Toshiya Fujita’s stunning Lady Snowblood. A major inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill saga, this endlessly inventive film, set in late nineteenth-century Japan, charts the single-minded path of vengeance taken by a young woman (Meiko Kaji) whose parents were the unfortunate victims of a gang of brutal criminals. Fujita creates a wildly entertaining action film of remarkable craft, an effortless balancing act between beauty and violence.