Lady Snowblood (1973)

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Lady Snowblood (1973)

Image Credit: IMDB

Image Credit: IMDB

Movie Production

Release Date:

1 December 1973 (Japan)


Toshiya Fujita


Low budget and only had a minimal length of film (20,000 feet)

Motion picture rating:

Not rated, but be warned I would not witch this movie if I were a minor.


This movie follows Yuki Kashima (Lady Snowblood) on a quest for revenge. Before her birth her father and brother are brutally murdered in broad daylight. Shortly after her mother is kidnapped and raped for three days. She is later imprisoned and and with the thought of wanting to seek revenge against the three other people who took away her family, she looks for a way to create and instrument for revenge. She purposefully gets pregnant and hoped for her child to be a boy, but instead gives birth to Yuki shortly after her death.

Yuki is raised as an assassin and only wishes to kill the criminals who killed her family that she will never meet.


This is the first movie review I’ve ever done. So warning before we get into this, I am not that well versed into cinematography like Chris. My understanding of why some shots in moves work or don’t work come from a semester of editing class when I was in art school. I am trying me best here to give you my opinion on a movie.

I don’t watch a lot of Japanese movies so Directors and Cast are very vague when it comes to naming other movies they have been involved with. The only reason I tend to watch movies like Lady Snowblood is due to my father renting things like this when I was younger. So does it hold up to the types of movies I remember watching as a child? Yes, yes it does.

Despite having a small budget they where able to use the¬†architecture from buildings and the landscape of Japan to give off this late 1800’s feel. Yes, more than a few things are sets, but it is still amazing what they where able to accomplish with what they had. On top of that the story was well written with the only plot whole I could see leading into a sequel. As for special effects, if you count fake blood and a few high front flips in the air as special effects it worked well.

Something about a strong female protagonist I find very enjoyable. From watching Yuki grow up from the rigorous training she went through to slashing every person in the way of her target, you can clearly see the growth she went through. Even with this tough audited, there is still a sliver of femininity by the clothes she wears, ¬†acts in public, and wanting to help those who have or will be affected by her kill. At one point I found myself a little mad that one of her targets was killed in a shi… You know what no, I’m not going to spoil that.

Final Words

I really had a hard time not finding my self enjoying this movie. So, I’m skipping over the Good and Bad for now. I will state this again I am not well versed in cinematography like Chris, if people enjoy reading this then I might do a few older movies. The only thing that bothered me was a few scene where the camera was shaky and at the beginning they where jumping back and forth from Yuki to her mother and it took me a bit to get what was going on.

Nonetheless this is a great movie and if you have a few bucks I would say definitely rent it from Google play movies. Do not be a pirate and steal the movie. Please rent it or buy it, by doing this you are not only contributing to sales of said movie but also saying the creators that people out side their country really enjoy what they make.


Apparently during the filming of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, Tarantino made his staff watch Lady Snowblood during breaks. Lady Snowblood was a huge inspiration for Kill Bill.

There is also a sci-fi remake called The Princess Blade released in 2001.


The Good

  • Strong female protagonist
  • Well written
  • Great use of set

The Bad

  • Shacky camera (a few times)
  • Jumps back and forth in time a little bit

Written by: Martin Porras

Just your avid Video Gamer and Anime watcher.

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  1. Christian Galvez December 25, 2016 | Reply

    Great review. There are so many great films in “The Criterion Collection”. I’m seriously thinking about starting a subscription.

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