Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Movie Review - Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance

After loving Toshiya Fujita's 1973 revenge film, Lady Snowblood, (trailer) I couldn't wait to see the sequel.

In Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance (1974) the title character, played by the lovely and amazing Meiko Kaji (if there was ever a reason to watch these movies beyond swords, samurai, and revenge it is her performances) doesn't have the personal grudge she had in the first film.

She has now become more akin to a spirit of vengeance traveling the countryside killing every villain who crosses her path. After she is captured and used by the secret police to infiltrate a rebel group she turns the tables on the evil establishment.

Though the story is grounded in a factual historic setting, the storyline is less engaging than the first film and Lady Snowblood is little more than a tool for the real protagonists and antagonists of a film that would have been better standing alone without the assassin's involvement.

That said, everyone should pick up Lady Snowblood. After you fall in love with the first, you will want to take the time to check out the sequel.

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