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To mark the release of the Lady Snowblood films on DVD and Blu-ray, we’ve been given 3 limited edition Steelbook copies of the film to give away. The films stars Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Masaaki Daimon and are directed by Toshiya Fujita.
Next Monday (September 24th) will see the hugely influential Lady Snowblood films lovingly restored and released on Blu-ray for the very first time, anywhere in the world.
From legendary Japanese director Toshiya Fujita, the blood-splattered Samurai masterpieces are widely credited as the main inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies. Packed to the brim with spectacular costume designs, garish sets, beautiful lens-work (courtesy of acclaimed Japanese cinematographer Masaki Tamura), Lady Snowblood’s influence on Tarantino’s Kill Bill films is clear to see.
Kill Bill borrows plot lines, characters, visual motifs and sets from its 1970s predecessor. In particular, the character O-Ren Ishii is based on Lady Snowblood herself. The famous Kill Bill scene in which The Bride fights O-Ren Ishii uses a snowy landscape that echoes scenes in Lady Snowblood. One example is shown below, on the left is an original still from Lady Snowblood, on the right is one from Kill Bill.
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