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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 path of vengeance taken by a young woman (Meiko Kaji) whose parents were the victims of brutal criminals. Fujita creates a wildly entertaining action film of remarkable craft, an effortless balancing act between beauty and violence. Description by Janus Films. (Dir.: Toshiya Fujita, Japan, 1973, 97 min., DCP, Japanese with English subtitles)