A pleasant narrative due to the chemistry between Kenichi Matsuyama and Kiichi Nakai and the satisfying delivery of a visual and narrative climax.
A very engaging samurai narrative that does not only offer an intriguing glance at one of the most important crossroads of Japanese history, but also a melodramatic exploration of one subject’s function in it.
“A highly enjoyable sequel that, once more, delivers heart-warming light-heartedness, comical action-sequences, and touching musical moments.”
“This film remains, after all these years, a highly enjoyable narrative that succeeds to please the spectator with heart-warming light-heartedness, comical action, and beautiful musical moments.”
“A fabulous narrative that offers a satisfying exploration of the tragedy of phallic ambition and the destructive potential of desire.”
“Ishii’s narrative meanders a bit too much, but it luckily never outstays its welcome.”
“A very enjoyable fantastical horror period-drama that excels in creating an unsettling spooky atmosphere.”
“A wonderful and refreshing blend between the jidai-geki/chanbara and the kaiju genre.”
A veritable horror classic.
“An enthralling audiovisual experience and a powerful critique of the Japanese political system.”
Introduction With Lady Snowblood: Blizzard of the Netherrealm (1973), an adaptation of Kazuo Koike’s popular manga Lady Snowblood (1972 – 1973), Toshiya Fujita created a beautiful, strong demonic woman who turns killing people, with her sharp sword, into an elegant art. Fujita’s sequel about this deadly beauty is, contrary to first narrative, not based on…
a very enjoyable revenge-narrative that, surprisingly, still holds up well today.
“Sakaguchi reveals that what truly stirs the imagination of the spectator is not shining special effects, but true skill and physicality of the actor’s presence.”
“A powerful subjective statement against the prowling nature of the Japanese police.”
A deep and detailed exploration of the beginning of cinema in Japan.