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Directed by Toshia Fujita

Japan 1973 97 mins. In Japanese

Set in the late 1800s when Japan began to emerge from its feudal isolation, this cult classic features as its protagonist a female samurai—a rare figure in a film genre traditionally dominated by men. After a woman is victimized by three assailants who rape her and kill her husband, she sleeps with every man she can in order to produce a child who will seek her revenge. From this auspicious beginning, Yuki (Meiko Kaji) is born, who dedicates her life to martial arts training and becomes Lady Snowblood. At the age of twenty, her sword carefully concealed in a parasol, Lady Snowblood embarks on a blood-drenched quest to avenge the villains who wronged her mother.

Genres: Thriller, Drama

Appears in: Samurai Cinema

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