Lady Snowblood will probably tickle the fancies of several groups of people, at least some of whom are Heroic Readers. Firstly, there’s the Kill Bill fans — this film provided Quentin Tarantino with a great deal of inspiration, both structurally and stylistically. Then there’s the SBS-watchers among us, who have a soft spot for the Lone Wolf and Cub series — this film shares a similar setting and style with those, too, minus the Baby Cart. And thirdly, there’s the … (read more)
The Water Margin is big. Really, really big. Even for a Shaw Brothers production directed by Chang Cheh at the height of his popularity, it’s huge. Involving just about all of the action stars on the Shaws payroll at the time, enormous sets, lots of outdoor shots and four action choreographers, it really does show off the ‘house style’ that Shaw Brothers are famous for.
The film is an adaptation of a small part of the Chinese classic of the … (read more)