The complete Lady Snowblood
Lady Snowblood ; Lady Snowblood: love song of vengeanceDVD - 2016 | Japanese
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Slums in Love Song, 1974:
There were three slums in Tokyo at the time: Shinami in Shiba, Mannencho in Shit and Samegabashi here in Yotsuya. The residents did various things: There were day laborers,
rickshawmen, stable boys, ragpickers, and criminals of every sort. Left behind by changing times
and the prosperity of victory, the dregs of society lived here as they pleased. There was no end
to their poverty and humiliation, yet they lived with stubborn pride and brash audacity. While many drifters found their way to this slum, the police rarely ventured inside this sort of extraterritorial zone.
As I slogged through the wastelands of Manchuria, gun on my shoulder, you were the only thing
that kept me going. The thought you'd be waiting when I came back home. I refused to die before I made it home. I couldn't. Those thoughts kept me alive, and I made it back.
Yuki...do you have any idea who you're dealing with? You're throwing sand in the wind. This battle is already decided.
Love Song of Vengeance backdrop, 1974:
They defeat injustice in heaven's name. Our soldiers, brave and loyal without peer. Sent off with our cheers. They depart the fatherland bravely vowing, not to return alive unless victorious. At home you are men of accomplishment. Abroad you are warriors, loyal and brave. In September of Meiji 38 (1905), the Russo-Japanese War came to an end. The dead and wounded numbered 370,000. It was a gruesome victory, but it established a firm foundation for the empire's capitalist system. Nonetheless, postwar inflation was severe and the voiceless people quietly nursed a pent-up rage. In those days there was a woman wandering aloof from it all, fixated on her journey of vengeance.
The Asura story, 1973:
Long ago, in the 6th year of the Meiji Era, a gruesome and hellish tragedy befell an innocent family. They were victims of a blood-chilling plot. Time has passed, but who will exact vengeance? Time has passed, but what dark deed remains unavenged? Whose soul is filled with turbulent karma? ... From Mount Kazusa, looking deep into the valley, a little child picks up a pebble... Born to settle an old score. Born to seek vengeance. Knowing neither forgiveness nor compassion she seeks out her enemies, leaving their corpses Without a second glance. Her name was Shurayuki, the child of vengeance.
Yuki (snow,) 1973:
Being a child of the netherworld Yuki received severe training from Dokai. Weighing down her little shoulders were sad thoughts of vengeance, but despite this, Yuki endured great hardships and survived the training. 15th Year of Meiji Era (1882) YUKI KASHIMA, AGE 8
You must never forget that this is your duty. Feel like a beast. Become like a beast.
Are you scared, Banzo? I bet you are. A man like you has memories too gruesome to be able to forget.
An eye for an eye! Snow falls like a funeral for the dead morning. Stray dogs howl in the distance.
As she walks, the sound of her 'geta' piercing the air, she walks on, weighed down by karma, her bull's-eye umbrella embracing the darkness, the woman who walks this path in life gave up her tears Long ago.
The legend, 1973:
Vengeance Binds Love and Hate. Over 20 years have passed. European ideas of social progress
that once greatly unsettled the people are becoming widely accepted. Still, provincial disputes
continue unabated, as do unfair practices by mercenary plutocrats and businessmen, and actions taken by corrupt officials seeking only to benefit themselves. Self-indulgent, rich men and women
grow in number, while the pleas of poor peasants remained unanswered. At this time, there lived a woman of the netherworld. Everyone knew of her ﬂowery beauty, burned a raging desire to hunt down her enemies. People say, what cleanses this world of decay is not pure white snow, but the stained fiery-red snow of the netherworld.
You were born for vengeance, poor child. But, Yuki... you must avenge us without fail. Your father,
your elder brother...and me.
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