This competition is now closed. The winner is Ross Maclean, congratulations!

Even casual film fans will have at least heard of (if not have seen multiple times) writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s violent two-part epic Kill Bill, but not everyone will know it takes inspiration from a pair of 1970s Japanese films. Those films are Lady Snowblood and its sequel Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance, directed by the legendary Toshiya Fujita, and their influence on Tarantino’s hugely successful films is not exactly subtle.

One of the main influences come in the form of the titular character, who looks distinctly like Lucy Liu’s ruthless O-Ren Ishii whom Uma Thurman’s Bride character hunts down in Kill Bill Vol.1. And there’s also similarities in the revenge plotline, music (Lady Snowblood’s theme is used towards the end of the first Kill Bill) and visual motifs. For instance you can see a comparison of the two below.

Competition - Kill Bill and Lady Snowblood comparison1

Lady Snowblood

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Kill Bill Vol.1

Monday September 24th sees the re-release of the two Lady Snowblood films on Blu-ray and DVD, fully restored and remastered for the best effect possible by Arrow Video (who also put out the impressive sets of Demons and Demons 2 earlier this year) with plenty of new special features to boot, including an interview with Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp, collector’s booklet and reversible cover artwork.

In celebration of this Thoughts On Film has a DVD/Blu-ray combo copy to give away to one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is comment on this post with your favourite moment from either of the Kill Bill films. Just make sure to put a valid e-mail address so you can be contacted should you win. The winner will be selected from our favourite comment. Note: The comments below contain major spoilers!

Now time for the the small print:

  • Competition open to UK residents only
  • Only one entry per person
  • Competition closes on Thursday September 27th at 23:59pm GMT

Good luck!

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