History Film / JoshuuSasori

13th Feb '16 4:35:46 PM Prfnoff
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* EyeScream: This, in a very obvious way regarding the warden, and in a rather less obvious way concerning Matsu. [[IncrediblyLamePun Keen-eyed viewers]] will notice that much of the shot design, from her character design integrating long hair and floppy hat, to camera angles, serves to obscure one of her eyes a lot of the time. Japanese viewers will probably get this, while westerners might well miss it - it's a reference to youkai, Japanese ghost/demon/evil spirits, which frequently have only one eye. The trope crops up in [[GeGeGeNoKitaro various works]]. Additionally, there's multiple moments of close-ups on eyes with a knife held readied in front of them.

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* EyeScream: This, in a very obvious way regarding the warden, and in a rather less obvious way concerning Matsu. [[IncrediblyLamePun Keen-eyed viewers]] will notice that much of the shot design, from her character design integrating long hair and floppy hat, to camera angles, serves to obscure one of her eyes a lot of the time. Japanese viewers will probably get this, while westerners might well miss it - it's a reference to youkai, {{youkai}}, Japanese ghost/demon/evil spirits, which frequently have only one eye. The trope crops up in [[GeGeGeNoKitaro [[Manga/GeGeGeNoKitaro various works]]. Additionally, there's multiple moments of close-ups on eyes with a knife held readied in front of them.
6th Dec '15 2:55:38 PM Morgenthaler
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** The costume is fairly iconic; it's referenced in ''LoveExposure''.
14th Sep '15 3:15:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Revenge}}: The lifeblood of this series. While the link to {{Lady Snowblood}} is better known, this is in some ways just as much of an influence on ''Film/KillBill as the former, e.g. the modern setting, the protagonist's character, the fact that the {{Roaring Rampage Of Revenge}} is something she comes to as an adult (by contrast, the protagonist of Lady Snowblood is fated to it since before her birth). Vengeance comes in a variety of flavours here:

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* {{Revenge}}: The lifeblood of this series. While the link to {{Lady Snowblood}} ''Manga/LadySnowblood'' is better known, this is in some ways just as much of an influence on ''Film/KillBill as the former, e.g. the modern setting, the protagonist's character, the fact that the {{Roaring Rampage Of Revenge}} is something she comes to as an adult (by contrast, the protagonist of Lady Snowblood is fated to it since before her birth). Vengeance comes in a variety of flavours here:
28th Jan '14 3:09:07 AM m8e
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* {{Revenge}}: The lifeblood of this series. While the link to {{Lady Snowblood}} is better known, this is in some ways just as much of an influence on {{Kill Bill}} as the former, e.g. the modern setting, the protagonist's character, the fact that the {{Roaring Rampage Of Revenge}} is something she comes to as an adult (by contrast, the protagonist of Lady Snowblood is fated to it since before her birth). Vengeance comes in a variety of flavours here:

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* {{Revenge}}: The lifeblood of this series. While the link to {{Lady Snowblood}} is better known, this is in some ways just as much of an influence on {{Kill Bill}} ''Film/KillBill as the former, e.g. the modern setting, the protagonist's character, the fact that the {{Roaring Rampage Of Revenge}} is something she comes to as an adult (by contrast, the protagonist of Lady Snowblood is fated to it since before her birth). Vengeance comes in a variety of flavours here:
12th Jan '14 11:01:25 AM TwoGunAngel
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* WomanInBlack: A [[NiceHat wide, floppy sunhat]], [[BadassLongcoat long belted coat]] done up to the neck, flares and gloves tends to be Matsu's preferred garb [[spoiler: having escaped, during her vengeance streaks]].

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* WomanInBlack: A [[NiceHat wide, floppy sunhat]], [[BadassLongcoat long belted coat]] done up to the neck, flares and gloves tends to be Matsu's preferred garb [[spoiler: having escaped, during [[spoiler:after she escapes and goes on her vengeance streaks]].
12th Jan '14 10:58:09 AM TwoGunAngel
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The series centres around Nami 'Matsu' Matsushima, prisoner number 701, also known by the inmates as Scorpion. Seduced, horribly used and casually betrayed by Sugimi, her corrupt detective boyfriend, she is imprisoned for trying and failing to kill him. Her story revolves around her determination to escape in order to get her revenge, and the increasingly large web of bitter feuds and grievances this creates, inside the prison and beyond.

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The series centres around Nami 'Matsu' Matsushima, prisoner number 701, also known by the inmates as ''Sasori'' -- Scorpion. Seduced, horribly used and casually betrayed by Sugimi, her corrupt detective boyfriend, she is imprisoned for trying and failing to kill him. Her story revolves around her determination to escape in order to get her revenge, and the increasingly large web of bitter feuds and grievances this creates, inside the prison and beyond.
12th Jan '14 10:55:46 AM TwoGunAngel
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* [[AntiHero Antiheroine]]: Matsu - a type IV or V. While it's hard not to sympathise with her, she is undeniably merciless, and some of what she does is pure vindictiveness. Although never explicitly stated, she seems to have a code of conduct: help her and she'll help you, mess with her and watch your back, betray her and ''you're going down''.

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* [[AntiHero Antiheroine]]: Matsu - a type IV or V. While it's hard not to sympathise with her, she is undeniably merciless, and some of what she does is pure vindictiveness. Although never explicitly stated, she seems to have a code of conduct: help her and she'll help you, you; mess with her and watch your back, back; betray her trust and ''you're going down''.
12th Jan '14 10:50:11 AM TwoGunAngel
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* [[AntiHero Antiheroine]]: Matsu - a type IV or V. While it's hard not to sympathise with her, she is undeniably merciless, and some of what she does is pure vindictiveness. Although never explicitly stated, she seems to have a code of conduct: help her and she'll help you, mess with her and watch your back, betray her trust and ''you're going down''.

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* [[AntiHero Antiheroine]]: Matsu - a type IV or V. While it's hard not to sympathise with her, she is undeniably merciless, and some of what she does is pure vindictiveness. Although never explicitly stated, she seems to have a code of conduct: help her and she'll help you, mess with her and watch your back, betray her trust and ''you're going down''.
12th Jan '14 10:49:12 AM TwoGunAngel
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->"To be deceived is...a woman's crime"

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->"To ->''"To be deceived is...a woman's crime"crime"''
20th Sep '13 3:49:58 PM TVRulezAgain
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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The featured song across the series, ''Urami Bushi'', features unusually visceral lyrics, sung with very emotional (that is, angry and bitter) intonation. The best thing, though, is that they're sung by Meiko Kaji herself, who is to this day a well-regarded Enka singer in addition to her acting career. Nothing like the personal touch.



* MagnificentBitch: Matsu displays all the main characteristics of one of these. She is highly charismatic, although this usually acts negatively, driving others to hate and/or fear her. She is [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]], using her enemies fears and pettiness against them whenever she can to compensate for her lack of freedom. She's intelligent, observant, daring and quick to use any opportunity to turn a situation to her advantage. And she certainly has [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge a goal]].



* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: The hallmark of the series is its combination of this unexpectedly savage version of the subject matter with repeated recourse to out-of-left-field surrealism.
** The first film's stageplay-like origin story flashback is the first instance of this, with echoes all through the film, created by unexpected coloured spotlighting.
** However, ''Jailhouse 41'' kicks it into overdrive, with a kabuki-like segment and a scene where a bus becomes a courtroom, and the imposition of the surreal onto the real, like the witch, the waterfall or the ending.
** After this, the surrealism quotient drops considerably, but there are still elements of it in ''Beast Stable'''s sewer scenes, sound editing and the music-synched stopmotion effect in the bar scene.
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