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Lady Snowblood (free, also Feb. 3 at 11 p.m.)

  • Union South Marquee 1308 West Dayton Street Madison, WI, 53715 United States (map)

Set in the Meiji era, Toshiya Fujita’s 1973 film Lady Snowblood depicts Japan’s struggle between transforming to Western modernity and grasping the ways of its feudal past. And killing. Lots of it. As beautiful as it is bloody, Lady Snowblood tells a brutal tale of mayhem and revenge. Born in a women’s prison during the first snowfall, Yuki (Meiko Kaji) has one purpose: to seek revenge on the man who violently brought her into this world. Her life is devoid of emotions and the connections that bring fulfillment and joy, as killing is all she knows of the world. Fans of Tarantino’s Kill Bill saga will want to familiarize themselves with his source material—he has been open about how heavily influenced he was by Lady Snowblood and its 1974 sequel Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance. —Edwanike Harbour

Earlier Event: February 1
Walkabout (free)
Later Event: February 2
Jerry Seinfeld (7 & 9:30 p.m.)