the ultraviolence kept reminding me of Kurosawa... the blood spraying (end of Sanjuro)
Actually, in that scene, Kurosawa was parodying the hyperbloody yakuza films. All his other films are basically bloodless.
Didn't know Kurosawa was parodying yakuza flicks with that scene but that doesn't change anything for me. I've seen Sanjuro, none of the yakuza movies of that time.
The bloodshed is inconsequential though, I was still reminded of Kurosawa and the way he used/shot violence. And as for his movies being "basically bloodless," what about Ran
I don't remember but I think Kagemusha was pretty bloody, too.
O-Ren's assassin subplot/character background seemed VERY La Femme Nikita
in what way? I just saw La Femme Nikita this weekend and I didn't notice anything. ORen became an assassin because of revenge and Nikita became an assassin b/c she killed a cop and was forced too.
I take that one back... O-Ren's history didnt remind me of La Femme Nikita
but rather, O-Ren herself (namely the part of the anime where she's in that leather jumpsuit with the sniper rifle... brought the scene where Nikita is sniping from the bathroom to mind. Strangely enough it also reminded me of Besson's other great, Leon: The Professional (rooftop sniping). I don't know, they may not have been actual references but these are things that came to mind while I was watching... that's all.