Film often attempts to present the ideal killing machine. Action movies are filled with buff, burly men struggling through immediate danger for the good of a justifiable cause. They are good-hearted and skilled but are not convincing. Why is that? Perhaps it is because there is no real belief in them as characters or people. After all, their aims are so simple-minded and are effectively pointless. If that is the case, then why not lean into this more? Take Lady Snowblood as a prime example of this, whose leading character is born out of revenge. Yuki Kashima (Meiko Kaji) is born with the purpose of, eventually, bringing justice to the death of her mother, and that is all we need.