Kill Bill

Kill Bill is the fourth film by writer-director Quentin Tarantino. Originally conceived as one film, it was released in two separate "volumes" (in Fall 2003 and Spring 2004) due to its running time of approximately four hours. The movie is an ambitious, epic-length revenge drama, notable for its homages to earlier film genres, such as Hong Kong martial arts movies and Italian westerns; for its extensive and often creative use of popular music and pop culture references; and for its deliberately over-the-top bloodletting. Its stars include Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Vivica A. Fox, Lucy Liu, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, Michael Parks, Sonny Chiba, and Gordon Liu.

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Kill Bill:Volume 1 Synopsis

Like other Tarantino films, the sections of Kill Bill (called "chapters" in the film) are not presented in chronological order (see the Structure section below). A pre-credits, black-and-white sequence introduces us to The Bride (Thurman), a one-time member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad commanded by the Bride's former lover, the violent and mysterious Bill (Carradine). The pregnant Bride is bloody and bruised, having just been beaten by her former colleagues, presumably at Bill's behest. The Bride is heard telling Bill, “It’s your baby,” but as the words leave her mouth, Bill shoots her in the head.

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Kill Bill:Volume 2 Synopsis

  It is revealed in Volume 2 that The Bride's real name is Beatrix Kiddo. Though this does not occur until past the halfway point, Beatrix is the name used throughout this section to avoid confusion. It is also revealed that Budd is Bill's brother.

Kill Bill: Volume 2 opens with a brief recap of Volume 1, narrated by Beatrix herself: she was betrayed and left for dead by the other members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, and is now hunting them down one by one. She states that Bill is the only one she has left to kill, indicating that this scene is out of chronological order (at the end of Volume 1 she still had three targets left).

The first chapter of Volume 2 takes place at the now-notorious wedding chapel (like all the chapel scenes, it is in black-and-white). Beatrix and her friends are there for her wedding rehearsal when Bill shows up unexpectedly, and for the first time the audience gets to see his face. Though disappointed to see his lover marrying someone else, heREAD MORE

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Kill Bill:Acclaim and Criticism

Much-anticipated by fans and critics (it appeared after a six-year dearth of Tarantino movies), Kill Bill generated a tremendous amount of discussion. Reaction by film critics was positive, though by no means unanimous. Both volumes did well at the box office.


A movie in two volumes
Though released as two movies, the film differs from multi-part “franchise” series like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. The short duration between the releases of the two volumes, and the film’s history and internal structure, strongly recommend that it be regarded as one movie. The dual-release strategy, ostensibly due to the film’s length, has been criticized as an attempt by Miramax to sell two tickets to one movie.

The two-volume format produced another result: the partitioning ended up putting most of the action in the first volume and most of the dialogue in the second, creating a subtle but noticeable difference in tone. Of Volume 2, Sean O’Connell of Filmcritic.com writes, “The drop-off in energy, style, and coherence from…Volume 1 to its bloated, disinteresting counterpart is so drastic and extreme that you can hardly believe they come from the same director, let alone conclude the same storyline.”

Others preferred Volume 2, perhaps because of the relative paucity of sharp, Tarantino-trademark dialogue in its predecessor.


A bloody affair 

Much criticism concerned the amount and presentation of bloodshed and general mayhem . “A cocktail party in an abattoir,” complained one critic.

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Kill Bill:Influences

General

Kill Bill relies heavily on film influences that Tarantino wished to pay tribute to. These include the spaghetti western, blaxploitation and kung fu movies of the 1960s and 1970s, Chinese "wuxia" and Japanese martial arts films, revenge-themed movies such as Lady Snowblood. There are also several references to other films either written and/or directed by Tarantino. Some elements of the story and the character Elle Driver in particular are inspired by the Swedish movie Thriller - en grym film. Tarantino also used the Japanese Lone Wolf and Cub series of Manga and films as an influence on the Bride and her daughter.


Lady Snowblood
Out of all the works Tarantino drew upon, the links to Lady Snowblood are perhaps the easiest to see. The most significant is that the idea of Uma Thurman's character in Kill Bill having a "list" of four enemies to kill is exactly the same as in Lady Snowblood. Another instrument adopted for Tarantino's film was the use of chapters to structure the film. Even in the film itself, one can pick out specific scenes that can show the relationship
between the two films. The scene where Sofie Fatale writhes on the floor after her arm is sliced off is mirrored to a similar one in Lady Snowblood, including the blood that splashes on the camera lens. When reviewing Kill Bill, the UK newspaper The Guardian went as far in 2004 as to comment, “Lady Snowblood, in particular, is practically a template for the whole of Kill Bill Vol. 1.."

Although Tarantino subsequently claimed that he had no intention of passing off the elements of films like Lady Snowblood as his own work, the lack of reference to them in the film credits and before the release did not convince his critics.



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Kill Bill :Trivia

When Vernita Green shoots at the Bride, the gun is in a box of cereal named "Kaboom!" Tarantino is known for his love of cereals that are no longer manufactured, and it is likely he purposefully chose that particular brand due to the irony of Vernita Green shooting a hidden gun through a box of cereal called "Kaboom!".

Budd falsely claims to have pawned his Hattori Hanzō sword in El Paso, Texas. In Pulp Fiction, Butch Coolidge finds a samurai sword in a Los Angeles pawn shop.

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