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Kill Bill: Vol. 1

111 min | Japan:112 min
Action | Crime
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Quentin Tarantino
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 21 wins & 59 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2003-10-10
Filming Locations: 5506 Atlas St, Los Angeles, California, USA
Budget: $30,000,000
Opening Weekend: $22,089,322 (USA) (12 October 2003)
Gross: $70,099,045 (USA) (28 May 2012)
Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Michael Parks
Michael Parks
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Lucy Liu
O-Ren Ishii
Vivica A. Fox
Vernita Green
Daryl Hannah
Elle Driver
David Carradine
Michael Madsen
Julie Dreyfus
Sofie Fatale
Chiaki Kuriyama
Gogo Yubari
Shin'ichi Chiba
Hattori Hanzo
Chia-Hui Liu
Johnny Mo
Michael Bowen
Jun Kunimura
Boss Tanaka
Kenji Ohba
Bald Guy (Sushi Shop) (as Kenji Oba)
Yuki Kazamatsuri
James Parks
Edgar McGraw
Sakichi Satô
Charlie Brown
Jonathan Loughran
Yoshiyuki Morishita
Tokyo Business Man
Tetsuro Shimaguchi
Crazy 88 #1 (Miki)
Kazuki Kitamura
Crazy 88 #2
Yôji Tanaka
Crazy 88 #3 (as Yoji Boba Tanaka)
Issei Takahashi
Crazy 88 #4
Sô Yamanaka
Crazy 88 #5 (as So Yamanaka)
Julie Manase
Crazy 88 #6 (Girl) (as Juri Manase)
Akaji Maro
Boss Ozawah
Goro Daimon
Boss Honda
Shun Sugata
Boss Benta
Zhang Jin Zhan
Boss Orgami
Xiaohui Hu
Young 88 (Spanked Boy)
Ambrosia Kelley
Nikki Bell
Sachiko Fujii
The 5, 6, 7, 8's
Yoshiko Yamaguchi
The 5, 6, 7, 8's
Ronnie Yoshiko Fujiyama
The 5, 6, 7, 8's
Shu Lan Tuan
Okinawa Airline Ticket Agent
Ai Maeda
O-Ren (anime sequence)
Naomi Kusumi
Boss Matsumoto (anime sequence) (voice)
Hikaru Midorikawa
Pretty Riki (anime sequence) (voice)
Michael Kuroiwa
Crazy 88 Fighter (uncredited)
Christopher Allen Nelson
The Groom
Stevo Polyi
Did you know?
When Chiaki Kuriyama (Gogo) was shooting the scene where she flings her ball and chain out, she accidentally hit Quentin Tarantino on the head while he stood by the camera.
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When The Bride is in the "Pussy Wagon" with her list. When she is crossing off the name "Vernita Green", right above it you can see the name "O-Ren Ishii" that is also crossed off indicating that O-Ren was killed before Vernita even though O-Ren isn't killed until the climax of the film.
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Quentin Tarantino in his conversation with Indian director Anurag Kashyap admitted that that the celebrated manga animation-action sequence in Kill Bill was inspired from 2001 Hindi-Tamil film, Aalavandhan (2001) starring Kamal Haasan. Tarantino was quoted saying 'Yes, saw this Indian serial-killer film which showed violence as animated'.
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When The Bride enters the restaurant, she only has a T-Shirt on. When they enter the attic in the scene directly after, she suddenly has a jacket on. Also, Hattori is suddenly missing his headband when entering the attic.
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When O-ren Ishii's motorbike guard is in the tunnel, you can hear the pitch rise and drop. The first time this happens, the motorcycle is at a fixed point with respect to the camera. In reality, the sound implies that the source is moving toward and then away from the observer, due to the Doppler effect.
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The Bride cuts off the scalp from O-Ren's head. It falls to the ground with long hair. So does O-Ren in the next scene.
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O-Ren Ishii: Silly Caucasian girl likes to play with Samurai swords.
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Hattori Hanzo: [in Japanese] Yellow-haired warrior. Go.
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Hattori Hanzo: Revenge is never a straight line. It's a forest, And like a forest it's easy to lose your way... To get lost... To forget where you came in.
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What is the song that plays when _____ ?
"Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" by Nancy Sinatra: Opening titles, "I was five and he was six/we rode on horses made of sticks/he wore black and I wore white/he would always win the fight/bang bang" etc. Also plays when The Bride enters Hanzo's sushi shop, but only a brief riff."Music Box Dancer" by Richard Abel: Sounds like an ice cream truck; the Bride pulls up and stops in front of Vernita Green's house, checks her list, and rings the doorbell."Ironside (Excerpt)" by Quincy Jones: Commonly referred to [in the script anyway] as the Bride's "Vengeance theme," the screen turns orange as flashbacks of The Bride taking a pounding are shown. Means ass-kickery will ensue."That Certain Female" by Charlie Feathers: Cop drives through desert in car to wedding chapel; he's got sunglasses on his dashboard, wears a cowboy hat."Twisted Nerve" by Bernard Hermann: Elle whistles as she walks from her car to The Bride's room, the same tune a strange man whistles as he walks down the hall in Twisted Nerve. Elle gets dressed into her nurse's outfit and draws red liquid into a syringe."7 Note In Nero (7 Notes In Black)" by Vince Tempera & Orchestra: The Bride kills the man who was going to rape her; begins shortly after the blackout. The Bride finds out her legs aren't working, falls flat on her face, finds a buck knife [how . . . well, not ironic, but still], and slices Buck's Achilles' Tendon."Truck Turner" by Isaac Hayes: The Bride searches the parking deck for Buck's Pussy Wagon. She finds it, checks the keys--yep, that's it."The Grand Duel, M10" by Luis Bacalov: The "Wiggle your big toe" scene."The Grand Duel (Parte Prima)" by Luis Bacalov: 1st part of the anime sequence."I Lunghi Giorni Della Vendetta" by Armando Trovajoli: O-Ren's father is killed by the Yakuza."Run Fay Run" by Isaac Hayes: Sniper O-Ren shoots a man in an entourage of limousines; he's got a beautiful woman on each arm."Bang Bang (Excerpt)" by Nancy Sinatra: The Bride enters Hanzo's sushi shop."Wound That Heals (aka Kaifuku Suru Kizu)" by Salyu: The Bride looks over rack after rack of swords in Hanzo's attic."The Lonely Shepherd" by Zamfir: Hanzo inspects and gives the sword to The Bride."Armundo" by David Allen Young: The presentation of Sofie Fatale, GoGo Yubari and Johnny Mo."Yakuza Oren 1" by The RZA: O-Ren speaks to the Crime Council after decapitating Boss Tanaka."Green Hornet" by Al Hirt: The Bride arrives by plane in Tokyo, walks through the airport. Gogo drives O-Ren through town surrounded by men on motorcycles. The Bride flies through town on her yellow motorcycle."Battle Without Honor Or Humanity" by Tomoyasu Hotei: The Bride speeds away at the stoplight; O-Ren and subordinates walk through House of Blue Leaves."I Walk Like Jane Mansfield" by The Ends as O-Ren enters."I'm Blue" by The Plays during the scene involving O-Ren's dart and Gogo's investigation."Woo Hoo" by The Long shot of The Bride walking through restaurant to bathroom, Sofie walking to bathroom, ends with The Bride hearing Sofie's ringtone."Ironside (Excerpt)" by Quincy Jones: The Bride sees Sofie in the ladies room. Vengeance theme."From Man to Man" by Ennio Morricone: The Bride calls out O-Ren Ishii. O-Ren watches The Bride slice off Sofie Fatale's arm, and the restaurant patrons exit the building as she bleeds profusely.Soundeffects by Flip Sting: The Bride vs Gogo--The Bride backflips over Gogo's ball-and-chain."Crane" by The RZA: The Bride, surrounded by Crazy 88s looks at them in the reflection on her sword."I Giorni Dell'Ira (Day Of Anger)" by Riz Ortolani: The Bride removes a Crazy 88s eyeball; we switch to black-and-white."Champions Of Death" by Shuzsuko Kibushi: The Bride faces off against Johnny Mo's two swords upstairs."Super 16 (Excerpt)" by NEU!: O-Ren retreats to the garden."Police Check Point" by Harry Betts: The Bride fights Crazy 88s, flips over one's back."White Lightning" by Charles Bernstein: The Bride is cornered with a speared Crazy 88; gets an idea."Nobody But Me" by The Human Beinz: The Bride, two swords, slices off legs of Crazy 88s."Banister Fight" by The RZA: The Bride and Johnny Mo face off whilst standing on a banister. The Bride slices his legs off."Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" by Santa Esmeralda: O-Ren removes her shoes, and she and The Bride fight; ends when The Bride's back is sliced open."The Flower Of Carnage (Shura No Hama)" by Meiko Kaji: O-Ren drops her sword; she's been scalped."Yagyu Conspiracy" by Toshiaki Tsushima: Background music of the "second reason" speech The Bride makes to Sofie Fatale while she lies in the trunk of her car."The Lonely Shepherd" by Zamfir: The Bride writes her death list on the plane/end titles."Urami Bushi" by Meiko Kaji: End titles.
Are we really supposed to believe that she can stay in a dead guy's truck for 13 hours without the cops finding her?
No, just like we are not supposed to believe that arterial spray is that insane and that a very, very old Chinese man can stand on the tip of an outstretched sword (as happens in vol. 2). The film generally does not take a hard, realistic tone. It's possible that it could have been near the beginning of Buck's eight hour (or possibly longer) shift when The Bride took him out. Perhaps the next nurse coming in decided not to check on them for a while because s/he had other things to do, and no one found the bloody mess in the room for over thirteen hours. They were in the coma ward, where nurses possibly didn't check on the patients that often. By the time he was found, with all the usual shock of the discovery of a double homicide, it's entirely possible they didn't get around to checking his truck by the time the Bride left. Not to mention, if they did check for his truck they would see that it was still there, and possibly wouldn't check inside. Seeing as how the truck wasn't stolen, they may not have found it necessary to check it. The Bride also takes the keys to Buck's truck, and without those for identification, no one else might have known which car belonged to Buck.
What are the differences between the international version and the Japanese version?
The uncensored DVD edition of Quentin Tarantino's homage to the Asian cinema has been released only in Japan so far, and therefore is simply one of the most discussed versions. Tarantino mentioned the longer Japanese version in an interview even before the theatrical release, thus additionally heating up the discussion. The final scene, which can be seen in full color in the JP version only, and also other extended scenes of violence made this version extremely popular. A detailed comparison between the theatrical version and the unrated version with pictures can be found here.
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Photos from cast
Uma Thurman Michael Parks