in about 100 words or less
USA 247m, Colour and B&W
Director: Quentin Tarantino; Cast: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, Lucy Liu, Michael Parks, Vivica A. Fox, Julie Dreyfus, Chiaki Kuriyama, Sonny Chiba, Gordon Liu
Kill Bill is a highly entertaining movie with a non-linear script that tells the story of “The Bride” played by Thurman who seeks revenge for the massacre of her wedding party which left her in a coma for four years. The film’s over-the-top cartoon-like violence is an homage to a number of action genres which is great fun on a number of levels. Artistically, the movie’s art direction and camera work are beautifully executed. While both volumes are full of surprises, Tarantino’s use of an animated sequence in Volume 1 to tell the back story of O-Ren Ishii is most unexpected and effective in this otherwise live action film. Likewise, the casting of David Carradine as Bill and his virtual non-appearance until Volume 2 is brilliant, as are Sonny Chiba’s role as a renowned sword smith-turned sushi maker, and Gordon Liu’s hilarious Pai Mei character complete with Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique (Klaus Ming November 2009).