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Kill Bill Vols.1 & 2 (2003-04)

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

killbill2Kill 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).

7 comments on “Kill Bill Vols.1 & 2 (2003-04)

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  2. Anthony Lee Collins

    The first Tarantino movie that I needed to see more than once — partly for the enjoyment (though it’s not a lot more enjoyable than Pulp Fiction), but mostly to think about it.

    I ended up seeing it (both parts) three times in theaters. Resulting in a fairly detailed series of comments (I’m not sure it really qualifies as a “review”):

    • Klaus

      I just finished reading your post on Kill Bill Vols 1 & 2, great insights! Now I want to watch them again, and preferably at a theater.

      • Anthony Lee Collins

        I’m still waiting for the big release of Kill Bill as a single movie.

        Maybe that will happen before Volume 3 comes out — to build enthusiasm. 🙂

  3. Klaus

    I’d like to see that as well.

    • Hoosier X

      I’ve seen both parts a bunch of times. That includes seeing both parts shown together at the L.A. revival house The New Beverly Cinema! Right after Part 2 came out, the New Beverly started showing them as a double bill pretty frequently – every six months or so maybe – and I bet I saw it at least three times before I moved away form L.A.

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