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Kill Bill Vol. 1
- Uma Thurman

Overview - After a six-year hiatus, Quentin Tarantino returns to the director's chair with KILL BILL. The movie proves once again that he is a hyperactive visionary and the master of cinematic coolness. Split into two volumes by Miramax in order to ensure that Tarantino's vision would not be compromised (and presumably to sell more tickets), KILL BILL: VOL.  Read more...

 
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Overview

After a six-year hiatus, Quentin Tarantino returns to the director's chair with KILL BILL. The movie proves once again that he is a hyperactive visionary and the master of cinematic coolness. Split into two volumes by Miramax in order to ensure that Tarantino's vision would not be compromised (and presumably to sell more tickets), KILL BILL: VOL. 1 tells the first half of the sprawling story, which is quite simple at first glance. A female assassin, referred to as "The Bride" (Uma Thurman), is attacked on her wedding day. Dead are her soon-to-be husband and unborn child. However, she doesn't die. Four years later, she wakes up from a coma looking for revenge. Although her ultimate target is her former boss, Bill (David Carradine), it's quite clear that The Bride is saving the best for last. And before she can track him down, she must methodically take out the minions who ruined her life. VOLUME 1's targets include Vernita Green/Copperhead (Vivica A. Fox), Sofie Fatale (Julie Dreyfus), and the heartless O-Ren Ishii/Cottonmouth (Lucy Liu). Using a blessed sword handmade by Hattori Hanzo (Sonny Chiba), The Bride begins her relentless assault. Turning up the style and energy levels that he kept under a threshold with 1997's JACKIE BROWN, Tarantino's obvious glee and reverence for the underground kung fu action pictures of the '70s, and Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns, makes for a stunning visual spectacle. Employing split screens, slow-motion, an anime sequence, and his trademark ultra-hip musical selections, Tarantino's film dares viewers to be unimpressed.

Cast List

The RZA - Composer, Member Wu-Tang Clan
Robert Diggs - Composer, Member Wu-Tang Clan
RZA - Composer, Member Wu-Tang Clan
Chiaki Kuriyama - Actor, KILL BILL (2003)
Quentin Tarantino - American director/screenwriter/producer, PULP FICTION
Sonny Chiba - Japanese actor: IMMORTAL COMBAT/"Hattori Hanzo" series
Shinichi Chiba - Japanese actor: IMMORTAL COMBAT/"Hattori Hanzo" series
Chia Hui Liu - Actor; martial arts films, THE SHAOLIN DRUNKEN MONK
Gordon - Actor; martial arts films, THE SHAOLIN DRUNKEN MONK
Ka Fei Lau - Actor; martial arts films, THE SHAOLIN DRUNKEN MONK
Ka-Fai Lau - Actor; martial arts films, THE SHAOLIN DRUNKEN MONK
Gordon Liu - Actor; martial arts films, THE SHAOLIN DRUNKEN MONK
Julie Dreyfus - French actress, KILL BILL
Vivica A. Fox - American Actress
Vivica Fox - American Actress
Sally Menke - Editor
Lucy Liu - Actress, CHARLIE'S ANGELS (2000), CHICAGO (2002)
Lucy Alexis Liu - Actress, CHARLIE'S ANGELS (2000), CHICAGO (2002)
David Carradine - American actor, KUNG FU, KILL BILL
Michael Madsen - Actor, RESEVOIR DOGS/KILL BILL VOL. 2
Robert Richardson - Director of Photography, CASINO (1995)
Lawrence Bender - Producer
Uma Thurman - American actress, PULP FICTION
Daryl Hannah - American actress, SPLASH, KILL BILL, STEEL MAGNOLIAS

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 031398134305
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: R
  • Release Date: September 2014

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Movies > Action/Adventure

Related Keywords:
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Theatrical Release: October 10, 2003

Reviews:
"...It's a tale of vengeance that hinges on Tarantino's love of ferocity as spectacle..." - 10/17/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.57-8


"...Quite brilliant....It's all here: the sudden shifts of tone, the flip-flopping time structure, the supercool slo-mo, the exquisite humour, the pitch-perfect performances and, of course, the trademark dialogue..." - 11/01/2003 Total Film, p.88-9


"...In KILL BILL, Tarantino brings delicious sin back to movies -- the thrill you get from something down, dirty and dangerous..." - 10/30/2003 Rolling Stone, p.99


"...There are some strong and diverse flavors, as well as vivid colors in the mix, all of them deftly reflected in the hip-hop artist RZA's clever, eclectic score..." - 10/10/2003 New York Times, p.E1


"...Tarantino can glean excitement out of someone walking across a room....And he's funny..." - 10/10/2003 USA Today, p.1E


"...The ultimate film-geek freakout, a compendium of 1960s and 1970s cine-references..." - 10/10/2003 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"...A strange, fun and densely textured work that gets better as it goes along..." - 09/29/2003 Variety, p.56-64


"...This is a down-and-dirty kung fu picture..." - 12/01/2003 Sight and Sound, p.40-2


"A new wrinkle on pastiche -- the first bona fide mainstream mix movie, and long live the director as DJ." - 01/01/2004 Film Comment, p.45


4 stars out of 5 -- "KILL BILL offers many glimpses of Tarantino's maverick genius..." - 01/01/2008 Empire, p.194

 
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