Kill Bill Vol. 1

Kill Bill Vol. 1

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Director: Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox

     
 

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Perhaps the most highly anticipated film of 2003, Kill Bill Vol. 1 marked the return of renowned filmmaker Quentin Tarantino after a six-year hiatus. Re-teaming the director with Uma Thurman for the first time since 1994's Pulp Fiction, the film was originally the first half of what was to be a three-hour-plus movie before being split into two films.See more details below

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Perhaps the most highly anticipated film of 2003, Kill Bill Vol. 1 marked the return of renowned filmmaker Quentin Tarantino after a six-year hiatus. Re-teaming the director with Uma Thurman for the first time since 1994's Pulp Fiction, the film was originally the first half of what was to be a three-hour-plus movie before being split into two films. Thurman stars as The Bride, one-fifth of a team of assassins called DiVAS. When The Bride opts to leave the outfit for a life of marital bliss, it doesn't sit well with her boss, Bill (David Carradine), so he has her former cohorts, played by Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, and Michael Madsen, show up at the nuptials, leaving behind a blood bath. Miraculously, The Bride survives a bullet to the head and, four years later, she sets out for revenge against her four assassins and their employer. The story is concluded in Kill Bill Vol. 2, released six months later.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Oddly billed as "The 4th Film by Quentin Tarantino," Kill Bill, Vol. 1 is the film-geek auteur's self-consciously ostentatious fusion of American gangster movies, Japanese manga, and Chinese martial-arts films. Willowy Uma Thurman stars as a female assassin targeted for extinction on her wedding day by former coworkers under the direction of her mysterious old boss, Bill (David Carradine). After spending years in a coma, she unexpectedly revives and sets out to wreak vengeance on the killers who murdered her loved ones. Vivica A. Fox and Lucy Liu are the first team members to feel Uma's wrath, and there are more to follow, presumably in Vol. 2. (Shortly before release, the epic film was cut into two shorter parts.) There's no more plot than this; Tarantino presents just enough exposition to prepare the viewer for a succession of over-the-top fight scenes, each more outlandish than the last. His visual and aural references to various films are too numerous to count, although you don't have to be familiar with the other movies to enjoy this one. Kill Bill represents the director at his dynamic best: Totally unrestrained and supremely self-assured, Tarantino has manufactured a great big gob of eye candy -- a flamboyantly excessive piece of entertainment that reflects not just his reverence for movies but also his love of the filmmaking process. Remarkably, the movie lacks the witty, hard-boiled dialogue that helped build Tarantino's fan base. Not that it’s really missed, as the fast-paced, blood-soaked mayhem manages to mesmerize just the same, and certainly whets appetite for Vol. 2.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 1 is the work of a master filmmaker falling in love with directing all over again. After a layoff of six years, Tarantino pulls out all the stops to serve up an entertaining shot of action cinema. The film has momentum and an infectious sense of over-the-top fun that manifests itself in the various styles Tarantino employs. The anime section is brilliantly conceived and, quite frankly, live actors performing the story would have probably kept the film from getting an R rating. The same is true of the decision to film in black-and-white during the final battle. Had the splattering blood and flying limbs been presented in color, the ratings board would probably have balked. However, by choosing to shoot the sequence in black-and-white, Tarantino gets around that problem and forces the viewer to concentrate more on the choreography and the editing than the bloodshed. Judging this film is dicey, as it truly is nothing more than the first-half of a movie that was always intended to be a three-hour extravaganza. Kill Bill Vol. 2 hit theaters the following year and answered the question as to whether Vol. 1 was an emotionally empty exercise in (admittedly highly entertaining) style(s), or the first half of an epic that contained hidden depths of character and nuance.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2011
UPC:
0031398134329
Original Release:
2003
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
26,658

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Uma Thurman The Bride
Lucy Liu O-Ren Ishii
Vivica A. Fox Vernita Green
Daryl Hannah Elle Driver
Julie Dreyfus Sophie Fatale
David Carradine Bill
Michael Madsen Budd
Michael Jai White Alburt
Chiaki Kuriyama Go Go Yubari
Michael Parks Sheriff
Sonny Chiba Hattori Hanzo
Liu Chia-hui Pai Mei
Gordon Liu Johnny Mo
Samuel L. Jackson Rufus
Caitlin Keats Janeen
Chris Nelson Tommy Plympton
La Tanya Richardson L.F. O'Boyle
Shana Stein Erica
Bo Svenson Reverend Harmony
Quentin Tarantino Pai Mei
Michael Bowen Buck
5.6.7.8's House Band

Technical Credits
Quentin Tarantino Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Lawrence Bender Producer
Dan Bradford Art Director
William Paul Clark Asst. Director
Peter Davidson Set Decoration/Design
Mary Finn Set Decoration/Design
Production I.G. Animator
Zhang Jinzhen Asst. Director
K.N.B. EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Leung Wai Kit Special Effects
Tam Kia Kwan Special Effects
Jaco Wong Hin Leung Special Effects
Koko Maeda Associate Producer
Sally Menke Editor
Dede Nickerson Associate Producer
Kumiko Ogawa Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Ramos Musical Direction/Supervision
Johanna Ray Casting
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
RZA Score Composer
Erica Steinberg Executive Producer
Yohei Taneda Production Designer
Catherine Marie Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Tommy Tom Special Effects
Mark Ulano Sound/Sound Designer
Lars Ulrich Score Composer
E. Bennett Walsh Executive Producer
David Wasco Production Designer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Zoe Bell Stunts

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