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.


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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Special Features

The making of Kill Bill Volume 1; The "5, 6, 7, 8's" bonus musical performances; Tarantino trailers:; Reservoir Dogs; Pulp Fiction; Jackie Brown; Kill Bill Volume 1 teaser; Kill Bill Volume 1 bootleg trailer; Kill Bill Volume 2 teaser

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'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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Kill Bill Vol. 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
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This is the greatest movie I have seen in a long time. Quentin tarantino is a genius. I can't wait until Kill Bill Vol. 2 comes out in Feb. Uma Thurman is perfect as 'the bride'. Lucy Liu is also great as well as the actress who played GoGo. I love this movie and highly recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind a lot of blood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kill Bill vol.1 was the most awsome, best, most action packed movie I have ever seen in my life. The story is great from beginning to end. It is unique and filled with many surprises(like the anime scene, sorry if I spoiled it for you) and of course lots of gore. I cannot imagine this movie without all of the gore and violence. If you haven't seen this movie you might as well have never lived. It is in my opinion Quentin's best movie and the best movie of the decade. It never gets boring and the martial arts is excellent. I gurantee that anyone who likes violence and a good action movie with a good story they will love this movie. I can't wait until Kill Bill vol.2 comes to theaters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is so unbelievably cool that I was born anew in its genius.An instant classic.Quentin Tarantino took the underrated 'spaghetti-western',samurai and 'blaxpoitation' genres,and put them together with his own style and infused it with pure coolness to achieve cinematic greatness.This film is intoxicating in the way it seamlessly blends action,humor and storytelling.Truly brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kill Bill Vol.1 to me represents the ultimate in the post-modern action/ hero movie genre, simply because you have a woman in the title role, as opposed to those mid 80's early 90's action duds (ex. Stallone, Seagal, Van Damme)--With the rise in action heroines on both TV and Film, this movie shows the power, grace, and viciousness women can wield. Note that most of The Bride's enemies are women. Kill Bill vol. 1 is a mod. movie classic in the sense that it succeeds in both the visual and audio aspects--much like Pulp Fiction. The soundtrack is up for a grammy this year. Most of you who didnt see the movie in theatres with the awesome sound system, may not get the same impact of as i did, but nonetheless its still great. (esp the little bit tracks) You dont get too many movies like this--thanks to Mr. Tarantino and Ms. Thurman and everyone else involved in making this movie. It has definately inspired me to create my own work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was good, very good, and really good. thank you for reading this
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Q does it again and throws in a little more to this excellent blend of kung fu, western, and just plain fun. Anyone who doesn't see this film, doesn't need to be watching movies. And even though it was the first half of a whole movie, it felt like a full movie. Sure I was left wondering what was going to happen, but I felt closure anyway. If you love girls, humor, samurai blades, or just a great plot, watch this film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definatley one of the best movies in the world. Worth seeing over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never thought that he would be able to top Pulp Fiction. But QT has amazed me! This is my favorite Tarantino movie so far, but then again KB2 hasn't come out yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I missed this in the theaters, and I've been anxiously waiting for it to come out on DVD. I wasn't disappointed. This isn't normally the type of movie I would plan to see -- it was more that the title had originally caught my attention, and seeing trailers of it piqued my interest. It didn't seem like I'd been sitting there for nearly 2 hours watching a movie; there was so much happening so fast, the time passed quickly. I had read that the violent parts didn't seem so violent, since they were so overdone it was humorous. That was definitely correct. Overall, much better than I was expecting; I know I'm going to watch it several more times before I have to return the DVD, and even though it's only three days, I'm very much looking forward to vol. 2.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chicks with guns and knives killing a room full of ninjas. It is terrible. If the women werent hot I'd give it a one star.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't really have a problem with blood and gore - Hollywood is fascinated by it, and so too seems to be the audiences. However, this is the only movie I have ever walked out of. Having hospital staff sell comatose patients' bodies to grimey men to rape is untasteful and horribly grotesque. That alone is enough for this movie to be one of the most repulsing movies I've seen. But maybe America is that desensitized that using women's bodies as simply something to screw is now found humerous. This movie was disturbing and could have been exactly what it was meant to be by focusing on the gore and fighting scenes. That what most people went to watch. I give it one star because zero stars is not an option.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the BEST Quentin Tarantino film yet. The Special FX were GREAT. The plot was THE BEST and the acting was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best movie I have seen in a long time, Uma & Caradine are in top form, great acting and action. Can't wait for the DVD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a new generation of a Tarentino film. Yeah, his movies are VERY violent, but that is not the thing. The thing is that, his movies entertain us. Kill Bill Vol.1 is most certainly going to entertain you. Sure, there are some slow points, but it's a Tarentino film for god's sake. You need to know the story. And the story sends a message. You can not trust everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed previous films by this director, and always anything starring Uma Thurman - but this was a terrible let down. The directing was almost child like, the special effects (especially the gore-pumping hacked off limbs) grew tiresome. The obvious plagarism of the Ironside theme was offensive, and didn't fit. I used to wonder about the human values of those who produced or starred in this gratuitous offal-now I wonder about a culture that gives this worthless film any credibility.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie definetly lives up to Tarantino's other movies. Every one should go out and see this if their up for an action-packed thriller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was simple, but great. I love the idea of the main character's quest for revenge and what she'll do to get it. The plot, twists, and swordplay are very well done/ All I have to say is Quentin Taratino is still a fantastic Director.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't you just envy Quentin Tarantino's ingenuity? Somehow he is able to take bits and pieces from kung fu movies, spaghetti westerns and anime and weld them into something better than the sum of their parts. No one argues that he borrows from other genres and even directly from other films, but if that's what bothers you about this film, you're missing the point. He's taken all the great bits from the films he loves and has made a coherent, energetic and downright cool film with quotable lines and action sequences that will have the rest of Hollywood scrambling to keep up. Out of all the remakes and garbage films that get the green light now, Kill Bill vol. I stands out as a sharp and wildly inventive film that real cinema fans will enjoy for a long time to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alot of people don't understand Tarantio's style of humor and storytelling. It's a basic revenge style movie. Kill Bill Vol 1 one was everything I expect from a Tarantino movie and more. I love sword fights and duels, Uma Thurman was hella sexy throuhout the movie. Slicing her way threw everyone and everything. I guess no one got that the Violence in the movie was suppose to be not believeable, your suppose to laugh at it. The movie makers were not trying to make a realistic film. Just a fun movie all around, 5 stars. Kill Bill Vol 2 was suprisingly more human of a movie, but still equally good as the first. If you like old Kung-Fu movies, this is a must own on DVD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tarantino's latest flick is a cold, nerve-numbing piece of eye candy. Is it funny? Is it serious? Is it a tribute to the films Tarantino grew up on or a weak imitation? Tarantino himself doesn't seem to know. In one scene we see a little girl watch her own mother get killed (by our hero Uma 'The Bride' Thurman no less), in another we see Uma comically slice and dice her way through a endless barage of assassins. The movie contantly jumps from comic book violence that almost makes one chuckle to dark, gut-wrenching gore that makes one squirm - a very uneven balance. But what really makes this one a bomb is the unfortunate absence of Q's razor-sharp dialogue that slices better than any of the swords wielded in this pic. Jules in Pulp Fiction packed more of a wallop in a single phrase or look than all of the violence (funny or otherwise)in this 2 and half hour bore.