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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 ...
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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.
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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: 4/13/2004
  • UPC: 786936227000
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Miramax
  • Format: VHS

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
5.6.7.8's House Band
Michael Bowen Buck
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 Voice Only
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
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Zoe Bell Stunts
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    One of my favorites!

    I am a total film snob. I can't hardly watch newer movies because I think most of them are pointless, badly written, have bad acting, and are really just a waste of time. THAT SAID...I absolutely love this movie! It's one of Tarantino's best (I'm a huge fan). I'm not even that into action flicks, but this one has enough good writing and enough twists and turns in the plot that I get completely absorbed into it every time I watch it. Awesome, awesome movie :)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This move has EVERTHING!

    I loved this movie so much. It has everything you'd ever want in a movie: funny, great acting, original plot, amazing soundtrack, and an amazing script. If your set off from the bad reviews they're probably just not used to quirky movies. Quintin Tarantino's style is very interesting/weird, he pretty much takes things he liked from bad movies, make it his own and it comes out awesome. The blood squirts out of peoples bodies because in some japanese anime thats what happens (an example of crap into awesome), WARNING! This movie is pretty gory so if your not into or can't handle that kind of stuff don't watch this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    an uncommon movie made of common material

    I absolutely loved this movie and its sequel, and it was a gateway for me to other films by director quentin tarantino and others. people think that tarantino wanted us to take the gore seriously instead it was a comedy mechanism, and i find it a little disturbing that people think that they should take it seriously, because it was so blatenly fake. truthfully the violence isn't that bad, yes it is worse than that of other movies, but the gore and violence is so artificial that it isn't sqeamishly unbearable. also, for you to watch a quentin tarantino movie you have to know quentin tarantino and his style of directing. he very frequently takes elements from other movies and apply them to his, so the claim that this movie is plaigerism would be correct, but not fair i mean look at pulp fiction that movie cranks out references and material from other movies almost non-stop, and yet it is a great movie. and if you are so worried about you children watching it don't let them. i think this is more of a defense than a review, but i extremely adore and enjoyed this movie along with volume 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    To Kill Is To Love

    This is by far Quentin's Best! I went behind my parent's back to see this film, and have bought it. I waited months to see this film about revenge! Uma Thurman is now my favorite actress, i even liked her in "My Super ex Girlfriend." This film is cheezy gore, so people afraid of blood can laugh during this sleaze-filled-saga. And this is only the first half! The scenes in Anime, though? Come on, Quentin! But the scenes she kills, the movie explodes with violence. I loved the crazy 88, but even the small scenes (Vivian Green) were amazing. This is not a Quentin drag on film. In fact, there are little scenes that don't end into a severed head or a ripped out tongue. Beats even Pulp Fiction & Death Proof! Don't miss this revenge film best served cold...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So Awsome

    I didn't get to watch the whole movie but what I watches was amazing.I mean Uma, Lucy and others were perfect for this movie. It had great music like Bang Bang My Baby Shot Me Down. And I bet everyone had to work really hard for the Kung Fu moves. Especialy Uma.It may be bloody but I can take it. And I think it should be PG13 because there is a young girl in it and she can't watch it so yeah.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YEAH!

    This is Quentin's third best (behind Pulp Ficion and Resevoir Dogs). It is a very well made, action-packed movie that still feels like Tarantino. This is worlds better than the dissapointing 2nd part. I don't understand why everyone is so mad because of the action if it was gone, would it really be all that good? NO! This isn't a kids' movie either, so don't complain about the violence and gore. This movie really stood out, and the additions like the anime sequence and characters like Hatori Hanzo made this movie absolutely perfect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This was dissapointing and alright.

    I watched this movie last night, I thought it was truly dissapointing but it was a pretty good story though. It was dissapointing for me because Quentin Tarintino is one of my favorite directors of all time. Watching this I was asking myself, "Tarintino Lost HIS MIND, what was he thinking?" The things that made this film dissapointing were the violence, the out of control gore, and some of the scenes that were really sick. The first sick scene was when Uma Thurman killed Vivica A. Fox's character, and she turns around and her victims daugther was behind her watching the entire murder. That was just so sick. The other sick part of the movie was when the one guy tried to rape her, thinking that she was in a coma. THen she ripped the guys tongue out of his mouth. I was just, rolling my eyes at that part. The gore was just mindless and uncalled for. This is exactly why parents are getting worried about their kids watching movies nowadays. But don't get me wrong, it did have some great parts. Like when Uma Thurman was fighting Lucy Liu in the snowy garden. That was very clever, and artistic. The directing was however very good, Tarintino hasn't lost his touch. The story was good, despite the sick and disturbing scenes. Overall the movie was disturbing, and dissapointing, but it was decent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mindless action at it's best

    Don't be fooled that because this movie is by a guy like qunetin tarantino it must be artsy and metaphorical. It is the exact opposite. Tarantino brought out the chihld in himself with this film, which is pure mindless action, but it is also the best pure mindless action movie i have ever seen. It's a shame kill bill 2 was so awful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kill Bill vol. 1

    This is movie is simply the best with so much blood and awesome fight scenes with samurai swords and other weapons. Great film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TARANTINO IS AMAZING!

    Wow..."kill bill" is some of Tarantino's best work! He is always way ahead of the "next big thing" and I think that he is a genious. Casting David Carradine as Bill, Uma Thurman as the Bride,and Lucy Liu as O-Ren Ishii was the best thing he could've done. Some people "get" the humor in the outrageous fight scenes,laugh at the blood and love it...but some don't and freak out. So, if you like his other work and can stand the sight of blood,I HIGHLY RECCOMEND "KILL BILL".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good but could have been better!

    The battle scenes were so outragiously bloody that it lacked in belief. When you chopped off his head blood spurted everywhere and didn't stop for five freikin minutes. Uma Thurman did a very good job but you know her feet are just ugly. Lucy Lui was very good in this film and very villianus. Vivica A. Fox was alright but she wasn't in there for very long so I could't really judge her. So over all kind of disapointing but an alright film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Utterly AWESOME!

    This movie is the best the Tarantino has made by far. His casting was amazing, hiring Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Chiyaki Kuriyama, Darryl Hannah, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, and the legendary Sonny Chiba, was just screaming GENIUS. The story: A young woman has just quit a secret organization called 'The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad' and is getting married to the man of her dreams. She is abruptly interrupted when her former co-workers decide to crash the ceremony and kill everyone in the chapel...everyone, except for her. 'The Bride' (Uma Thurman) is out to seek revenge for the killing of her friends and daughter in this blood-spattered tale of revenge. If you enjoy revenge flicks with high amounts of action and blood, then this is the movie for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BLOODY GOOD MOVIE

    Kill Bill vol.1 is one of Tarantinos best! When I rented this movie alls I wanted to do was see Kill Bill vol.2 but it was a month since Kill Bill vol.2 came to theaters so I couldnt see it. About a month later after i rented Kill Bill vol.1 I bought it and watched it 3 times on the same day. It has a brilliant sword fighting scene when Uma goes up against the crazy 88. It also has great music it has great acting and I loved the pussy wagon :-) it has realy realy cool bloody violence and cartoon violence. Its a very fun film to watch and if you havent seen it BUY IT NOW

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The ultimate revenge movie

    When I saw the previwes for this movie I did not think much of it. I thought it would be worth seeing but just a typical revenge movie. This movie turned out to be one of my favorites of all time. I can not give Tarantino enough credit. Uma Thurman was perfect along with the rest of the cast. This is a must see movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My 2nd favorite Tarantino movie.

    Uma Thurman kicks a** in this movie...and i mean that literally. Great directing by Quentin. Genious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gotta see it...

    I began watching KB Vol 1 with as much trepidation as I had when I saw 'Saving Private Ryan'. Unlike SPR, this movie's violence, opening scene aside, was so over the top it was silly. However, the opening scene does leave its mark after the film is over and the final scene in KB Vol 1 will leave you unable to skip KB Vol 2, which is where the real movie begins. Again, with much trepidation that that movie would pick up where this one's opening left off and be unbearable gore, it was an awsome surprise. But you do have to see them both and in order or KB Vol 1 would be a disappointment to watch after the fact. I'd love to see Uma and David in a pre-quel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kill Bill

    Kill Bill, Volume 1 is an exceptional movie from an exceptional director. Uma Thurman's performance is spectacular! Volume 1 is vile yet absorbing with gorgeous directing. The story and style of this motion picture is captivating and may be one of the greatest scripts ever written. Volume 1 takes place in an unrealistic world, however, the characters and their emotions couldn't be more real. Kill Bill, Volume 1 shouldn't be missed by anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Movie kicks major @$$!!!!!

    i watched this movie in april and i loved it sooooooooooooo much!! i would defienetly give it 5 stars! (well duh look up) but it was kind of gorier than other movies i have seen, but thats what you get with with Tarantino movies......This movie kicked major @$$!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A hilarious, without a doubt, kick-butt bloodbath!!!!

    WOW!!!! Talk about a movie that can give u nothin' but 'bloody satisfaction'!!!!!! Quentin Tarantino is da MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nuff Said!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A movie covering all genres

    This film covers every genre: Kung-fu, exploitation, spaghetti western, yakuza action flick, and many more. Tarantino has created a film which recalls pretty much every explotiation flick from the 70s and creates a ride for the viewers that lasts from the moment we see the old vintage 'And now our feature presentation' to the flim's wonderful cliffhanger ending that will leave you speachless. Tarantino proves himself not only to be a great new action director but one that sets the standard for today's action film. Tarantino not only gives his film style, but also a great story that only grows in depth in the film's second volume. Also, it must be said that Uma Thurman gives an outstanding pefromance that is both physically and emotionally demanding. She pulls it off wonderfully. As for the DVD, it's pretty much bare-bones. The picture and sound are great, but the special features are lacking (a making of featurette and some trailers, but that's it). It's obvious he's saving them for a massive DVD pack for volumes one and two. However, if you can't wait that long (and you shouldn't, this is such an enjoyable movie), pick this DVD up and enjoy a movie by one of the greatest director's of this generation.

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