Kill Bill Vol. 2

Kill Bill Vol. 2

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Director: Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen

     
 

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Quentin Tarantino's sprawling homage to action films of both the East and the West reaches its conclusion in this continuation of 2003's ultra-violent Kill Bill Vol. 1. Having dispatched several of her arch-enemies in the first film, The Bride (Uma Thurman) continues in Kill Bill Vol. 2 on her deadly pursuit of her former partners in the Deadly ViperSee more details below

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Quentin Tarantino's sprawling homage to action films of both the East and the West reaches its conclusion in this continuation of 2003's ultra-violent Kill Bill Vol. 1. Having dispatched several of her arch-enemies in the first film, The Bride (Uma Thurman) continues in Kill Bill Vol. 2 on her deadly pursuit of her former partners in the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, who, in a furious assault, attempted to murder her and her unborn child on her wedding day. As The Bride faces off against allies-turned-nemeses Budd (Michael Madsen) and Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), she flashes back to the day of her deadly wedding, and we learn of how she was recruited to join the DiVAS, her training under unforgiving martial arts master Pai Mei (Liu Chia-hui), and her relationship with Squad leader Bill (David Carradine), which changed from love to violent hatred. Originally planned as a single film, Kill Bill grew into an epic-scale two-part project totaling more than four hours in length; as with the first film, Kill Bill Vol. 2 includes appearances by genre-film icons Sonny Chiba, Michael Parks, Larry Bishop, and Sid Haig; Wu-Tang Clan producer and turntablist RZA and filmmaker and composer Robert Rodriguez both contributed to the musical score.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The adventures of the Bride (Uma Thurman) continue in Kill Bill Volume 2, the second half of Quentin Tarantino's audacious homage to Hong Kong cinema and the wildly outré potboilers of the drive-in era. Originally intended as the second half of one long film, the sequel picks up where Kill Bill left off, with two members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad dispatched and two more standing between the vengeance-seeking Bride and her former lover and mentor, the quietly philosophical Bill (David Carradine). Volume 2, while not quite as action-packed as its predecessor, is every bit as entertaining in the same over-the-top manner, yet full of the pop culture-spouting dialogue that was missing in Volume 1. The standout sequence is the much-anticipated showdown between the Bride and Elle Driver, the eye patch-wearing assassin played with delicious malevolence by Daryl Hannah. It's a set piece that literally brings the house down. Hannah is absolutely terrific, as is the willowy Thurman, who looks better than she ever has on film -- when she's not drenched in blood, that is. But the top acting honors go to Carradine, whose lengthy banishment to the cinematic outlands of direct-to-video schlock made people forget how good he could be. Tarantino's writing and direction is predictably self-indulgent, but every frame of Kill Bill: Volume 2 is suffused with his love of cinema -- and not just cinema spelled with a capital C. Mr. Q is nothing if not egalitarian, cinematically speaking, and the movie's baroque styling reflects influences you'll never find cited by stuffy academics. This is joyfully exuberant filmmaking at its least restrained, a free-form triumph of style over substance -- and very likely the most exhilarating disc you'll see for some time.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Considering his über-moviegeek persona, it is easy to forget that Quentin Tarantino is a writer. The reason he has traditionally taken so long between projects is that he hones and shapes his screenplays to near perfection. His camera movements, his editing rhythms, and his soundtracks are fully in his head before he shoots a single frame, and every element of filmmaking is utilized to serve the story -- all while he remains loose enough on the set to adapt to the moment (as he did throughout the creation of the fight sequences in Kill Bill). That unique blend of passion and craft -- call it freewheeling deliberateness -- makes Quentin Tarantino one of the best directors of his generation. The first half of Kill Bill, released to theaters six months before the conclusion, celebrated the moviegeek elements of Tarantino's personality -- specifically the geek who has absorbed every Sonny Chiba movie. Where Volume 1 offered the most visually freewheeling Tarantino work ever, Volume 2 showcases how deliberate his intentions are. Take the training sequence with Pai Mei: This looks like every kung fu movie that ever played on a Saturday afternoon on your local UHF station. The cheesy zooms, the arch dialogue, and the faux-mystical bearded mentor are all intricately planned and in place. These elements are not kitsch; Tarantino genuinely loves these genre tropes and wants nothing more than to share that love with the audience while never taking his eye off the story. This is exactly what he accomplishes in Kill Bill, and he does it with confidence. For each Perils of Pauline-like death that awaits The Bride, Tarantino has taken great effort to explain how the skills she has developed over time allow her to escape. That is never more true than in the climactic face-off with Bill. Thank goodness Warren Beatty ended up not playing the part because it is hard to fathom a more perfect choice than David Carradine, whose work here, with his deep, laconic voice and subtly menacing physical confidence, recalls Robert Mitchum. Their nearly 40-minute showdown is much more mental and emotional than physical. That the performers, the film, and the audience so easily adjusts to this new battlefield reveals the writer in Tarantino -- and makes clear his remarkable achievement. Tarantino proves, as he has with each of his films, that a good story well-told will support any and all visual flourishes. He has not transcended the generic revenge story line he has utilized, he has simply made one of the best possible films of that type. While other movie geeks will spend years cataloguing the various musical and camera lifts in Kill Bill, the people who understand and appreciate fine storytelling should marvel at how -- in just four movies -- Tarantino has become arguably the best crime writer of his generation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2011
UPC:
0031398134336
Original Release:
2004
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:16:00
Sales rank:
25,732

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Uma Thurman The Bride
David Carradine Bill
Michael Madsen Budd
Daryl Hannah Elle Driver
Gordon Liu Pai Mei
Michael Parks Esteban Vihaio
Perla Haney-Jardine B.B.
Helen Kim Karen
Claire Smithies Clarita
Clark Middleton Ernie
Laura Cayouette Rocket
Larry Bishop Larry Gomez
Sid Haig Jay the Bartender
Reda Beebe Lucky
Samuel L. Jackson Rufus
Chris Nelson Tommy Plympton
Caitlin Keats Janeen
Jeannie Epper Mrs. Harmony
Bo Svenson Reverend Harmony
La Tanya Richardson L.F. O'Boyle
Shana Stein Erica

Technical Credits
Quentin Tarantino Director,Screenwriter
Lawrence Bender Producer
Dan Bradford Art Director
William Paul Clark Asst. Director
Cao Jiuping Production Designer
K.N.B. EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Liu Luyi Art Director
Koko Maeda Associate Producer
Sally Menke Editor
Dede Nickerson Associate Producer
Kumiko Ogawa Costumes/Costume Designer
Cao Jui Ping Production Designer
Mary Ramos Musical Direction/Supervision
Johanna Ray Casting
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Robert Rodriguez Score Composer
RZA Score Composer
Erica Steinberg Executive Producer
Yohei Taneda Production Designer
Catherine Marie Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
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
Ma Yingli Set Decoration/Design
Zoe Bell Stunts

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