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Chapter One: 2 (7)
The film opens in black and white. The Bride is shot in the head by a man sporting a handkerchief marked with the name “Bill”. Bill is played by David Carradine, despite his face not being shown in the first volume.
The narrative then jumps forward in time as The Bride arrives at the Pasadena home of ex- Deadly Viper Assassination Squad member Vernita Green (played by Vivica A. Fox) a.k.a. Copperhead. She fights Vernita and kills her. The Bride is stunned when she finds Vernita’s young daughter, Nikki has witnessed this.
Chapter Two: The blood-splattered BRIDE (4)
We journey back in time to when Sheriff Earl McGraw (played by Michael Parks) and his number one son Edgar McGraw (played by Parks’ real life son James) investigate the scene of The Massacre At Two Pines wedding chapel. Sheriff McGraw discovers that The Bride is in fact still alive after she spits in his face (a motor reflex). NOTE: This could be a reference to the Ozploitation film Patrick (1979) in which the Patrick character has this same reflex.
While comatose in the hospital, The Bride is visited by Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) aka California Mountain Snake. Elle is also an ex-member of the DiVAS (Deadly Viper Assassination Squad). She is convinced by Bill, who appears to now be her lover, not to kill The Bride in her current state.
The Bride awakens four years after being shot in the head and finds her unborn baby gone. She doesn’t have too long to mourn before she is visited by an orderly named Buck and a truck driver. She pretends to be still comatose and finds that Buck has been offering men sex with comatose patients in return for money. She then kills both men.
The Bride takes Buck’s keys, a wheelchair and finds his truck, the Pussy Wagon in the hospital parking lot. She attempts to move her temporarily paralyzed legs and thinks about her future opponents.
Chapter Three: The Origin of O-Ren (1)
The Bride introduces us to another DiVAS member, O-Ren Ishii (played by Lucy Liu), codenamed Cottonmouth. A flashback of O-Ren’s life is shown as an anime sequence. After witnessing the murder of her parents by Yakuza leader Boss Matsumoto, O-Ren takes her revenge at 11 years old, after discovering that Matsumoto is a pedophile. She then works her way up to a very successful career as an assassin and member of Bill’s DiVAS.
We rejoin The Bride in the present (13 Hours after escaping from her hospital room) where she finally gets use of her legs back. The Bride hops in the driver’s seat of Buck’s Pussy Wagon and speeds off…
Chapter Four: The MAN From OKINAWA (5)
The Bride stops in Okinawa, Japan to convince one of Bill’s mentors, Hattori Hanzo (Sonny Chiba), a famous samurai swordmaker to give her one of his prized weapons of death. When she drops Bill’s name, Hattori breaks the oath he made decades earlier to never make another sword. Hattori creates his finest sword ever and presents it to The Bride.
Chapter Five: Showdown at House of Blue Leaves (6)
In the final chapter of Volume 1, The Bride makes her way to Tokyo, Japan and stops at “The House of Blue Leaves”, the hangout of ex-DiVAS member turned Yakuza leader O-Ren Ishii and her army of bodyguards known as “The Crazy 88”.
After getting O-Ren’s attention by maiming O-Ren’s lawyer and best friend Sofie Fatale (Julie Dreyfus), The Bride cuts her way through Gogo Yubari (Chiaki Kuriyama), O-Ren’s top personal bodyguard and the The Crazy 88, O-Ren’s personal army led by Johnny Mo (played by Gordon Liu).
After an action packed, gruesome swordfight where she single handedly decimates The Crazy 88, The Bride faces off against O-Ren and slices the top of her skull off.
The Bride then takes Sofie with her and extracts information before dropping her off at a hospital. Sofie then informs Bill of The Bride being alive and that she is coming for him and the other DiVAS.
At the end of the film, courtesy of Bill, we find out that The Bride’s baby is in fact still alive.
The 4th film by Quentin Tarantino. Released as two different “Volumes” in 2003 and 2004, with an integral version planned for release (premiered in Cannes 2006) in 2007.
Two Volumes, One Film
Kill Bill was created as one film and then released as two volumes. However, it is considered to be one film (the entire saga has also been termed The Whole Bloody Affair). The film in its entirety is divided into ten chapters. The first volume consists of the first five chapters. The second volume is the last 5 chapters. While Volume 1 is a no holds barred, violent Grindhouse Revenge thrill ride, Volume 2 is longer in running time and slows the breakneck speed down to give viewers a more in depth look at the characters Tarantino created. On another level, Volume 1 has a more Asian Kung Fu-Samurai inspired feel while Volume 2 plays more like an American/Spaghetti Western.
Tarantino decided to release a slightly altered version in Japan and some other Asian countries, showing a number of additional scenes of violence, and a full color version of The House of Blue Leaves massacre. The alterations in Volume 2 are only minor recuts and hardly contain major additions.
The Bride, a former professional assassin and pregnant, is shot and left for dead at her wedding, by none other than her former boss Bill. She wakes up from a coma after five years, without her baby, and sets out for revenge. After regaining strength and aquiring deadly weapons, she tracks down Bill’s accomplices, at the same time her follow colleagues, and kills them one after another. Among them are O-Ren, who in the mean time became the head of the Yakuza, Vernita Green, who is now a housewife, and Budd, Bill’s brother, who lives a shitty life in a trailer home. Not until the very end, does she get to face her nemesis, to take revenge for all that he has done to her, only to find out about a surprising truth. But she will Kill Bill.
Facts and Figures
- Film length: 111min (Vol 1), 136 (Vol 2)
- Ratings: R (USA) (Extended Cut: NC-17)
- Format and technical specifications: 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. Panavision. 35mm
- Release Dates Volume 1: October 10, 2003 (USA)
- Release Dates Volume 2: April 16, 2004 (USA)
- Release Date Integral version: ?