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Kill Bill Vol. 1

Okay, the color for today is yellow.

But seriously, that's just Tarantino's homage to the great martial arts icon, Bruce Lee. You have Uma Thurman in a yellow track suit, I mean, come on.

And this entire film is one big homage to the kung fu shows of the seventies, like the ones that starred David Carradine, who incidentally also stars here as the main villain, Bill. But we don't get to see his face yet. Just his voice.

Vol. 1 is of course the "girl on girl" action flick, since the two assassins that the Bride slaughters are female. Director Quentin Tarantino also makes sure that the Bride remains unnamed, putting in bleeps when her character's name is mentioned. Anyway, so the Bride kills Vivica A. Fox and Lucy Liu. She also gets to cut off Sofie Fatale's arm, and kill the pretty Gogo Yubari. But she doesn't kill Bill. Yet.

Great work on the music, by the way, as the original music score was done byt the Rza. I think Tarantino got the Rza on board after listening to the Wu-Tang Clan and their love for everything Eastern. Anyway, I don't know how much of the soundtrack was original music, and how much was simply remixed, but the Rza got the kung-fu mood dead on.

Tarantino's sets are spectacular, by the way. Especially that last fight with O-Ren Ishii. White and yellow plus light snowfall equals win. But the way the top of O-Ren's head got sliced off--disgusting. Reminded me too much of Hannibal.

I only have one problem though, and that is the editing. Especially during the fights. There were some cuts that just didn't feel right. Well, to pull off a well-edited fight scene requires storyboarding, and from what I remember about Tarantino, I think he storyboards in his head instead of on paper. I'm not really sure though, I might have forgotten.

So that, ladies and gentlemen, is Vol. 1. Tune in next week for Vol. 2. Same time, same station. Well, maybe not next week, as I still have to get a copy of it.

*some info from IMDb
pic from moviesfilmsmotionpictures.wordpress.com

Kill Bill Vol. 1. USA. 2003.

Rating: Seven out of ten.


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