Posted on 11/28/10 07:31 PM
The ultimate homage to Asian cinema by Quentin Tarantino. An epic first half of a revenge tale with developed villains and heroes.
Laced with black humour throughout, the movie maintains a fresh pace with flashbacks and flashforwards. They begin with an bloody bride, followed with an assassination and then going back to how it all started. There is even a cool animated segment for O-Ren Ishi, one of the five deadly villains that the protagonist must kill in order to exact revenge.
The second half is the biggest surprise, especially if you are familiar with Asian cinema. From the casting of Gordon Liu, Sonny Chiba, and even Chiaki Kuriyama (Battle Royale), you can tell Tarantino did his homework and dipped into his fandom of all things Asian.
From the usage of black and white footage in the Showdown at the House of Blue Leaves, Tarantino homages the Lone Wolf and Cub series, which sometimes pitted the protagonist against a small army. Beatrix Kiddo does the same in her tale, and also takes on talented bodyguards.
Even though you know that The Bride cannot die in this installment (Volume 2), they still manage to make you doubt this. O-Ren Ishi has some powerful bodyguards under her employment and this combined wit the full force of the Crazy 88 gang push The Bride to her limit. This kind of suspense and risk matches the short segments with the samurai sword duels near the end of the film.
A highly stylish and entertaining premise, done with a passion. Excellent camera angles and over the top bloodiness makes for an excellent pastiche from Quentin Tarantino.