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Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)

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Critic Consensus: Kill Bill is admittedly little more than a stylish revenge thriller -- albeit one that benefits from a wildly inventive surfeit of style.

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An entire wedding party is slaughtered during a dress rehearsal in a rural chapel: the pregnant woman in the blood-splattered wedding dress is Black Mamba, better known as The Bride. The assassin, Bill, and his circle known as The Vipers left The Bride for dead, but unluckily for them she was merely comatose. Four years later, The Bride suddenly awakens from her coma and realizes what has been done to her. She sets off on a ferociously focused mission, setting out to seek revenge on her former master and his deadly squad of assassins. One by one, she kills the various members of the assassin group. She saves Bill for last.

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Cast

Uma Thurman
as The Bride/Black Mamba
Lucy Liu
as O-Ren Ishii/Cottonmouth
Vivica A. Fox
as Vernita Green/Copperhead
Daryl Hannah
as Elle Driver/California Mountain Snake
Michael Madsen
as Budd/Sidewinder
Sonny Chiba
as Hattori Hanzo
Chiaki Kuriyama
as Gogo Yubari
Julie Dreyfus
as Sofie Fatale
Jun Kunimura
as Boss Tanaka
Liu Chia-Hui
as Pai Mei
Yuki Kazamatsuri
as Proprietor
James Parks
as Deputy Sheriff Edgar McGraw
Gordon Liu
as Johnny Mo
Chris Nelson
as Tommy Plympton
Kazuki Kitamura
as Boss Koji/Crazy 88 Bodyguard #2
Akaji Maro
as Boss Ozawa
Goro Daimon
as Boss Honda
Bo Svenson
as Reverend Harmony
Shun Sugata
as Boss Senta
Larry Bishop
as Larry Gomez
Kenji Ohba
as Hanzo's Sushi Bar Assistant
5.6.7.8's
as House Band
Sakichi Satô
as Charlie Brown
Toshituri Morishita
as Tokyo Business Man
Ambrosia Kelley
as Nikki Green Bell
Tetsuro Shimaguchi
as Crazy 88 Bodyguard #1
Toji Bora Tanaka
as Crazy 88 Bodyguard #3
Issei Takahashi
as Crazy 88 Bodyguard #4
So Tamanaka
as Crazy 88 Bodyguard #5
Juri Manase
as Crazy 88 Bodyguard #6
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Critic Reviews for Kill Bill: Volume 1

All Critics (226) | Top Critics (44)

A strange, fun and densely textured work that gets better as it goes along.

Full Review… | May 7, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Even more gory and adolescent than its models, which explains both the fun and the unpleasantness of this globe-trotting romp.

Full Review… | May 7, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's all bang, bang; no kiss, kiss. But this is still bravura film-making from a prodigious talent, and Thurman may yet prove its saving grace.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There is no ironic overlay in Tarantino's movies, no 'commenting' on the pop schlock he's replicating. He simply wants to remake in his own way the kinds of movies he's always loved, and he's about as uncynical as a movie geek can be.

August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

I would argue that, in a bizarre way, Mr. Tarantino empowers women as no action-genre director before him ever has.

October 16, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

Simultaneously a spectacular act of movie-making and a slight movie.

Full Review… | October 12, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kill Bill: Volume 1

The last 45 minutes of this thing are pure cinematic heaven. The steps taken to get to this point are slightly less satisfying, but ultimately 'Kill Bill: Volume 1'' is a fitting tribute to the various action flicks of the 60's and 70's.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

Kill Bill is just another piece of over-hyped fanfare with no real merits. Like many of QT's other products, there is a shock-value installed through violence which does nothing but make the film gratuitously brutal. If you remove all graphic scenes from KB you are left with a sadly inept script, bad acting and a "funky" if not cacophonous soundtrack (sound like Reservoir Dogs?). Luckily for us, QT knows Americans can remember violence much longer than great writing so he can reap his rewards. I'm not even going to compare this film to the thousands of Asian KungFu knockoffs. Everyone knows a Hollywood-produced movie will succeed if it's the first time an American audience "discovers" it (The Matrix, Jackie Chan flicks, etc -- none of which are consdiered novel by HK cinema standards).. Why can't QT make a picture with the qualities of other acclaimed directors like Kubrick, whether it's visual (2001), dialogue-driven (Paths of Glory) or both (A Clockwork Orange)? Leave the violence behind and jump on a more creditable bandwagon. 1/2 star 05-2007 (Updated)

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

A former member of The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad is betrayed and left for dead on her wedding day and sets about revenging herself upon her erstwhile colleagues. Quentin Tarantino has often been accused of plagiarism in the past, and Kill Bill not only happily acknowledges his many homages it positively revels in them, right from the "Shawscope" intro screen. His films are clearly a labour of love and every reference, every shot, every song on the wittily compiled soundtrack, even every sound effect has been carefully selected. Tarantino's films are not, as many po-faced critical snobs suggest, style over substance because the style IS the substance. This is a movie for the movie lover and Tarantino's skill is in his ability to seamlessly blend so many genres, from anime to martial arts to samurai to film noir to spaghetti western to blaxploitation and create something entirely his own. If his audience dried up, I'm in no doubt that he would continue making films even if it cost him his last dollar, for the sheer pleasure of it and if it ever came down to that, I'd happily chip in.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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