Kill Bill: Vol. 1

October 10th, 2003

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Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Gordon Liu (Center)Still of Chiaki Kuriyama in Kill Bill: Vol. 1Sonny Chiba and Lucy Liu at event of Kill Bill: Vol. 1Still of Vivica A. Fox in Kill Bill: Vol. 1Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman in Kill Bill: Vol. 1Still of Uma Thurman and Lucy Liu in Kill Bill: Vol. 1

The Bride wakes up after a long coma. The baby that she carried before entering the coma is gone. The only thing on her mind is to have revenge on the assassination team that betrayed her - a team she was once part of.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 8.2/10 (318,759 voted)

Critic's Score: 69/100

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah

The lead character, called 'The Bride,' was a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, lead by her lover 'Bill.' Upon realizing she was pregnant with Bill's child, 'The Bride' decided to escape her life as a killer. She fled to Texas, met a young man, and on the day of their wedding rehearsal was gunned down by an angry and jealous Bill (with the assistance of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad). Four years later, 'The Bride' wakes from a coma, and discovers her baby is gone. She, then, decides to seek revenge upon the five people who destroyed her life and killed her baby. The saga of Kill Bill Volume I begins.

Writers: Quentin Tarantino, Quentin Tarantino

Uma Thurman - The Bride
Lucy Liu - O-Ren Ishii
Vivica A. Fox - Vernita Green
Daryl Hannah - Elle Driver
David Carradine - Bill
Michael Madsen - Budd
Julie Dreyfus - Sofie Fatale
Chiaki Kuriyama - Gogo Yubari
Sonny Chiba - Hattori Hanzo
Chia Hui Liu - Johnny Mo (as Gordon Liu)
Michael Parks - Earl McGraw
Michael Bowen - Buck
Jun Kunimura - Boss Tanaka
Kenji Ohba - Bald Guy (Sushi Shop) (as Kenji Oba)
Yuki Kazamatsuri - Proprietor

Taglines: Here comes the bride


Official Website: Miramax [Germany] | Official site [Hungary] |

Release Date: 10 October 2003

Filming Locations: 5506 Atlas St, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $22,089,322 (USA) (12 October 2003) (3102 Screens)

Gross: $178,398,138 (Worldwide) (5 June 2004)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Japan:

Did You Know?

The restaurant where The Bride fights O-Ren is called The House of Blue Leaves. The House of Blue Leaves is a play written by John Guare.

Continuity: The scene in the end of the film in which Budd says "That woman deserves her revenge" is mirror inverted to that exact same scene in Kill Bill Vol. 2. In Vol. 1 his face is on the left side of the screen whereas in Vol. 2 it's on the right.

[first lines]
Bill: Do you find me sadistic? You know, I bet I could fry an egg on your head right now, if I wanted to. You know, Kiddo, I'd like to believe that you're aware enough even now to know that there's nothing sadistic in my actions. Well, maybe towards those other... jokers, but not you. No Kiddo, at this moment, this is me at my most...
[cocks pistol]
Bill: masochistic.
The Bride: Bill... it's your baby...

User Review


Rating: 10/10

A lot of people have come up to me and said "How can you love Quentin that much, he is just too extreme!" or "Oh come on, Kill Bill is just SO not realistic.." Yes. No.

Mr. Quentin Tarantino is rather extreme, yes, and it's lovely! And No. Kill Bill is not realistic, but it's not meant to be realistic! Just like... Lord of the Rings, that's not realistic either! But because it has clear unreal elements, like wizards, it's acceptable?

You don't go to see Kill Bill, or any other Q.T-film to see "Stepmom", in the same way you don't go to a Marilyn Manson concert hoping that they will play some Spice Girls..

Kill Bill, both volume 1 and 2, is absolutely gorgeous! The art direction is beautiful! The camera angles are perfect... just Gorgeous! The lighting, the sound, the dialogs... and of course, the details! No one works with small details the way Quentin does. I must also say that the soundtrack is brilliant and the whole film is just so well casted! Uma Thurman is perfect in the leading role, Darryl Hannah has never been this good before, ever! And Chiaki Kuriyama, even though she has a quite small role, is excellent, even better than she is in "Battle Royale". David Carradine is painfully perfect, Michael Madsen is ALWAYS excellent, but never as good as when he works with Tarantino. I must also say that Sonny Chiba was great. I've never been a big fan of Vivica A Fox until now, and I used to think that Lucy Liu was just your average actor but she turned out to be fierce. Pretty much everyone who is in this film is ten times better than they've ever been.

But above all things, Kill Bill is artistic, beautiful... Perfect colors, perfect everything... gotta love it.

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