Kill Bill is one of Quentin Tarantino's most famous films, standing up alongside other giants like Pulp Fiction in popularity and recognition. With fantastic performances by Uma Thurman, Lucy Lii, David Carradine and others, it's a modern hodgepodge of samurai showdowns and old grudges put to rest with cold steel. Bill once ran the deadliest team of assassins that ever took blood money. However, one of his favorites left. When she did, they hunted down The Bride and made her pay. Left in a coma, The Bride wakes up and begins traveling all over the changed world that she's woken up in to exact revenge for her stopped heart, damaged skull and her missing baby.
In the first installment (because there are two), The Bride kills one of her former squad members in America, and then flies to Japan to hunt down O-Ren, played by Lucy Liu. Now the head a Yakuza clan, she runs crime in Japan. The Bride decides that the only way to fight this woman is to first slam through her gang of thugs, and then duel her to the death, one warrior to another. Very honorable, very larger than life, and playing into at least three Hollywood stereotypes that involve a non-Asian fighting with a katana.
All in all, Kill Bill is a bloody romp through a fantasy land the likes of which only Quentin Tarantino could create. With ruthless killers, sword fights, contrived battles and people surviving impossible wounds, it is one of the best action flicks of an era. Despite the emphasis on action and the unbelievably epic storyline though, there are some things that people watching Kill Bill need to be aware of before they sit down in front of the screen.
Just as with Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill feels very episodic. It's like a movie told almost entirely in short films. They weave together fairly well, but there are chapters, flash backs and a variety of other deviations from a linear plot. This can make the film feel confusing at times, particularly when you're trying to figure out why The Bride is fighting someone in one scene and not in another, and why she's jet setting halfway across the world at a moment's notice. But once the film is complete it will answer all the questions that it creates, and leave the audience eager for the sequel, or the final chapter.
From "Reservoir Dogs" to "Kill Bill," Quentin Tarantino's style has always been heavily influenced by Spaghetti Westerns, and Italian director Sergio Leone in particular. Now comes news that he's going to get more literal about the whole deal. IndieWire reported this week that Tarantino is moving ahead with a new film "Django Unchained," using finished script inspired by the work the director did as an actor on Takashi Miike's 2007 film "Sukikyaki Western Django," itself inspired by a series of Italian films from the 60's and 70's.