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KILL BILL (Released in 2 Volumes)

Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Jason Biggs, Sonny Chiba, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, Lucy Liu. LaTanya Richardson, Bo Svenson, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Jai White

Directed by : Quentin Tarantino.
Written by : Quentin Tarantino.
Action Choreographers: Yuen Woo Ping (kung fu), Sonny Chiba (samurai)
Distributor: Miramax Films

WORLD PREMIERE: May, 2003, Cannes Film Festival
VOLUME 1
US: 10/10/03
UK: 10/10/03
VOLUME 2

US: 16 APRIL 2004
UK: 23 APRIL 2004

In this film noir tale, an assassin called the Bride (Thurman) is shot down, with child, by her employer (and recent bridesgroom), Bill (Carradine) and other members of their assassin circle, at her wedding (along with everyone at the wedding). She, however, survives, though a bullet in her brain keeps her in a coma for five years. She wakes up PISSED OFF, soon setting out to seek... revenge. She seeks out the various members of the assassin group, globetrotting to kill them each in order, saving Bill for last. It's also possible that characters from some other Tarantino projects, or even other movies he wasn't involved with, may also appear (source: AICN). (Madsen plays Bill's brother; Liu plays the "queen" of the Japanese Yakuza; Hannah plays his second-in-command)

(20 May 2003)The huge hiatus between Kill Bill and Jackie Brown could be a killer. Tarantino came along in the early 90s and did to movies what the Sex Pistols did to music in the mid-70s. Kicked it up its smug assinine ass. But has his time been and gone? To be honest this flick sounds like overblown crap - a paraody of QT's former greatness. Hope I'm wrong - dead wrong. Mind you, even Tarantino on cruise control is better than Charlies Angels on Full Throttle.
MEDIA BUZZ
10 Oct/Reuters: Tarantino tunes in with 'Kill Bill'
7 Oct/Reuters:Critics split on Tarantino's bloody 'Kill Bill'
5 Oct/Reuters: Kill Bill' producer survives late-nights
1 Sept/Moviebus: Kill Bill split avoids Oscar clash
17 July/Moviebus: Kill Bill in 2 parts

VOLUME ONE REVIEWS
Film Critic/NY Daily News
Chicago Trib/Cincinatti Enquirer
New York Post/New York Times
Reel Reviews/Washington Post
Rolling Stone/Hollywood Reporter
Weekly Standard/

VOLUME TWO REVIEWS
Chicago Trib/Chicago Sun-Times
NY Daily News/SF Chronic
New York Post/New York Times
USA Today/Washington Post
Cincinnati Enquirer/E! Online
Roliing Stone/Reel Reviews
Film Critic/Hollywood Reporter
Boston Globe/


Ebert & Roeper
Dave Reviews Out Loud

Uma Thurman gets ready to give some extra the chop


KILL BILL VOLUME 1

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KILL BILL VOLUME 2

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THE BORE OF DIMINISHING RETURNS
Remember when Tarantino was so hip it hurt? Course you do! You read the style mags and were in at the beginning. You were hot to trot for the Q-Man before the plebs got wise.

Well get wise to this. It's over man. I was there. Reservoir Dogs was so cool and so bright you had to wear shades. Pulp Fiction reminded us that you could cut films in a way that still had a beginning, a middle and an end. But not necessarily in that order. Thrilling stuff that took the conventions of the genre and replayed them back so you weren't sure whether it was real or Memorex.

Well Kill Bill ain't real. It isn't even unreal. It's a complete bloody mess. And not simply in the slashed, hacked and mutilated body count. At times I disliked this movie intensely on many levels. Most of all because Tarantino is now the establishment figure who figures that he no longer has to surprise his audience. Anyone with half a brain (like me) already knows that if he's doing a Kung Fu movie, then he's going to be more bloody, more violent and more outrageous than all the movie references he can steal - sorry "homage".

So if you're expecting that, then you will not be disappointed. However if you'd like some well-rounded characters - as in Pulp Fiction, then forget it. If you'd like something to make sense, like Bruce Willis returning to his home to pick up his dad's watch, then forget it.

In fact, regarding Bill? Forget it. Period. (Great music track though.)

 


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