Kill Bill Vol 1

  • 18
  • Quentin Tarantino (2003)
  • US (SUB)
  • 106 min
Kill Bill Vol 1
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Film Review
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4 out of 5

Quentin Tarantino marshals a bewildering number of multi-genre references into a hypnotically entertaining whole in this violent martial arts revenge drama. The former video-shop worker's love of everything from Brian De Palma split screens and Eurotrash horror to Hong Kong exploitation and Ennio Morricone music finds its way into this guilt-by-association cinematic celebration. Giving a searing performance, Uma Thurman plays one of the Deadly Vipers, a crack assassination squad led by the Bill of the title (David Carradine). Left for dead on her wedding day, she falls into a coma, only to awaken four years later swearing revenge on her traitorous co-workers. Vol 1 deals with two members on her Death List Five: Vernita Green (Vivica A Fox) and O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu). Dripping with bloody ultra-violence and using startling flashbacks, knowingly fake dubbing and a quite brilliant anime section, Kill Bill is both a daring experiment in sampled cinematic language and scrounged style, and a gloriously enchanting work of neo-art in itself.

Plot Summary

Martial arts drama starring Uma Thurman and directed by Quentin Tarantino. A deadly assassin known as "Black Mamba" swears revenge on the traitorous fellow killers who left her for dead on her wedding day.

Cast and crew


The Bride / "Black Mamba"
Uma Thurman
David Carradine
O-Ren Ishii / "Cottonmouth"
Lucy Liu
Elle Driver / "California Mountain Snake"
Daryl Hannah
Vernita Green / "Copperhead"
Vivica A Fox
Budd / "Sidewinder"
Michael Madsen
Sheriff Earl McGraw
Michael Parks
Hattori Hanzo
Sonny Chiba
Go Go Yubari
Chiaki Kuriyama
Sofie Fatale
Julie Dreyfus
Johnny Mo
Gordon Liu
Pai Mei
Quentin Tarantino
Bo Svenson


Quentin Tarantino

Other Information

English, Japanese +subtitles
Colour and Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 10 Oct 2003
Certificate 18