Kill Bill Vol 2

  • 18
  • Quentin Tarantino (2004)
  • US (SUB)
  • 131 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Long-winded, overly self-indulgent and talky, director Quentin Tarantino's bloated wrap-up of his bloody revenge saga is something of an anticlimax. Detailing how the Bride (Uma Thurman) tracks down Deadly Viper assassins Budd (Michael Madsen) and Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), before facing Bill (David Carradine) and an unexpected "adversary", it's the same mix as before except less visually dynamic and with a lot more unnecessary exposition. Yet the borrowed style (chiefly from Sergio Leone), music (from Ennio Morricone's spaghetti westerns), characters (kung fu master Pai Mei from the Shaw Brothers' movies), props (Carradine dusts off the instrument he played in The Silent Flute), and all the usual obscure genre references still make this compressed exploitation-cinema history lesson into a buff treat. The martial arts action may pack a less gory punch than Vol 1, but there's still plenty here to shock. One single condensed movie would doubtless have sufficed, but then we wouldn't have had the earlier gem to this minor companion piece.

Plot Summary

The concluding part of Quentin Tarantino's bloody martial arts drama, starring Uma Thurman. The Bride tracks down the remaining members of the Deadly Vipers assassin squad that left her for dead, before finally coming face to face with their infamous leader Bill.

Cast and crew


Beatrix Kiddo / The Bride / "Black Mamba" / Mommy
Uma Thurman
Bill / "Snake Charmer"
David Carradine
Elle Driver / "California Mountain Snake"
Daryl Hannah
Budd / "Sidewinder"
Michael Madsen
Earl McGraw / Esteban Vihaio
MIchael Parks
Johnny Mo / Pai Mei
Gordon Liu
Samuel L Jackson
Tommy Plympton, the Groom
Chris Nelson
Reverend Harmony
Bo Svenson
Perla Haney-Jardine
Helen Kim
Claire Smithies
Clark Middleton
Laura Cayouette
Jay the Bartender
Sid Haig
Larry Gomez
Larry Bishop


Quentin Tarantino

Other Information

English, Japanese, Mandarin +subtitles
Colour and Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 23 Apr 2004
Certificate 18
Buena Vista Home Entertainment