Kill Bill Vol 1

Kill Bill Vol 1

Quentin Tarantino (2003)

18 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A female assassin wakes from a four-year coma and promptly sets out on a campaign to wipe out her erstwhile colleagues, who tried to kill her at her own wedding - one of whom is now the kingpin of the Tokyo underworld. The first part of Quentin Tarantino's two-part martial arts thriller, starring Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A Fox, Daryl Hannah and David Carradine.

Cast & Crew

The Bride / "Black Mamba" Uma Thurman
Bill 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
Preacher Bo Svenson
Director Quentin Tarantino
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Other Information

Language: English, Japanese +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Oct 2003