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Kill Bill

The Complete Guide

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Overview

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Kill Bill films

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Characters

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List of Kill Bill characters

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Beatrix Kiddo

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Bill

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Deadly Viper Assassination Squad

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Earl McGraw

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Edgar McGraw

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Hattori Hanzo

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Music

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Kill Bill Vol. 1 Original Soundtrack

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Kill Bill Vol. 2 Original Soundtrack

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Related Topics

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Quentin Tarantino

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Uma Thurman

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References

Article Sources and Contributors

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Image Sources, Licenses and Contributors

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License

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Overview

Kill Bill films

 

Kill Bill Series

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Kill Bill action/thriller film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Kill Bill was originally scheduled for a single theatrical release, but with a running time of over four hours, it was separated into two volumes: Kill Bill Volume 1, released in late 2003, and Kill Bill Volume 2, released in early 2004. A third installment was planned for the year 2014, [1] but in a 2012 interview from Tarantino, concerning Kill Bill: Vol. 3, he remarked, "we'll see, probably not". [2]

Kill Bill: Volume 1

Kill Bill: Volume 1 was released in theaters on October 10, 2003. In the United States and Canada, Volume 1 was released in 3,102 theaters and grossed $22 million on its opening weekend. [] Volume 1 was the widest theatrical release of Tarantino's career to date, [] and it was also his highest-grossing opening weekend to date. Outside the United States and Canada, Kill Bill Volume 1 was released in 20 territories. By November 2, 2003, it had made $31 million in the 20 territories. [3] Kill Bill Volume 1 grossed a total of $70 million in the United States and Canada and $110.9 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $180.9 million. []

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The movie follows a character initially identified as "The Bride", a former member of an assassination team who seeks revenge on her ex-colleagues who massacred members of her wedding party and tried to kill her. During the first movie she succeeds in killing two of the five members.

Kill Bill Volume 1 is often noted for its stylish direction and its homages to film genres such as Hong Kong martial arts films, Japanese chanbara films, Italian spaghetti westerns, girls with guns, and rape and revenge.

Kill Bill: Volume 2

Kill Bill: Volume 2 is a 2004 American thriller film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is the second of two volumes that were released several months apart. Kill Bill was originally scheduled for a single theatrical release, but with a running time of over four hours, it was separated into two volumes. Kill Bill Volume 1 was released in late 2003, and Kill Bill: Volume 2 was released in early 2004. The volumes follow a character initially identified as "The Bride", a former member of an assassination team who seeks revenge on her ex-colleagues who massacred members of her wedding party and tried to kill her. Like the first film, Kill Bill: Volume 2 is also noted for its stylish direction and its homages to film genres such as Hong Kong martial arts films, Japanese chanbara films, Italian spaghetti westerns, girls with guns, and rape and revenge. [citation needed]

The Whole Bloody Affair

Tarantino announced at the 2008 Provincetown International Film Festival that a single film version of part 1 and 2 called Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair with an extended animation sequence was to be released in May 2009. [4] Screenings of the complete film began on March 27, 2011 at the New Beverly Cinema. [5] This was verified to be the original print that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003, [] before the decision was made to split the film into two parts due to the roughly four-hour length. The print shown at the New Beverly even retained the French subtitles necessary for screening an English-language film at the Cannes festival.

Differences in this version in comparison to the separate Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 versions include the "old Klingon proverb" shown at the beginning of Vol. 1 is not present, although a dedication to filmmaker Kinji Fukasaku is in its place; the anime sequence is slightly longer with more gore; The House of Blue Leaves battle is in color (it had been toned down to black and white for the USA release of Vol. 1 only) [citation needed] ; Sofie Fatale loses both of her arms; the revelation that The Bride's daughter is alive at the end of Vol. 1 is not present, nor is the short black and white scene at the beginning of Vol. 2 where The Bride is driving and sums up the action to that point; in its place is a small musical intermission that leads straight into Chapter 6.

Sequel

Tarantino told Entertainment Weekly in April 2004, that he was planning a sequel:

Oh yeah, initially I was thinking this would be my "Dollars Trilogy". I was going to do a new one every ten years. But I need at least fifteen years before I do this again. I've already got the whole mythology: Sofie Fatale will get all of Bill's money. She'll raise Nikki, who'll take on The Bride. Nikki deserves her revenge every bit as much as The Bride deserved hers. I might even shoot a couple of scenes for it now so I can get the actresses while they're this age.

According to Bloody-Disgusting.com, details emerged around 2007 about two possible sequels, 'Kill Bill Volumes 3 and 4. According to the article, "Bennett Walsh said at the Shanghai International Film Festival, the third film involves the revenge of two killers whose arms and eye were hacked by Uma Thurman in the first stories". The article adds that the "fourth installment of the popular kung fu action films concerns a cycle of reprisals and daughters who avenge their mother's deaths". [6]

Quentin Tarantino said at the 2006 Comic Con that, after the completion of Grindhouse, he wants to make two anime Kill Bill films. One will be an origin story about Bill and his mentors, and the other will be an origin starring

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The Bride. The latter is most likely to be a prequel, but could also follow the rumored (sequel) plot reported in Entertainment Weekly in April 2004. [7][8]

At the Morelia International Film Festival on October 1, 2009, while being interviewed on an Italian TV show after being asked about the success of the two Kill Bill films, Tarantino addressed the hostess by claiming "You haven't asked me about the third one" then asking the woman to ask the question would he be making a third Kill Bill film, which he replied "Yes", and claiming "The Bride will fight again!" [9] On October 3, 2009, he further predicted that Kill Bill 3 would be his ninth film, and would be released in 2014. [10] He said he intends to make another unrelated film before that date as his eighth film. He confirmed that he wanted ten years to pass between the Bride's last conflict, to give her and her daughter a period of peace. [11]

In December 2012 however, Tarantino said that Kill Bill, Vol. 3 now looks unlikely, and that he wishes to focus on other unrelated projects. [2]

References

[7] Rodriguez and Tarantino Present Grindhouse! (http:/ / comingsoon. net/ news/ movienews. php?id=15618), Blake Wright on ComingSoon.net, July 22, 2006. Retrieved August 7, 2006. [8] SDCC '06: Tarantino Confirms More Kill Bill! (http:/ / www. bloody-disgusting. com/ news/ 6841), Bloody-Disgusting.com, July 22, 2006. Retrieved October 5, 2007. [9] Quentin Tarantino Talks Kill Bill 3: The Bride Will Fight Again! (http:/ / www. badtaste. it/ index. php?option=com_content& task=view& id=9753& Itemid=29), BadTaste.it, October 1, 2009. Retrieved October 2, 2009.

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Characters

List of Kill Bill characters

The following is a list of characters from the film Kill Bill. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the film was released in two separate parts, Kill Bill Vol. 1 in 2003 and Kill Bill Vol. 2 in 2004. The film takes place after a massacre that killed the fiancé and friends of the main character, The Bride, at the chapel in which she was to be married; she was also thought to have been killed by being shot in the head. However, The Bride survived, but was put into a coma for four years as a result of the attack. Upon finally awakening she plots her vengeance against the killers.

Deadly Viper Assassination Squad

Beatrix Kiddo (Black Mamba, also known as The Bride)

Beatrix Kiddo, a.k.a. The Bride (portrayed by Uma Thurman), is the protagonist of the film. She abandons her life as a hired assassin for the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (DeVAS) upon realizing she is pregnant with Bill's child, denying him the right of fatherhood to preserve her unborn's future. This action provokes the attacks on her and her loved ones and its ensuing revenge, which is the entire basis of the film. Her code name while working for DVAS was Black Mamba.

Bill (Snake Charmer)

Bill (portrayed by David Carradine) is the main antagonist of the film. He is the founder and leader of The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, to which The Bride formerly belonged, and also her former lover. Because the code names of the members are all referring to venomous snakes, Bill's code name is Snake Charmer. He and the four remaining Deadly Vipers attempt to kill her after she learns she is carrying Bill's child and leaves him without warning. Some time after the massacre, the squad has disbanded. When Bill finds out The Bride isn't dead but instead in a coma, he sends former Squad member and mistress Elle Driver to the hospital to kill her, but Bill changes his mind and tells Elle to abort the mission, saying that killing a helpless person would demean the name of the Assassination Squad.

O-Ren Ishii (Cottonmouth)

O-Ren Ishii, a.k.a. Cottonmouth (portrayed by Lucy Liu), is a half-Japanese, half-Chinese-American woman. O-Ren experienced her first encounter of death when at the age of nine, while hiding underneath a bed, she witnessed both her parents being brutally murdered under the orders of a Yakuza boss (who turned out to be a pedophile) and his associates. An anime flashback showed her father in a U.S. Army uniform wearing the rank of sergeant major fighting the assassins. Though he was apparently a skilled martial artist who took down two of the boss's men, he was eventually overwhelmed and killed, along with his wife whom the crime boss personally murdered by killing her in either the head or the chest with the same sword used to execute her father. The house was later destroyed in a fire to cover up the act but young O-Ren escaped and although she was left physically unharmed, she was left psychologically and emotionally scarred for life, swearing revenge against the crime boss responsible. After going through intense training, two years later and at the age of eleven, she succeeded in getting her revenge against the crime boss by sneaking into his house and killed him but not before asking if he remembered her or if she looked like someone he'd killed. Once she'd murdered the crime boss, O-Ren killed his two bodyguards and escaped, later

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becoming an expert assassin, proficient in marksmanship and sword fighting, raising through the ranks to become one of the world's top female assassins at the age of twenty. Though once a member of the Deadly Vipers, she eventually became the head of the Tokyo Yakuza, with Bill's help, and possessed her own bodyguard army, the Crazy 88. O-Ren is fiercely proud of her heritage, going so far as to decapitate her own subordinate when he vented his frustration over being led by "a Chinese Jap-American half breed bitch".

The Showdown at House of Blue Leaves is the chapter in which O-Ren Ishii visits a Japanese club together with various Crazy 88 members, her lawyer and friend Sofie Fatale, and personal teenage bodyguard, Gogo Yubari. While sitting in a room apart from the other guests, O-Ren hears a sound outside the room and throws a dart in that direction. She orders Gogo to take a look; however, Gogo finds nothing. Later, Sofie Fatale is captured by The Bride and taken to the main hall of the restaurant, where The Bride calls O-Ren, who appears with her bodyguards. The Bride reveals herself to O-Ren, cutting off Sofie's arm, horrifying the other guests to flee the restaurant. The Bride defeats countless Crazy 88s and Gogo, finally meeting O-Ren in a garden scene atop the club. During the battle, O-Ren mocks The Bride as a "silly Caucasian girl who likes to play with samurai swords." After resuming their fight, O-Ren receives a wound and apologizes for her earlier remark. The Bride accepts and eventually kills O-Ren by lopping off the top of her head. It is hinted that O-Ren and the Bride may have had a genuine friendship in the past; O-Ren is the only member of the Deadly Vipers besides Bill that the Bride shows any remorse over. O-Ren utters with her dying breath "That really was a Hattori Hanzo sword", having been close enough to both see the symbol of Hattori Hanzo and feel the blade.

Vernita Green (Copperhead)

Vernita Green, a.k.a. Copperhead (portrayed by Vivica A. Fox), is a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad who took part in the massacre at the Two Pines Wedding Chapel. She is second on the Bride's "Death List Five". Four years after the massacre, she is depicted living a normal life under the alias of Jeannie Bell. She is trained in hand-to-hand combat and knife fighting, and it is hinted that she and The Bride share a mutual, professional respect for each other. At the start of the first movie, they engage in a vicious fight, destroying Vernita's living room in the process. However, the fight is interrupted when Green's four-year-old daughter, Nikki, arrives home from school in the middle of the fight, and they stop fighting because the Bride does not wish to kill Vernita in front of her child. Green sends Nikki to her room and she talks with the Bride over coffee, apologizing for betraying her and asking for mercy on behalf of her daughter and family. The Bride coldly refuses and they agree to meet in the middle of the night to have a knife fight. However, Vernita betrays her promise, and shoots at the Bride with a handgun concealed within a box of Kaboom cereal. She misses, and the Bride throws a knife into her heart, killing her instantly. Nikki unintentionally witnesses her mother's death, for which the Bride apologizes. The Bride then adds that, when Nikki grows up, if she ever wants to avenge her mother's death she'll be waiting for her and leaves.

Incidentally, Vernita Green's alias (Jeannie Bell) is a direct reference to the actress and former Playboy Playmate

Jeanne Bell who starred in the 1974 blaxpoitation film T.N.T. Jackson (writer/director Tarantino is a noted fan of cult 1970's cinema).

Elle Driver (California Mountain Snake)

Elle Driver, a.k.a. California Mountain Snake (portrayed by Daryl Hannah), is another swordswoman who is loyal to Bill. Elle and the Bride despise each other immensely, and it is implied that their mutual hatred came to be before the events of the film. Elle is jealous of the Bride's status as Bill's lover, implying that Elle herself also had some kind of sexual relationship with him. Despite this, Elle does grudgingly respect the Bride, describing her as "the greatest warrior [she] had ever met" and also believing that she deserved better than to have supposedly met her end at the hands of someone like Budd.

Like Bill and The Bride, Elle was trained by Pai Mei. When she showed disrespect to Pai Mei by calling him a "miserable old fool", he responded by plucking out her right eye for her insolence, which is why she is shown to

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wear an eyepatch. In retaliation, Elle murdered Pai Mei by poisoning his meal of fish-heads. When Bill learns that the Bride survived the attempt on her life, he orders Elle to go kill her at the hospital where she was then lying comatose. Disguised as a nurse, Elle nearly injects the Bride with a deadly poison when Bill calls her to abort the mission. Though Elle wanted to kill the Bride while she was incapacitated, she abides by Bill's wishes.

When Budd (Sidewinder) captures the Bride, he calls Elle to offer her the Bride's Hanzo sword. Elle agrees to pay one million dollars for the sword, on the condition that Budd makes The Bride "suffer until her last breath". Budd buries the Bride alive, but she eventually escapes and lies in wait near Budd's trailer. Elle pays Budd for the sword with a suitcase containing $1 million but when Budd opens the case, a concealed black mamba bites Budd and he succumbs to its venom. Elle calls Bill and frames the Bride for Budd's death, also taking credit for Budd's live burial of the Bride and tells Bill the grave's location. When Elle is about to leave the trailer, the Bride ambushes her. The two women engage in an improvised weapons fight which evolves into a sword fight, with the Bride having to use Budd's Hanzo sword (thought to have been long-ago pawned, by Budd's statement to Bill). During the fight, Elle reveals that she killed Pai Mei; enraged, the Bride snatches out Elle's remaining eye. The Bride leaves Elle, now completely blind, thrashing wildly on the floor of the trailer with the black mamba still loose inside. Though it can be inferred that Elle was also killed by the black mamba, her fate is unknown or rather undecided.

Budd (Sidewinder)

Budd, a.k.a. Sidewinder (portrayed by Michael Madsen), is Bill's degenerate younger brother who was recognized by Bill as 'the only man I ever loved', an epigraph etched onto Budd's Hanzo sword. He was the only other male Deadly Viper Squad member and, since the assassination squad's disbandment, adopted a redneck-like life-style. Living in a mobile home where he steadily became an alcoholic, Budd makes ends meet by working as a bouncer at a local strip club. When told by Bill that Beatrix was coming to kill him, Budd philosophically stated "That woman deserves her revenge. And we deserve to die. But then again, so does she." (When Budd makes this statement in Volume 1, the last sentence is not included; the full statement is spoken in Volume 2). Budd once owned a Hattori Hanzo katana, and told Bill and Elle that he had sold it for $250 in El Paso, Texas. He actually lied because The Bride later found the sword in a golf bag in the bedroom of Budd's trailer. During Bill and Budd's discourse, Bill mentions an unpleasant event between the two of them that led to their falling out, but the details of this event are never explicitly mentioned.

When the Bride finally does find Budd, he is prepared for her sneak attack, shooting her with rock salt from a double-barreled shotgun (making him the only Deadly Viper to single-handedly defeat The Bride) and buries her alive (later described as a 'Texas funeral'). Before closing the casket, he tells The Bride that her live burial is retribution for breaking Bill's heart. Returning to his trailer, Budd gives the Bride's priceless Hattori Hanzo sword to Elle in return for $1 million in cash; he is then repeatedly bitten in the face by a black mamba concealed in the suitcase (ironically The Bride's Deadly Viper codename) containing the cash. She takes advantage of the situation in torturing Budd slowly by reading useful information about Black Mamba poison and the effects off it if not injected with anti-venom. As he dies in agony minutes later, Elle tells Budd that she feels regret because she never had a chance to take the Bride on herself and that she had to die at the hands of miserable cowboy like him.

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Associates of O-Ren Ishii

In the quest for revenge, The Bride's first target is O-Ren Ishii, who during the intervening four years has risen to become a major leader of the Tokyo organized crime world. But before The Bride battles and defeats her, she must first confront and bring down her associates one by one.

Sofie Fatale

Sofie Fatale (portrayed by Julie Dreyfus) is O-Ren Ishii's lawyer, second-in-command, and best friend. [1][2] Sofie Fatale is of mixed Japanese/French descent and serves as an interpreter and is seen speaking English, Japanese and French fluently. [3] Although she is referred to as a protege of Bill's, she does not display any martial arts skills during her appearances.

Sofie Fatale is present at the "House of Blue Leaves" when The Bride arrives to kill O-Ren Ishii. The Bride is riding her motorbike through Tokyo, stalking Sofie's Nissan Fairlady Z when she is seen at a stop light using her phone; her left-handedness, and later, the phone's "Auld Lang Syne" ringtone, are recognized by The Bride. She remembers that Sofie was present during the El Paso massacre, and while she did not assist in beating The Bride, she did answer her ringing phone, while callously ignoring the injured Bride and the rest of the carnage. The Bride captures Sofie at the House of Blue Leaves and brings her to O-Ren Ishii. The Bride then cuts off Sofie's left arm (the arm she holds her phone with) as a means of both exacting revenge on her and showing Ishii her intentions for a duel. [4]

Later, The Bride interrogates Sofie to learn the location of the rest of the members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, threatening to further dismember her when she refuses to speak. She then sends her rolling down a hill to a hospital for medical attention so she can live on and tell Bill what has happened and that the Bride is still alive. [5][6] Although her fate is left ambiguous, Tarantino has commented that a potential third Kill Bill movie would focus on the revenge of Vernita's daughter Nikki against the Bride, and that Nikki would be trained by Elle and Sofie. Apparently, Sofie would inherit all of O-Ren and Bill's money. [citation needed]

Crazy 88

The Crazy 88 are a masked Yakuza gang under her control who originally employed to help O-Ren take control of the Tokyo underworld. It includes members of both sexes and a wide age range. Most of them fight using katanas except for three members. One is shown with a pair of throwing axes and another is seen briefly wielding a meteor hammer. Johnny Mo, the clan's leader (under O-Ren), uses dual shortswords which, when each is sheathed in the other's handle, can be used as a fighting staff. The Bride manages to fend off the entire gang, killing, mortally wounding, and dismembering many. After the fight, any surviving member was taken into custody after leaving the nightclub. Their arrest by Japanese police and hospitalization before being locked up in prison is not shown. One of the last of the Crazy 88 member the Bride faces before O-Ren is a very timid teenage boy whose katana she cuts into several pieces with her own, after which he surrenders immediately. She spanks him with the flat of her blade and orders him to leave the criminal business by the word "Go home to your mother".

Aside from Johnny Mo, only one member of the Crazy 88 is identified and named. Miki is apparently O-Ren Ishii's bodyguard, aside from Gogo. He is the first member to attack the Bride although he's quickly killed when the Bride impales his chest with her sword. Quentin Tarantino appears as one of the members whose throat is slit after the Bride dismembers the eye of one of the gangsters.

The Crazy 88 allegedly does not actually have eighty-eight members. Bill says that they adopted the name because it "sounded cool". There are only 40 actors credited to the Crazy 88. [7]

Metaphors are used to create the Crazy 88. 8 (hachi, ya) is considered a lucky number in some Eastern culturesWikipedia:Avoid weasel words - it suggests growing prosperous, because the letter () broadens gradually. 8 (ya) was also seen as holy in ancient times. [citation needed] . Another metaphor is that there are 88 keys on a standard piano. The gang are dressed in black and white like the piano keys.

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There are two different versions of the fight scene with the Crazy 88. The original version was released as a Japanese Unrated Limited Edition DVD in Japan and U.S. which has the fight in full color. Tarantino was forced to tone down the violence of the whole fight the scene by omitting a few scenes and adding a black and white effect to the finished product for the film's release. The Black and White version is used on television airings up to this day.

Johnny Mo

Johnny Mo (portrayed by Gordon Liu, who also portrays Pai Mei in the sequel) is the leader of O-Ren's personal army, the Crazy 88. Johnny Mo is most prominently featured in the "House of Blue Leaves" scene. After The Bride kills Gogo Yubari and O-Ren Ishii's six bodyguards, Johnny Mo, armed with a pair of shōtō, arrives with an army of Crazy 88s. He is a more proficient fighter than the rest of the gang, nearly tipping the scales in their favor and holding his own against The Bride for several minutes alone while fighting her on top of a balcony railing. She eventually chops off his leg and he falls into a bloodied fountain pool from the second floor balcony and is presumed dead thereafter.

Gogo Yubari

Gogo Yubari (portrayed by Chiaki Kuriyama) is a young associate of O-Ren Ishii. Gogo is a bloodthirsty and severely disturbed seventeen-year-old schoolgirl who takes a sadistic delight in killing. Her fighting style is a combination of wushu techniques using chain whip and rope dart. She is O-Ren's top assassin and personal

bodyguard. Gogo's disturbed mind and vicious penchant for killing is displayed when she offers herself to a drunken

man in a bar and then disembowels him, asking him, "Do you still wish to penetrate me? penetrated you?"

...

Or is it I who has

Later on, she takes on Beatrix Kiddo when the latter has already slaughtered several of O-Ren Ishii's immediate guards at the House of Blue Leaves. Although the Bride gives her the opportunity to walk away, Gogo refuses and takes her on with a large meteor hammer, almost overcoming the Bride by strangling her savagely with the chain. Eventually Kiddo distracts Gogo by driving a broken chair leg studded with nails into her foot, then kills her by driving the nails into the side of her head.

Gogo Yubari resembles the character that Chiaki Kuriyama previously portrayed in the 2000 Japanese film, Battle Royale, [8] Takako Chigusa.

Other characters

B.B.

B.B. (portrayed by Perla Haney-Jardine) is the four-year-old daughter of The Bride and Bill who was in utero during the massacre at the Two Pines chapel. Upon first coming out of her coma, The Bride believes her unborn child was killed in the attack and promises to avenge her death. The audience does not learn that she is alive until the last line of Vol. 1, and The Bride does not find out until the final act of Vol. 2. B.B. was named (probably in homage to her parents, Beatrix and Bill) and raised by Bill, who in Vol. 2 openly admitted to her the terrible crime he had committed against The Bride.

Buck

Buck (portrayed by Michael Bowen) is a male nurse at the hospital where The Bride laid comatose for four years. During this period, he regularly took sexual advantage of The Bride, raping her unconscious body and later also prostituting her to other male clients. After she first awakens, The Bride attacks Buck and interrogates him on the whereabouts of Bill. Suddenly, she begins recalling Buck's prior assaults on her (including his infamous line, "My name's Buck and I'm here to fuck!") and, in a fit of rage, slams his head with a door, killing him with an intracranial hemorrhage. The Bride then steals Buck's clothes and escapes from the hospital in his truck, the "Pussy Wagon"

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(censored to "Party Wagon" for network broadcast). She uses the truck during her scenes in the United States during Volume 1, but in Volume 2 says that it has broken down and she has thus acquired another vehicle.

Earl McGraw

Earl McGraw (portrayed by Michael Parks) is a Texas Ranger who investigates the murders at the wedding chapel, and the first person to realize that The Bride has managed to survive the attack. This is the second appearance of McGraw in a Tarantino film, as he had previously been a character in From Dusk till Dawn (in which he was killed by Tarantino himself starring as Richie Gecko); he would later appear in both features that make up Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse.

Esteban Vihaio

Esteban Vihaio (portrayed by Michael Parks) is an eighty-year-old Mexican pimp based in the border city of Ciudad Acuña who, as a friend of Bill and Budd's mother, was seen by Bill as a father figure. His prostitutes' illegitimate children are apparently recruited into an organized crime gang called the Acuña Boys, of which Esteban is the de facto leader. When The Bride visits him, he tells her of Bill's whereabouts, noting that it is what Bill would have wanted Esteban to do ("How else is he ever going to see you again?"). He also notes that if he were in Bill's situation when Bill had tracked the Bride down he says he would have only mutilated her face instead of trying to kill herrevealed as his apparent discipline of choice for his prostitutes.

Hattori Hanzō

Hattori Hanzō (portrayed by Sonny Chiba) is still the finest swordsmith in the world; however, he has not created a new sword in 28 years since taking a blood oath before God to never again make instruments of death. He became the owner of a sushi shop in Okinawa. The choice of Okinawa was deliberate, as the island is regarded as one of the worst places to get sushi, making a sushi shop there an excellent hiding place. [citation needed] Hanzō initially met the Bride when she was under the guise of an American tourist visiting Okinawa. Hanzō initially refused to make a sword for her, or even give her one he had previously made, but was convinced to make one for her after the Bride alluded that she wanted to kill his former student Bill. It is also alluded in the film that the mere mention of Bill's name was sufficient to make Hanzō violate his blood oath because Bill did something to make Hanzō truly furious with him (possibly because Bill chose to become a contract killer), and made the sword so Bill could be killed with it. According to Hanzō, it is the finest and sharpest sword he has ever made, and stated to The Bride "If, on your journey, should you encounter God, God will be cut." When the Bride tells Bill that she got him to make her a sword by giving him his name, Bill admits "that'd do it."

Quentin Tarantino stated in the supplementary material on the Kill Bill DVD that the character was named in tribute to Sonny Chiba's former role as Hattori Hanzō (the real-life historical 16th-century Iga Ninja) in Shadow Warriors (Kage no Gundan). The joke is that Chiba played multiple generations of the character: even when the character actually died, the next installment would shift to covering his descendant, also named "Hattori Hanzō" after his famous predecessor. The implication is that the "Hattori Hanzō" seen in Kill Bill is the current descendant of the Hanzō lineage in the present-day. Tarantino went so far as to call him Hattori Hanzō the XIV.

Chiba's own daughter, Japanese actress Juri Manase, also appears as a member of the Crazy 88.

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Karen Kim

Karen Kim (portrayed by Helen Kim) is an assassin sent to kill The Bride while she was still a Deadly Viper. She narrowly misses hitting The Bride with shotgun fire. Before the shootout can worsen, Karen is convinced to leave in peace when The Bride proves that she is pregnant, to which Karen says 'Congratulations', and then leaves.

Larry

Larry (portrayed by Larry Bishop) is the owner of the strip club, My Oh My Club, where Budd works as a bouncer. He is seen doing cocaine with one of the dancers before Budd strolls into work 20 minutes late. An argument ensues over the fact that "there is nobody there to bounce". He almost fires Budd but tells him to come back when he calls him.

Nikita "Nikki" Bell

Nikita "Nikki" Bell (portrayed by Ambrosia Kelley [9] ) is a young girl and the four-year-old daughter to Vernita Green and Dr. Lawrence Bell. She makes an appearance in Vol. 1 when she unknowingly interrupts a battle between her mother and The Bride in the living room. Vernita explains that the family dog made the mess, to conceal her past from Nikki. Nikki accidentally witnesses her mother's death at the hands of The Bride, who was unaware that Nikki was present until she turned around and saw her. The Bride tells her that her mother had it coming. However, with sympathy, the Bride tells Nikki if she still feels "raw" about it, she will be waiting for her in the future. Quentin Tarantino has commented that any potential Kill Bill sequel will focus on her revenge against the Bride.

Pai Mei

"Pai Mei" redirects here. For the historical figure, see Bak Mei.

Pai Mei (Chinese: 白 眉; pinyin: Bái Méi; literally White Eyebrow) was performed by veteran Chinese actor Gordon Liu (who previously played Johnny Mo in the prequel). As depicted in the film, Pai Mei was a powerful, very old, practitioner of the Bak Mei style of kung fu. Pai Mei was the former teacher and master of The Bride, Bill, and Elle, although it is unclear if he instructed the other members of the DeVAS. Despite being a wise and knowledgeable White Lotus priest, he also was bigoted (specifically towards Caucasians), xenophobic towards the Japanese and Americans), and a misogynist. He only agreed to take on The Bride as a student after having a very violent (offscreen) martials arts duel with Bill, who then adds that Pai Mei was a very, very old man whose advancing years had taught him the value of company, while not brightening up his angry disposition. In spite of being both a Caucasian American and a woman, Beatrix ultimately wins his approval for her perseverance under his torturous training regimen.

Pai Mei was alleged to be able to perform the lethal Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique. Bill describes the technique as the deadliest blow in all of martial arts. He adds that Pai Me hits the victim with his finger tips at five different pressure points on the victim's body and then lets him/her walk away. But once the victim has taken five steps, the heart explodes inside the body and the victim dies [10]

Pai Mei claims that he teaches no one this maneuver. He ultimately makes an exception because he has given the Bride his sincere respect after the first stages of brutal training. He teaches the Bride this blow offscreen and the Bride, in turn, uses it to kill Bill.

Elle, Pai Mei's last student, is responsible for his death. During a training session, Elle insults Pai Mei by calling him a "miserable old fool". As punishment for her insolence, Pai Mei plucks out Elle's right eye. In retribution, Elle puts a deadly poison in fish heads that he subsequently eats, killing him.

In the first version of the script, Gordon Liu' character speaks Cantonese while Quentin Tarantino dubs his voice in English and it resulted in a bad dub job. This idea was ultimately discarded, and Mei's dialogue was left undubbed. [11]

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Rufus

The organ player at the Two Pines chapel, Rufus is a former professional blues musician who died in the massacre.

Rufus states that he has played with Rufus Thomas and numerous other well-known R&B acts: "I was a Drell. I was

a Drifter. I was a Coaster. I was part of The Gang. I was a

Bar-Kay...

If they come through Texas, I done played with

them." The character was portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson, who had starred in two previous Tarantino films, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown; and starred in Django Unchained later on and performed the narration in two scenes in Inglourious Basterds.

Tommy Plympton

Tommy Plympton (portrayed by Christopher Allen Nelson) is The Bride's fiancé who is murdered at Two Pines. He is the proprietor of a record shop and employed The Bride, who used the assumed name Arlene Machiavelli when she met him.

References

[6] Film Review, paged 57. Visual Imagination Ltd., 2004. Item notes: no.50-52(2004)

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Beatrix Kiddo

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Beatrix Kiddo

Beatrix Kiddo

Kill Bill character

The Bride fights the Crazy 88

First appearance

Last appearance

Created by

Q & U

Portrayed by

Uma Thurman

Information

 

Aliases

The Bride

Arlene Machiavelli

Occupation

Assassin

Children

B.B. (Daughter)

Nationality

Nationality <a href=United States " id="pdf-obj-13-78" src="pdf-obj-13-78.jpg">

Beatrix Kiddo (primarily known as The Bride), codename Black Mamba, is a fictional character and the protagonist of the two-part movie Kill Bill directed by Quentin Tarantino. She is portrayed by Uma Thurman and was selected by Empire Magazine as one of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. [1] Entertainment Weekly also named her as one of the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years. [2]

Beatrix Kiddo's past

Kiddo is a former member of the "Deadly Viper Assassination Squad", an elite, shadowy group of assassins. A formidable, ruthless warrior trained under martial arts master Pai Mei (Gordon Liu), she served at the right hand of Bill (David Carradine), her boss and lover, a position that provoked the furious envy of fellow Viper Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah).

Kiddo, a master of the Tiger/Crane style of kung fu, is the only Viper to learn the "Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique", a method of killing a person by quickly striking five pressure points around the heart with the fingertips. After the victim takes five steps, the heart explodes and he/she falls dead. Pai Mei supposedly refused to teach this technique, which was said to be "the deadliest blow in all of martial arts", to Bill or anyone else. Kiddo's determination wins his respect, however, and he teaches her the forbidden technique - a secret that Kiddo withholds from Bill until they meet for their final showdown.

Kill Bill Vol. 1

These events are described in chronological order. The film's sequence varies.

Kiddo is first seen on the day of her wedding rehearsal in rural Texas, pregnant and living under the name "Arlene Machiavelli", having previously left Bill and abandoned the Vipers. Bill finds her, however, and gate-crashes her wedding rehearsal with the other Vipers and murders everyone inside. Bill then shoots her in the head, leaving her in a coma. Just before Bill shoots her, she tells him that it is his baby.

She remains comatose for four years, during which she is repeatedly prostituted and raped by an orderly named Buck (Michael Bowen). After being bitten by a mosquito, she awakens just as she is about to be violated by one of Buck's

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"clients." Even though weakened by atrophy, she kills the would-be rapist and then Buck, before beginning a mission of revenge on the other Vipers. She presumes that her baby died in the womb, further fueling her hatred of the Vipers.

She then travels to Okinawa, where she convinces the legendary swordsmith Hattori Hanzō (Sonny Chiba) to come out of retirement and forge a katana for her. After getting the sword, Kiddo arrives at the "House of Blue Leaves", where she faces O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu).

Kiddo encounters O-Ren Ishii's lawyer Sofie Fatale (Julie Dreyfus) in a washroom, where she recognizes her cellphone's "Auld Lang Syne" ringtone, and remembers her from the El Paso massacre. Kiddo captures her and brings her to O-Ren, where she cuts off her left arm and challenges O-Ren to a duel. O-Ren Ishii, the Crazy 88 gang and Gogo Yubari (Chiaki Kuriyama) fight Kiddo; the Bride kills or dismembers all but one (whom she spares due to his young age). She then faces off against O-Ren, climaxing in a dramatic swordfight in a snow covered garden. At the end of the duel, Kiddo cuts off the top of O-Ren's head, killing her.

After killing O-Ren, Kiddo tortures Sofie Fatale for the locations of the rest of the members of the Vipers. She then sends her rolling down a hill to a hospital for medical attention so she could live on and tell Bill what had transpired, and that Kiddo is still alive.

Kiddo then finds Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), who had renounced her life as a hired killer and started anew in a quiet suburban neighborhood with her husband and daughter. Kiddo shows up at her doorstep and engages her in a brutal fight. However, during the fight, Green's daughter Nikki comes home from school, and Kiddo is unwilling to kill Green in front of her child. Green tries to apologize for what she had done, but Kiddo is implacable. Green shoots at her with a handgun concealed in a cereal box, but misses, and Kiddo quickly throws a knife at Green, killing her.

Nikki goes to the kitchen just in time to see Kiddo kill her mother. Kiddo tells the girl that it was not her intent to kill Green in front of her; and that if the young girl wishes to avenge her mother's death when she grows up, Kiddo would be waiting.

Kill Bill Vol. 2

Vol. 2 expands on the circumstances of Kiddo's shooting. Bill finds her on the day of her wedding rehearsal and pretends to give her his blessing; moments later, however, he leads the Vipers in massacring the wedding party in the chapel and shooting Kiddo in the head, putting her in a coma.

The film then returns to where Vol. 1 left off. After killing Vipers O-Ren Ishii and Vernita Green, Kiddo goes after Budd (Michael Madsen), Bill's brother. Laying in wait underneath Budd's trailer, she charges in the front door only to be shot in the chest by Budd with a shotgun loaded with rock salt. He sedates her and calls Elle Driver, Kiddo's arch-rival within the Vipers, to bargain a price for Kiddo's Hanzo sword. Budd and an accomplice then take her to a graveyard and bury her alive. During her imprisonment, she recalls her rigorous training sessions under the tutelage of the martial arts master, Pai Mei. Using one of the many techniques she learned from him, Kiddo breaks open the casket and goes back to Budd's trailer where he lies dead, having been bitten by a black mamba hidden in the suitcase Driver brought that contained the money for the sword and Beatrix's death. Driver, still in the trailer after Budd's death, engages Kiddo in a brutal battle, in which Driver reveals that she had killed Pai Mei as revenge for tearing out her eye. Enraged, Kiddo tears out Driver's other eye, leaving her completely blind, and leaves Driver inside the trailer with the angry black mamba still inside. Beatrix then pursues her final target, Bill.

When she finds him, from information provided by Esteban Vihaio (Michael Parks), she discovers that their daughter, B.B. (Perla Haney-Jardine), whom she presumed had died in utero, is alive and well. They spend the evening together as a family until B.B. goes to bed, and then Bill and Kiddo settle their differences. Bill explains that he tried to kill her because he was angry at her for leaving him, and argues that she could never be anything but a killer. Kiddo, under truth serum, admits that she left because she wanted their daughter to have a chance at a normal

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life, but that she knows deep down that she doesn't have it in her to lead a normal life herself.

At the end of their conversation, a fight ensues where Kiddo fatally strikes Bill using the "Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique". As Bill dies, the two forgive each other and make their peace. He then walks five steps and falls to the ground, dead. Kiddo then disappears with B.B. in the middle of the night. The next morning, she lies on the bathroom floor of the hotel that she and B.B stayed in after she fled Bill's villa, crying and laughing at once. The two then drive off into the sunset to begin a new life.

Cultural impact

Beatrix Kiddo was well received by audiences. Empire Magazine ranked the character 66th out of 100 in its list of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. [3] Entertainment Weekly also named The Bride as 99th on its 2010 list of the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years. [4]

In 2013, researchers named a new species of parasitic wasp, Cystomastacoides kiddo, after the character, stating that the naming was inspired by "the deadly biology [of the wasp] to the host." [5][]

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Bill

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Bill

 

Bill

Kill Bill character

Bill from Kill Bill

First appearance

Last appearance

Created by

Quentin Tarantino

Portrayed by

Information

Aliases

Snake Charmer

Occupation

Assassin

Family

Budd (brother)

Children

B.B. (daughter)

Bill is the fictional titular character and the main antagonist of the film Kill Bill directed by Quentin Tarantino. He was portrayed by David Carradine. In the film, he is the leader of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, which included his brother, Budd (Michael Madsen). [] Bill's codename is Snake Charmer. At some point, he became the student of legendary swordsmith Hattori Hanzō (Sonny Chiba) and kung fu master Pai Mei (Gordon Liu).

For his performance, Carradine won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor (the final award of his life) and was nominated for a Golden Globe.

Story

Deeply saddened by the apparent murder of one of his assassins (and his lover) Beatrix "Black Mamba" Kiddo, aka "The Bride" (Uma Thurman), Bill personally seeks out her killers only to find that she is still very much alive, trying to clear her past, and to start a new life with her unborn child. []

Bill surfaces unannounced at Kiddo's wedding rehearsal at the Two Pines Wedding Chapel and promises not to interfere with her new life. When Bill meets Kiddo's fiancé, Kiddo covers for Bill by saying Bill is her father. Bill wishes Kiddo the best of luck as he moves to the bride's side of the wedding chapel. At the same time, the remainder of his assassin squad moves in from outside and massacres the entire wedding party. [] Bill delivers a final speech to Kiddo, after which he performs the coup de grâce by shooting her in the head. Before he fires, Kiddo tells him that he is the father of her unborn child. [1]

Kiddo miraculously survives the ordeal, but falls into a coma for four years. When she awakens, she assumes that her baby died because of her traumatic ordeal. Kiddo then proceeds to hunt down and kill the remaining assassins of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad.

In a final confrontation at the end of Kill Bill: Volume 2, Kiddo storms in on Bill expecting to find him alone, but standing beside Bill is her daughter, now four years old. Bill has already told the girl, B.B. (Perla Haney-Jardine), that Kiddo is her mother. It's evident during her time in a coma, that Bill has done a perfect job raising her. Bill then tells B.B. bluntly that he shot and tried to kill "Mommy". B.B. does not seem fazed by this revelation, and they spend the evening together as a family. After B.B. nods off to sleep, Bill and Kiddo settle their grievances and decide to conclude their "unfinished business". [2] In the short final fight, Kiddo fatally strikes him with the "Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique", which she learned from Pai Mei.

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Bill holds her hand one last time before Bill walks to his death. The two warriors forgive each other and Bill tells her

that she is "a terrific person

my favorite person.", however, he adds that "every once in a while you can be a real

... cunt". Kiddo drives off with B.B. to begin their new life. []

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Deadly Viper Assassination Squad

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Deadly Viper Assassination Squad

 

Deadly Viper Assassination Squad

 

First appearance

Last appearance

Created by

Quentin Tarantino

 
 

Statistics

Name

Deadly Viper Assassination Squad

Status

All members dead except Beatrix and Elle (with status unknown)

Purpose

Assassinations

Leader

Members

Beatrix Kiddo (Black Mamba) played by Uma Thurman

Known associates

The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (or DeVAS) is a group of fictional characters in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. It is a reference to Buddhism's "Five Poisons". [1]

History

Bill and Budd are brothers who grew up without a father (although Esteban Vihaio, a pimp, acted as a father-figure for a time). O-Ren Ishii was left an orphan after her parents were killed by Japanese crime boss Matsumoto.

They were, as their name suggests, an assassin squad, run and managed by Bill. He is known to have had a romance with Kiddo (his girlfriend and protégée, whom he impregnates}.

Although their name suggests that the members of the team are codenamed with vipers' names, the black mamba and the California mountain snake do not belong to the viper family; the black mamba is an elapid and the California mountain snake belongs to the colubrids.

At the time of The Bride's revenge, the group has largely disbanded. Vernita lives as a housewife with a daughter, O-Ren is a crime boss in Tokyo, Budd is a bar bouncer, Bill is shown mostly as a retired killer to whom Elle remains fanatically devoted. The Bride has just recovered from a four-year coma, which started when the others came to her wedding rehearsal and killed the wedding party, but mistakenly left her alive. Bill delivers what he believes to be the coup de grâce as revenge for walking out on him. Their daughter is delivered while she is in a coma, and is being raised by Bill without her knowledge.

Although never explicitly said, it is widely held that Black Mamba is the most lethal and skilled of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad after Bill himself, making her the deadliest woman on the planet. Many of them wield katana, and in the case of Bill and Budd, forged by Hattori Hanzō, an Okinawan sword maker of legendary standing, who comes out of retirement to make his final masterpiece, The Bride's samurai sword. Bill, The Bride and Elle Driver are trained by Pai Mei, a Chinese martial arts master who is later poisoned by Elle Driver. Besides their training in

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the martial arts, they are also fluent in several languages, well-versed in the use of firearms, and skilled in various assassination, espionage, surveillance and weapon combat techniques. Some members seem to have personal specialties. O-Ren seems to favor ranged weapons (a sniper rifle in her flash-back and throwing darts in the confrontation at the House of Blue Leaves), Vernita favors close combat using knives (as stated by the Bride, quoting Bill) and Elle seems to favor poisons (she uses this tactic to kill Pai Mei in a flashback, attempted to use it against the comatose Bride, before Bill stopped her and arguably used it against Budd by way of the black mamba). Budd seems to favor firearms (he is seen carrying an AK-47 as the DeVAS approach and enter the Two Pines wedding chapel. Also he shoots a round of rock salt into the bride with his shotgun.) Bill and Kiddo never demonstrate a preference for any specific weapon or tactic, although Bill's codename (Snake Charmer) and the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad almost exclusively female membership may imply that Bill's speciality is his way with women.

Kiddo kills Green, Ishii and Bill in her quest for revenge. Budd is killed, fittingly, by a black mamba which Driver puts in a suitcase filled with money. It is left ambiguous whether Driver survives; she is left blinded and locked up with the black mamba that killed Budd, ranting and screaming in an isolated desert trailer. At the end of the film, all the characters who have been killed have their names crossed out on Kiddo's list, but Elle's name instead has a question mark over the top of it, suggesting that she could still be alive.

Cultural references

The five assassins of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad are a reference to the Five Deadly Venoms, a group of five Hong Kong action actors employed by Run Run Shaw in many old Shaw Brothers martial arts films that were part of the inspiration for Kill Bill. The actors first worked together in a movie called The Five Deadly Venoms, and were referred to as such when seen in later movies together. In another Tarantino movie, Pulp Fiction, Mia Wallace (also played by Uma Thurman) states that she worked on a pilot episode of "Fox Force Five", which included five very different women with special talents that are similar to the talents of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. It was also mentioned in Pulp Fiction that her character was "the deadliest woman in the world with a knife", whereas in Kill Bill Vernita Green is described by The Bride as such. It is also of note that the list of names that Thurman's character makes in Kill Bill is titled "Death List Five". Tarantino also cited the 1973 Ted V. Mikels film The Doll Squad as an inspiration. [2]

Other

While Sofie Fatale is not an official member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, she was at least involved

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in their operations and is in personal contact with Bill (who is mentioned to have previously been her mentor). Bill has been shown telling at least three members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad that he loves them:

The Bride, Elle Driver (on the phone) and Budd (on an inscription on his Hanzo sword). The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad are mentioned in the science fiction novel Glasshouse by Charles Stross.

References

Earl McGraw

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Earl McGraw

Earl McGraw and Edgar McGraw

First appearance

Last appearance

Created by

Quentin Tarantino

Portrayed by

 

Information

Aliases

Quick Draw McGraw (Earl)

Occupation

Texas Rangers

Children

Dr. Dakota McGraw Block (Earl's daughter)

Earl McGraw and his son Edgar McGraw are two fictional characters played by Michael Parks and James Parks. They appear in several feature films by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, including the From Dusk Till Dawn franchise, Kill Bill Volume 1, and in various works from the Grindhouse project.

Overview

Despite being killed off in his first appearance in From Dusk Till Dawn, Earl returned in several other films from Rodriguez and Tarantino. Talking with a heavy Mid-western accent and delivering profanity laden dialogue, the character often serves as comic relief. In Kill Bill Volume 1, he scolds his son, Edgar McGraw, for saying "goddamn" in a chapel, and then goes into a profane rant himself. He and Edgar are consistently portrayed as Texas Rangers. Edgar is portrayed by James Parks, the real-life son of Michael Parks. He also has a daughter who is introduced in the Grindhouse films, named Dakota, played by Marley Shelton. To date, he has only made cameos, but Dakota has a large role in Planet Terror.

Appearances

In From Dusk Till Dawn, Earl McGraw goes to a liquor store, where killers Seth and Richie Gecko are hiding.

Before McGraw can leave, he is shot in the head by Richie, who mistakenly believed that the store's clerk whispered "help us" to McGraw. Edgar (as Deputy McGraw) appears briefly in two scenes in the sequel film From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money. Bo Hopkins references Edgar's businesslike demeanor: "Oh, them Gecko brothers killed his daddy." In Kill Bill Vol. 1, Earl McGraw and Edgar investigate the massacre at the Two Pines Chapel, where 10 people

have been brutally murdered. He soon discovers that the bride, Beatrix Kiddo, is still alive. During the Grindhouse segment Planet Terror, Earl McGraw is forced to kill his wife Ramona after she turns into a zombie, while Dakota takes refuge in his house. McGraw also helps survivors gather and fight, as well as staying behind to fight off the zombie attack while the others escape. He reappears near the end, where he saves Dakota by killing her infected husband, Doctor Block. In the other Grindhouse segment, Death Proof, Earl, accompanied by Edgar, visits a hospital after Stuntman Mike's first attack. He is the only person aware of the fact that Stuntman Mike was responsible for the deaths of five girls, but Mike is cleared of all charges because the girls were intoxicated. Although he can't formally arrest him, Earl does however run Mike out of Texas. His

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daughter Dakota also appears in Death Proof with Shelton reprising her role. Edgar McGraw appears making out with Sartina's sister in a deleted scene featured on the Machete Blu-ray and DVD releases.

External links

Earl and Edgar McGraw [1] at the Internet Movie Database

References

Edgar McGraw

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Edgar McGraw

Earl McGraw and Edgar McGraw

First appearance

Last appearance

Created by

Quentin Tarantino

Portrayed by

 

Information

Aliases

Quick Draw McGraw (Earl)

Occupation

Texas Rangers

Children

Dr. Dakota McGraw Block (Earl's daughter)

Earl McGraw and his son Edgar McGraw are two fictional characters played by Michael Parks and James Parks. They appear in several feature films by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, including the From Dusk Till Dawn franchise, Kill Bill Volume 1, and in various works from the Grindhouse project.

Overview

Despite being killed off in his first appearance in From Dusk Till Dawn, Earl returned in several other films from Rodriguez and Tarantino. Talking with a heavy Mid-western accent and delivering profanity laden dialogue, the character often serves as comic relief. In Kill Bill Volume 1, he scolds his son, Edgar McGraw, for saying "goddamn" in a chapel, and then goes into a profane rant himself. He and Edgar are consistently portrayed as Texas Rangers. Edgar is portrayed by James Parks, the real-life son of Michael Parks. He also has a daughter who is introduced in the Grindhouse films, named Dakota, played by Marley Shelton. To date, he has only made cameos, but Dakota has a large role in Planet Terror.

Appearances

In From Dusk Till Dawn, Earl McGraw goes to a liquor store, where killers Seth and Richie Gecko are hiding.

Before McGraw can leave, he is shot in the head by Richie, who mistakenly believed that the store's clerk whispered "help us" to McGraw. Edgar (as Deputy McGraw) appears briefly in two scenes in the sequel film From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money. Bo Hopkins references Edgar's businesslike demeanor: "Oh, them Gecko brothers killed his daddy." In Kill Bill Vol. 1, Earl McGraw and Edgar investigate the massacre at the Two Pines Chapel, where 10 people

have been brutally murdered. He soon discovers that the bride, Beatrix Kiddo, is still alive. During the Grindhouse segment Planet Terror, Earl McGraw is forced to kill his wife Ramona after she turns into a zombie, while Dakota takes refuge in his house. McGraw also helps survivors gather and fight, as well as staying behind to fight off the zombie attack while the others escape. He reappears near the end, where he saves Dakota by killing her infected husband, Doctor Block. In the other Grindhouse segment, Death Proof, Earl, accompanied by Edgar, visits a hospital after Stuntman Mike's first attack. He is the only person aware of the fact that Stuntman Mike was responsible for the deaths of five girls, but Mike is cleared of all charges because the girls were intoxicated. Although he can't formally arrest him, Earl does however run Mike out of Texas. His

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daughter Dakota also appears in Death Proof with Shelton reprising her role. Edgar McGraw appears making out with Sartina's sister in a deleted scene featured on the Machete Blu-ray and DVD releases.

External links

Earl and Edgar McGraw [1] at the Internet Movie Database

Hattori Hanzo

The following is a list of characters from the film Kill Bill. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the film was released in two separate parts, Kill Bill Vol. 1 in 2003 and Kill Bill Vol. 2 in 2004. The film takes place after a massacre that killed the fiancé and friends of the main character, The Bride, at the chapel in which she was to be married; she was also thought to have been killed by being shot in the head. However, The Bride survived, but was put into a coma for four years as a result of the attack. Upon finally awakening she plots her vengeance against the killers.

Deadly Viper Assassination Squad

Beatrix Kiddo (Black Mamba, also known as The Bride)

Beatrix Kiddo, a.k.a. The Bride (portrayed by Uma Thurman), is the protagonist of the film. She abandons her life as a hired assassin for the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (DeVAS) upon realizing she is pregnant with Bill's child, denying him the right of fatherhood to preserve her unborn's future. This action provokes the attacks on her and her loved ones and its ensuing revenge, which is the entire basis of the film. Her code name while working for DVAS was Black Mamba.

Bill (Snake Charmer)

Bill (portrayed by David Carradine) is the main antagonist of the film. He is the founder and leader of The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, to which The Bride formerly belonged, and also her former lover. Because the code names of the members are all referring to venomous snakes, Bill's code name is Snake Charmer. He and the four remaining Deadly Vipers attempt to kill her after she learns she is carrying Bill's child and leaves him without warning. Some time after the massacre, the squad has disbanded. When Bill finds out The Bride isn't dead but instead in a coma, he sends former Squad member and mistress Elle Driver to the hospital to kill her, but Bill changes his mind and tells Elle to abort the mission, saying that killing a helpless person would demean the name of the Assassination Squad.

O-Ren Ishii (Cottonmouth)

O-Ren Ishii, a.k.a. Cottonmouth (portrayed by Lucy Liu), is a half-Japanese, half-Chinese-American woman. O-Ren experienced her first encounter of death when at the age of nine, while hiding underneath a bed, she witnessed both her parents being brutally murdered under the orders of a Yakuza boss (who turned out to be a pedophile) and his associates. An anime flashback showed her father in a U.S. Army uniform wearing the rank of sergeant major fighting the assassins. Though he was apparently a skilled martial artist who took down two of the boss's men, he was eventually overwhelmed and killed, along with his wife whom the crime boss personally murdered by killing her in either the head or the chest with the same sword used to execute her father. The house was later destroyed in a fire to cover up the act but young O-Ren escaped and although she was left physically unharmed, she was left psychologically and emotionally scarred for life, swearing revenge against the crime boss responsible. After going

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through intense training, two years later and at the age of eleven, she succeeded in getting her revenge against the crime boss by sneaking into his house and killed him but not before asking if he remembered her or if she looked like someone he'd killed. Once she'd murdered the crime boss, O-Ren killed his two bodyguards and escaped, later becoming an expert assassin, proficient in marksmanship and sword fighting, raising through the ranks to become one of the world's top female assassins at the age of twenty. Though once a member of the Deadly Vipers, she eventually became the head of the Tokyo Yakuza, with Bill's help, and possessed her own bodyguard army, the Crazy 88. O-Ren is fiercely proud of her heritage, going so far as to decapitate her own subordinate when he vented his frustration over being led by "a Chinese Jap-American half breed bitch".

The Showdown at House of Blue Leaves is the chapter in which O-Ren Ishii visits a Japanese club together with various Crazy 88 members, her lawyer and friend Sofie Fatale, and personal teenage bodyguard, Gogo Yubari. While sitting in a room apart from the other guests, O-Ren hears a sound outside the room and throws a dart in that direction. She orders Gogo to take a look; however, Gogo finds nothing. Later, Sofie Fatale is captured by The Bride and taken to the main hall of the restaurant, where The Bride calls O-Ren, who appears with her bodyguards. The Bride reveals herself to O-Ren, cutting off Sofie's arm, horrifying the other guests to flee the restaurant. The Bride defeats countless Crazy 88s and Gogo, finally meeting O-Ren in a garden scene atop the club. During the battle, O-Ren mocks The Bride as a "silly Caucasian girl who likes to play with samurai swords." After resuming their fight, O-Ren receives a wound and apologizes for her earlier remark. The Bride accepts and eventually kills O-Ren by lopping off the top of her head. It is hinted that O-Ren and the Bride may have had a genuine friendship in the past; O-Ren is the only member of the Deadly Vipers besides Bill that the Bride shows any remorse over. O-Ren utters with her dying breath "That really was a Hattori Hanzo sword", having been close enough to both see the symbol of Hattori Hanzo and feel the blade.

Vernita Green (Copperhead)

Vernita Green, a.k.a. Copperhead (portrayed by Vivica A. Fox), is a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad who took part in the massacre at the Two Pines Wedding Chapel. She is second on the Bride's "Death List Five". Four years after the massacre, she is depicted living a normal life under the alias of Jeannie Bell. She is trained in hand-to-hand combat and knife fighting, and it is hinted that she and The Bride share a mutual, professional respect for each other. At the start of the first movie, they engage in a vicious fight, destroying Vernita's living room in the process. However, the fight is interrupted when Green's four-year-old daughter, Nikki, arrives home from school in the middle of the fight, and they stop fighting because the Bride does not wish to kill Vernita in front of her child. Green sends Nikki to her room and she talks with the Bride over coffee, apologizing for betraying her and asking for mercy on behalf of her daughter and family. The Bride coldly refuses and they agree to meet in the middle of the night to have a knife fight. However, Vernita betrays her promise, and shoots at the Bride with a handgun concealed within a box of Kaboom cereal. She misses, and the Bride throws a knife into her heart, killing her instantly. Nikki unintentionally witnesses her mother's death, for which the Bride apologizes. The Bride then adds that, when Nikki grows up, if she ever wants to avenge her mother's death she'll be waiting for her and leaves.

Incidentally, Vernita Green's alias (Jeannie Bell) is a direct reference to the actress and former Playboy Playmate

Jeanne Bell who starred in the 1974 blaxpoitation film T.N.T. Jackson (writer/director Tarantino is a noted fan of cult 1970's cinema).

Elle Driver (California Mountain Snake)

Elle Driver, a.k.a. California Mountain Snake (portrayed by Daryl Hannah), is another swordswoman who is loyal to Bill. Elle and the Bride despise each other immensely, and it is implied that their mutual hatred came to be before the events of the film. Elle is jealous of the Bride's status as Bill's lover, implying that Elle herself also had some kind of sexual relationship with him. Despite this, Elle does grudgingly respect the Bride, describing her as "the greatest warrior [she] had ever met" and also believing that she deserved better than to have supposedly met her end

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at the hands of someone like Budd.

Like Bill and The Bride, Elle was trained by Pai Mei. When she showed disrespect to Pai Mei by calling him a "miserable old fool", he responded by plucking out her right eye for her insolence, which is why she is shown to wear an eyepatch. In retaliation, Elle murdered Pai Mei by poisoning his meal of fish-heads. When Bill learns that the Bride survived the attempt on her life, he orders Elle to go kill her at the hospital where she was then lying comatose. Disguised as a nurse, Elle nearly injects the Bride with a deadly poison when Bill calls her to abort the mission. Though Elle wanted to kill the Bride while she was incapacitated, she abides by Bill's wishes.

When Budd (Sidewinder) captures the Bride, he calls Elle to offer her the Bride's Hanzo sword. Elle agrees to pay one million dollars for the sword, on the condition that Budd makes The Bride "suffer until her last breath". Budd buries the Bride alive, but she eventually escapes and lies in wait near Budd's trailer. Elle pays Budd for the sword with a suitcase containing $1 million but when Budd opens the case, a concealed black mamba bites Budd and he succumbs to its venom. Elle calls Bill and frames the Bride for Budd's death, also taking credit for Budd's live burial of the Bride and tells Bill the grave's location. When Elle is about to leave the trailer, the Bride ambushes her. The two women engage in an improvised weapons fight which evolves into a sword fight, with the Bride having to use Budd's Hanzo sword (thought to have been long-ago pawned, by Budd's statement to Bill). During the fight, Elle reveals that she killed Pai Mei; enraged, the Bride snatches out Elle's remaining eye. The Bride leaves Elle, now completely blind, thrashing wildly on the floor of the trailer with the black mamba still loose inside. Though it can be inferred that Elle was also killed by the black mamba, her fate is unknown or rather undecided.

Budd (Sidewinder)

Budd, a.k.a. Sidewinder (portrayed by Michael Madsen), is Bill's degenerate younger brother who was recognized by Bill as 'the only man I ever loved', an epigraph etched onto Budd's Hanzo sword. He was the only other male Deadly Viper Squad member and, since the assassination squad's disbandment, adopted a redneck-like life-style. Living in a mobile home where he steadily became an alcoholic, Budd makes ends meet by working as a bouncer at a local strip club. When told by Bill that Beatrix was coming to kill him, Budd philosophically stated "That woman deserves her revenge. And we deserve to die. But then again, so does she." (When Budd makes this statement in Volume 1, the last sentence is not included; the full statement is spoken in Volume 2). Budd once owned a Hattori Hanzo katana, and told Bill and Elle that he had sold it for $250 in El Paso, Texas. He actually lied because The Bride later found the sword in a golf bag in the bedroom of Budd's trailer. During Bill and Budd's discourse, Bill mentions an unpleasant event between the two of them that led to their falling out, but the details of this event are never explicitly mentioned.

When the Bride finally does find Budd, he is prepared for her sneak attack, shooting her with rock salt from a double-barreled shotgun (making him the only Deadly Viper to single-handedly defeat The Bride) and buries her alive (later described as a 'Texas funeral'). Before closing the casket, he tells The Bride that her live burial is retribution for breaking Bill's heart. Returning to his trailer, Budd gives the Bride's priceless Hattori Hanzo sword to Elle in return for $1 million in cash; he is then repeatedly bitten in the face by a black mamba concealed in the suitcase (ironically The Bride's Deadly Viper codename) containing the cash. She takes advantage of the situation in torturing Budd slowly by reading useful information about Black Mamba poison and the effects off it if not injected with anti-venom. As he dies in agony minutes later, Elle tells Budd that she feels regret because she never had a chance to take the Bride on herself and that she had to die at the hands of miserable cowboy like him.

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Associates of O-Ren Ishii

In the quest for revenge, The Bride's first target is O-Ren Ishii, who during the intervening four years has risen to become a major leader of the Tokyo organized crime world. But before The Bride battles and defeats her, she must first confront and bring down her associates one by one.

Sofie Fatale

Sofie Fatale (portrayed by Julie Dreyfus) is O-Ren Ishii's lawyer, second-in-command, and best friend. [1][2] Sofie Fatale is of mixed Japanese/French descent and serves as an interpreter and is seen speaking English, Japanese and French fluently. [3] Although she is referred to as a protege of Bill's, she does not display any martial arts skills during her appearances.

Sofie Fatale is present at the "House of Blue Leaves" when The Bride arrives to kill O-Ren Ishii. The Bride is riding her motorbike through Tokyo, stalking Sofie's Nissan Fairlady Z when she is seen at a stop light using her phone; her left-handedness, and later, the phone's "Auld Lang Syne" ringtone, are recognized by The Bride. She remembers that Sofie was present during the El Paso massacre, and while she did not assist in beating The Bride, she did answer her ringing phone, while callously ignoring the injured Bride and the rest of the carnage. The Bride captures Sofie at the House of Blue Leaves and brings her to O-Ren Ishii. The Bride then cuts off Sofie's left arm (the arm she holds her phone with) as a means of both exacting revenge on her and showing Ishii her intentions for a duel. [4]

Later, The Bride interrogates Sofie to learn the location of the rest of the members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, threatening to further dismember her when she refuses to speak. She then sends her rolling down a hill to a hospital for medical attention so she can live on and tell Bill what has happened and that the Bride is still alive. [5][6] Although her fate is left ambiguous, Tarantino has commented that a potential third Kill Bill movie would focus on the revenge of Vernita's daughter Nikki against the Bride, and that Nikki would be trained by Elle and Sofie. Apparently, Sofie would inherit all of O-Ren and Bill's money. [citation needed]

Crazy 88

The Crazy 88 are a masked Yakuza gang under her control who originally employed to help O-Ren take control of the Tokyo underworld. It includes members of both sexes and a wide age range. Most of them fight using katanas except for three members. One is shown with a pair of throwing axes and another is seen briefly wielding a meteor hammer. Johnny Mo, the clan's leader (under O-Ren), uses dual shortswords which, when each is sheathed in the other's handle, can be used as a fighting staff. The Bride manages to fend off the entire gang, killing, mortally wounding, and dismembering many. After the fight, any surviving member was taken into custody after leaving the nightclub. Their arrest by Japanese police and hospitalization before being locked up in prison is not shown. One of the last of the Crazy 88 member the Bride faces before O-Ren is a very timid teenage boy whose katana she cuts into several pieces with her own, after which he surrenders immediately. She spanks him with the flat of her blade and orders him to leave the criminal business by the word "Go home to your mother".

Aside from Johnny Mo, only one member of the Crazy 88 is identified and named. Miki is apparently O-Ren Ishii's bodyguard, aside from Gogo. He is the first member to attack the Bride although he's quickly killed when the Bride impales his chest with her sword. Quentin Tarantino appears as one of the members whose throat is slit after the Bride dismembers the eye of one of the gangsters.

The Crazy 88 allegedly does not actually have eighty-eight members. Bill says that they adopted the name because it "sounded cool". There are only 40 actors credited to the Crazy 88. [7]

Metaphors are used to create the Crazy 88. 8 (hachi, ya) is considered a lucky number in some Eastern culturesWikipedia:Avoid weasel words - it suggests growing prosperous, because the letter () broadens gradually. 8 (ya) was also seen as holy in ancient times. [citation needed] . Another metaphor is that there are 88 keys on a standard piano. The gang are dressed in black and white like the piano keys.

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There are two different versions of the fight scene with the Crazy 88. The original version was released as a Japanese Unrated Limited Edition DVD in Japan and U.S. which has the fight in full color. Tarantino was forced to tone down the violence of the whole fight the scene by omitting a few scenes and adding a black and white effect to the finished product for the film's release. The Black and White version is used on television airings up to this day.

Johnny Mo

Johnny Mo (portrayed by Gordon Liu, who also portrays Pai Mei in the sequel) is the leader of O-Ren's personal army, the Crazy 88. Johnny Mo is most prominently featured in the "House of Blue Leaves" scene. After The Bride kills Gogo Yubari and O-Ren Ishii's six bodyguards, Johnny Mo, armed with a pair of shōtō, arrives with an army of Crazy 88s. He is a more proficient fighter than the rest of the gang, nearly tipping the scales in their favor and holding his own against The Bride for several minutes alone while fighting her on top of a balcony railing. She eventually chops off his leg and he falls into a bloodied fountain pool from the second floor balcony and is presumed dead thereafter.

Gogo Yubari

Gogo Yubari (portrayed by Chiaki Kuriyama) is a young associate of O-Ren Ishii. Gogo is a bloodthirsty and severely disturbed seventeen-year-old schoolgirl who takes a sadistic delight in killing. Her fighting style is a combination of wushu techniques using chain whip and rope dart. She is O-Ren's top assassin and personal bodyguard. Gogo's disturbed mind and vicious penchant for killing is displayed when she offers herself to a drunken

man in a bar and then disembowels him, asking him, "Do you still wish to penetrate me? penetrated you?"

...

Or is it I who has

Later on, she takes on Beatrix Kiddo when the latter has already slaughtered several of O-Ren Ishii's immediate guards at the House of Blue Leaves. Although the Bride gives her the opportunity to walk away, Gogo refuses and takes her on with a large meteor hammer, almost overcoming the Bride by strangling her savagely with the chain. Eventually Kiddo distracts Gogo by driving a broken chair leg studded with nails into her foot, then kills her by driving the nails into the side of her head.

Gogo Yubari resembles the character that Chiaki Kuriyama previously portrayed in the 2000 Japanese film, Battle Royale, [8] Takako Chigusa.

Other characters

B.B.

B.B. (portrayed by Perla Haney-Jardine) is the four-year-old daughter of The Bride and Bill who was in utero during the massacre at the Two Pines chapel. Upon first coming out of her coma, The Bride believes her unborn child was killed in the attack and promises to avenge her death. The audience does not learn that she is alive until the last line of Vol. 1, and The Bride does not find out until the final act of Vol. 2. B.B. was named (probably in homage to her parents, Beatrix and Bill) and raised by Bill, who in Vol. 2 openly admitted to her the terrible crime he had committed against The Bride.

Buck

Buck (portrayed by Michael Bowen) is a male nurse at the hospital where The Bride laid comatose for four years. During this period, he regularly took sexual advantage of The Bride, raping her unconscious body and later also prostituting her to other male clients. After she first awakens, The Bride attacks Buck and interrogates him on the whereabouts of Bill. Suddenly, she begins recalling Buck's prior assaults on her (including his infamous line, "My name's Buck and I'm here to fuck!") and, in a fit of rage, slams his head with a door, killing him with an intracranial hemorrhage. The Bride then steals Buck's clothes and escapes from the hospital in his truck, the "Pussy Wagon"

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(censored to "Party Wagon" for network broadcast). She uses the truck during her scenes in the United States during Volume 1, but in Volume 2 says that it has broken down and she has thus acquired another vehicle.

Earl McGraw

Earl McGraw (portrayed by Michael Parks) is a Texas Ranger who investigates the murders at the wedding chapel, and the first person to realize that The Bride has managed to survive the attack. This is the second appearance of McGraw in a Tarantino film, as he had previously been a character in From Dusk till Dawn (in which he was killed by Tarantino himself starring as Richie Gecko); he would later appear in both features that make up Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse.

Esteban Vihaio

Esteban Vihaio (portrayed by Michael Parks) is an eighty-year-old Mexican pimp based in the border city of Ciudad Acuña who, as a friend of Bill and Budd's mother, was seen by Bill as a father figure. His prostitutes' illegitimate children are apparently recruited into an organized crime gang called the Acuña Boys, of which Esteban is the de facto leader. When The Bride visits him, he tells her of Bill's whereabouts, noting that it is what Bill would have wanted Esteban to do ("How else is he ever going to see you again?"). He also notes that if he were in Bill's situation when Bill had tracked the Bride down he says he would have only mutilated her face instead of trying to kill herrevealed as his apparent discipline of choice for his prostitutes.

Hattori Hanzō

Hattori Hanzō (portrayed by Sonny Chiba) is still the finest swordsmith in the world; however, he has not created a new sword in 28 years since taking a blood oath before God to never again make instruments of death. He became the owner of a sushi shop in Okinawa. The choice of Okinawa was deliberate, as the island is regarded as one of the worst places to get sushi, making a sushi shop there an excellent hiding place. [citation needed] Hanzō initially met the Bride when she was under the guise of an American tourist visiting Okinawa. Hanzō initially refused to make a sword for her, or even give her one he had previously made, but was convinced to make one for her after the Bride alluded that she wanted to kill his former student Bill. It is also alluded in the film that the mere mention of Bill's name was sufficient to make Hanzō violate his blood oath because Bill did something to make Hanzō truly furious with him (possibly because Bill chose to become a contract killer), and made the sword so Bill could be killed with it. According to Hanzō, it is the finest and sharpest sword he has ever made, and stated to The Bride "If, on your journey, should you encounter God, God will be cut." When the Bride tells Bill that she got him to make her a sword by giving him his name, Bill admits "that'd do it."

Quentin Tarantino stated in the supplementary material on the Kill Bill DVD that the character was named in tribute to Sonny Chiba's former role as Hattori Hanzō (the real-life historical 16th-century Iga Ninja) in Shadow Warriors (Kage no Gundan). The joke is that Chiba played multiple generations of the character: even when the character actually died, the next installment would shift to covering his descendant, also named "Hattori Hanzō" after his famous predecessor. The implication is that the "Hattori Hanzō" seen in Kill Bill is the current descendant of the Hanzō lineage in the present-day. Tarantino went so far as to call him Hattori Hanzō the XIV.

Chiba's own daughter, Japanese actress Juri Manase, also appears as a member of the Crazy 88.

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Karen Kim

Karen Kim (portrayed by Helen Kim) is an assassin sent to kill The Bride while she was still a Deadly Viper. She narrowly misses hitting The Bride with shotgun fire. Before the shootout can worsen, Karen is convinced to leave in peace when The Bride proves that she is pregnant, to which Karen says 'Congratulations', and then leaves.

Larry

Larry (portrayed by Larry Bishop) is the owner of the strip club, My Oh My Club, where Budd works as a bouncer. He is seen doing cocaine with one of the dancers before Budd strolls into work 20 minutes late. An argument ensues over the fact that "there is nobody there to bounce". He almost fires Budd but tells him to come back when he calls him.

Nikita "Nikki" Bell

Nikita "Nikki" Bell (portrayed by Ambrosia Kelley [9] ) is a young girl and the four-year-old daughter to Vernita Green and Dr. Lawrence Bell. She makes an appearance in Vol. 1 when she unknowingly interrupts a battle between her mother and The Bride in the living room. Vernita explains that the family dog made the mess, to conceal her past from Nikki. Nikki accidentally witnesses her mother's death at the hands of The Bride, who was unaware that Nikki was present until she turned around and saw her. The Bride tells her that her mother had it coming. However, with sympathy, the Bride tells Nikki if she still feels "raw" about it, she will be waiting for her in the future. Quentin Tarantino has commented that any potential Kill Bill sequel will focus on her revenge against the Bride.

Pai Mei

"Pai Mei" redirects here. For the historical figure, see Bak Mei.

Pai Mei (Chinese: 白 眉; pinyin: Bái Méi; literally White Eyebrow) was performed by veteran Chinese actor Gordon Liu (who previously played Johnny Mo in the prequel). As depicted in the film, Pai Mei was a powerful, very old, practitioner of the Bak Mei style of kung fu. Pai Mei was the former teacher and master of The Bride, Bill, and Elle, although it is unclear if he instructed the other members of the DeVAS. Despite being a wise and knowledgeable White Lotus priest, he also was bigoted (specifically towards Caucasians), xenophobic towards the Japanese and Americans), and a misogynist. He only agreed to take on The Bride as a student after having a very violent (offscreen) martials arts duel with Bill, who then adds that Pai Mei was a very, very old man whose advancing years had taught him the value of company, while not brightening up his angry disposition. In spite of being both a Caucasian American and a woman, Beatrix ultimately wins his approval for her perseverance under his torturous training regimen.

Pai Mei was alleged to be able to perform the lethal Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique. Bill describes the technique as the deadliest blow in all of martial arts. He adds that Pai Me hits the victim with his finger tips at five different pressure points on the victim's body and then lets him/her walk away. But once the victim has taken five steps, the heart explodes inside the body and the victim dies [9]

Pai Mei claims that he teaches no one this maneuver. He ultimately makes an exception because he has given the Bride his sincere respect after the first stages of brutal training. He teaches the Bride this blow offscreen and the Bride, in turn, uses it to kill Bill.

Elle, Pai Mei's last student, is responsible for his death. During a training session, Elle insults Pai Mei by calling him a "miserable old fool". As punishment for her insolence, Pai Mei plucks out Elle's right eye. In retribution, Elle puts a deadly poison in fish heads that he subsequently eats, killing him.

In the first version of the script, Gordon Liu' character speaks Cantonese while Quentin Tarantino dubs his voice in English and it resulted in a bad dub job. This idea was ultimately discarded, and Mei's dialogue was left undubbed. [10]

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Rufus

The organ player at the Two Pines chapel, Rufus is a former professional blues musician who died in the massacre.

Rufus states that he has played with Rufus Thomas and numerous other well-known R&B acts: "I was a Drell. I was

a Drifter. I was a Coaster. I was part of The Gang. I was a

Bar-Kay...

If they come through Texas, I done played with

them." The character was portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson, who had starred in two previous Tarantino films, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown; and starred in Django Unchained later on and performed the narration in two scenes in Inglourious Basterds.

Tommy Plympton

Tommy Plympton (portrayed by Christopher Allen Nelson) is The Bride's fiancé who is murdered at Two Pines. He is the proprietor of a record shop and employed The Bride, who used the assumed name Arlene Machiavelli when she met him.

References

[6] Film Review, paged 57. Visual Imagination Ltd., 2004. Item notes: no.50-52(2004) [10] http:/ / www. mooviees. com/ 7582/ trivia

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Music

Kill Bill Vol. 1 Original Soundtrack

 

Kill Bill Vol. 1 Original Soundtrack

 
 

Soundtrack album to Kill Bill Vol. 1 by various artists

Released

September 23, 2003

Length

47:02

Quentin Tarantino

 

Quentin Tarantino film soundtrack chronology

Kill Bill Vol. 1 Original

 

Soundtrack

(1997)

(2003)

(2004)

 
 

RZA film soundtrack chronology

 

Kill Bill Vol. 1 Original Soundtrack

 

(2003)

(2003)

(2003)

Professional

 
 

ratings

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Kill Bill Vol. 1 Original Soundtrack is the soundtrack to the first volume of the two-part Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill. Released on September 23, 2003, it reached #45 on the Billboard 200 album chart and #1 on the soundtracks chart. It was organized, and mostly produced and orchestrated by RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan.

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Soundtrack development

In a 2003 Interview, RZA spoke about the soundtrack's creation process:

It was more of a collaboration. He had an idea and a vision when he wrote the script. I think I was more of somebody that kept it in the guidelines of what he wanted. He was like, here go the eggs, the milk, the cake, the sugar, everything, and Im going to stir it up. Put this in the oven, watch it, take it out in forty-five minutes. Now, am I going to take it out in forty five minutes or am I going to fall asleep? I made sure it got out and if I saw something wrong with it, I fixed it. So when he saw it, he was like, this is cake. There was one situation where you see, "Crane and White Lightning." Thats part of the original score, so its not really a song. A lot of that stuff is what I use to keep the vibe going between songs.

"Crane and White Lightning" is a piece of music that Quentin wanted on the soundtrack, but was originally set for a Metallica track. Theres only one piece of music that I didnt feel comfortable with when we were done. We lost a sample, I made one Hip Hop beat. I was like I gotta throw one in there. Quentin loved this beat. We rocked with it and it was one of the first things we did. I could've gotten away with it. It was a sample, but so undetectable. So unnoticeable. I wanted to take a chance, but in the movie business you cant take those kind of chances. I wouldnt risk nobody else. If it was my movie, I would have taken a chance. But this is Quentin Tarantinos movie. [2]

Track listing

The last three are merely noises that occur as sound effects in the movie.

The vinyl record version includes only the first fifteen tracks.

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Not included

Numerous tracks used in the film and to advertise it were not included in the soundtrack album:

"Seven Notes in Black" by Vince Tempera From Sette note in nero ("Seven Notes in Black"; AKA The

Psychic). Heard when The Bride awakens and fends off her would-be rapists; background music for the RZA's "Ode to O-ren" "Truck Turner Theme" by Isaac Hayes heard, appropriately enough, when The Bride tracks down Buck's truck.

"A Long Day of Vengeance" by Armando Trovaioli From I Lunghi Giorni Della Vendetta. Heard in the anime

sequence after one of Boss Matsumoto's men murders O-Ren's father. "Kaifuku Suru Kizu (The Wound That Heals)" by Lily Chou-Chou From the film All About Lily Chou-Chou.

Heard when The Bride marvels at Hattori Hanzo's sword collection. "I'm Blue" and "I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield" additional songs performed by the 5.6.7.8's in the House of Blue

Leaves. "From Man to Man" from the Death Rides a Horse soundtrack by Ennio Morricone heard in the House of Blue

Leaves battle. Used prominently to advertise Kill Bill. Kenka Karate Kyokushin Ken Opening Themeheard in the house of Blue Leaves when the bride fights the boss

of the crazy 88s´´ (Terockman "Nobody but Me" by The Human Beinz heard in the House of Blue Leaves battle.

"Police Check Point" by Harry Betts (from the film Black Mama, White Mama) heard briefly in the House of

Blue Leaves battle. "Yagyu Conspiracy" by Toshiaki Tsushima (from Shogun's Samurai) background music for "You're My

Wicked Life" "Funky Fanfare" by Keith Mansfield heard as the logo music for the Our Feature Presentation film snipe.

"I Giorni Dell'Ira" by Riz Ortolani (from "Day of Anger") heard when The Bride plucks an eye from one of the

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Crazy 88. Intrestingly, this track would be later used in another Tarantino film Django Unchained, where it was included in the soundtrack. Other brief clips are not included nor are credits as to who wrote or performed them available.

References

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Kill Bill Vol. 2 Original Soundtrack

Kill Bill Vol. 2 Original Soundtrack

 

Soundtrack album to Kill Bill Vol. 2 by various artists

Released

April 13, 2004

 
 

Length

46:12

 

Quentin Tarantino

 

RZA

 

Quentin Tarantino film soundtrack chronology

Kill Bill Vol. 2 Original

Soundtrack

(2003)

(2004)

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Kill Bill Vol. 2 Original Soundtrack is the soundtrack to the second volume of the two-part Quentin Tarantino film, Kill Bill. First released on April 13, 2004, it reached #58 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Billboard soundtracks chart in the US. It also reached the ARIA Top 50 album charts in Australia. It was orchestrated by Tarantino's fellow filmmaker and personal friend Robert Rodriguez, as well as RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. []

Development

Robert Rodriguez was hired by Tarantino to score the film. Rodriguez did it as a favour for his friend, Tarantino, asking to be paid one dollar for his work. Tarantino repaid this favour by directing a scene of Rodriguez's Sin City for the same fee. [2] RZA said of the soundtrack:

"With Kill Bill I did score and songs, meaning that we put a lot of songs in [the movie] from old collections of records and I composed music for some scenes, natural music. When we did Kill Bill 2, you know, we brought Robert Rodriguez in. Check this out, he took my music and he kept the foundation there, though. With Robert he didn't want to remove any of the electronic [sounds]. He said 'No.' I was like 'Take out all the electronic stuff, you know, so it can be [more like a traditional score].' He said 'No, man. I like the electronic stuff. This is the reason I wanted to do this.' So he took the electronic stuff and kept it there, then built the orchestrations on top of it, you know what I mean?" [3]

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Track listing

Hidden Track: "Black Mamba" by The Wu-Tang Clan 2:38 (Appears at the end of Urami Bushi, after a lengthy period of silence.)

Song notes

"About Her" by Malcolm McLaren sampled The Zombies's song "She's Not There" and Bessie Smith from the movie "St. Louis Blues"

Not included

Numerous noteworthy tracks used in the film and to advertise it were not included in the soundtrack album:

Nora Orlandi's "Dies Irae" used in the conversation between Bill and Budd.

"Ay Que Caray" by Marilu Esmeralda Aguiluiz source music in the strip club.

"Budd's Trailer Suspicions" original, incidental music by Robert Rodriguez, heard when The Bride lurks

around Budd's trailer. "A Fistful of Dollars (prima)" by Ennio Morricone, from A Fistful of Dollars heard as Budd spits on the bride

and injects her with tranquilizers. "Il mercenario (ripresa)" by Ennio Morricone, from the film The Mercenary heard as Budd seals The Bride in

the coffin. "Pai Mei Theme" original incidental music by Robert Rodriguez; heard as The Bride ascends the stairs to Pai

Mei's temple. "Title Theme from Three Tough Guys" by Isaac Hayes used for the Bride/Pai Mei fight training sequence.

"Invincible Pole Fighter" by Sho Chun Hou & Stephen Shing; used for The Bride's training montage with Pai

Mei. "Sunny Road to Salina" performed by Christophe and composed by Bernard Girard used for The Bride's march

through the desert, frequently used in Kill Bill ads. The "Budd Twang" original guitar piece by Robert Rodriguez, one version heard after Budd shoots the Bride,

another when Elle is about to escape with the cash. "I giorni dell'ira" (Days of Anger) by Riz Ortolani When Elle does a mid air kick toward the Bride with sound

effects. "The Demise of Barbara and the Return of Joe" by Ennio Morricone, from Navajo Joe, used for the death of Bill.

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References

 

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Tarantino on February 25, 2011

Born

Quentin Jerome Tarantino March 27, 1963 [1] Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Nationality

American

Education

Occupation

Film director, producer, screenwriter, actor

Years active

1984present

Notable work(s)

Influenced by

Height

6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)

Parents

Connie McHugh (mother) Tony Tarantino (father)

Quentin Jerome Tarantino [8] (pronunciation: /ˌtærənˈtiːnoʊ/; born March 27, 1963) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. His films have been characterized by nonlinear storylines, satirical subject matter and an aestheticization of violence that often results in the exhibition of neo-noir characteristics. [9] Tarantino has been dubbed a "director DJ," comparing his stylistic use of mix-and-match genre and music infusion to the use of sampling in DJ exhibits, morphing a variety of old works to create a new one. [10]

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Tarantino grew up an avid film fan and worked in a video rental store while training to act. His career began in the late 1980s, when he wrote and directed My Best Friend's Birthday; its screenplay

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would form the basis for True Romance. In the early 1990s, he began his career as an independent filmmaker with the release of Reservoir Dogs (1992); regarded as a classic and cult hit, it was opined as the "Greatest Independent Film of All Time" by Empire magazine. Its popularity was boosted by the release of his second film, Pulp Fiction (1994), a neo-noir crime film that became a major critical and commercial success, widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. Paying homage to 1970s blaxploitation films, Tarantino released Jackie Brown in 1997, an adaptation of the novel Rum Punch.

Kill Bill followed six years later released as two films,