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Quentin Tarantino's 4th film. The Bride, played by Uma Thurman, is out for revenge against the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad who killed her fiance and her unborn child. Using her martial arts mastery, The Bride kills anyone who gets in her way - leaving pools of blood in her wake.
I am finished doing what I swore an oath to God 28 years ago to never do again. I've created, "something that kills people." And in that purpose, I was a success. I've done this because, philosophically, I am sympathetic to your aim. I can tell you with no ego, this is my finest sword. If on your journey, you should encounter God, God will be cut.
Kill Bill Vol. 1 is similar to Quentin Tarantino's other films in that it follows non-linear story telling. It is divided into 5 chapters.
*Warning Spoilers Ahead!*
Kill Bill Vol. 1 introduces us to the Bride (Uma Thurman), as she lies bloodied and battered on the floor of a wedding chapel as Bill (David Carradine) walks over and finishes her off with a bullet to the head.
Chapter One: 2
The city of Pasadena, California.
The Bride and Vernita
Four Years later, the Bride arrives at the home of Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. The Squad killed the Bride's fiance and her unborn child, and the Bride's looking for revenge. Her and Vernita get into a knife fight , which gets interrupted by Vernita's child coming home from school. The Bride and Vernita head to the kitchen and plan to continue their fight later on. Vernita shoots at the Bride with a gun disguised as a box of cereal, but she misses and the Bride takes the chance to kill Vernita with her knife. The Bride goes back to her car and crosses Vernita off of her Death List. She drives away in her truck the "Pussy Wagon."
Chapter Two: The blood-spattered BRIDE
"Four years and six months earlier in the city of El Paso, Texas."
Two Texas sheriffs investigate the massacre at the wedding chapel. One of them, Earl McGraw (Michael Parks), stands over the Bride, who spits in his face. She is sent to the hospital in a comatose state. One of the Deadly Vipers, Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), comes into the hospital, planning to kill the Bride in her sleep. She disguises herself as a nurse and sneaks into the Bride's room. Just as she's about to finish her plan, she gets a call from Bill. Bill tells her to call of the plan, because the Bride deserves to die with more respect.
Buck and the trucker
Four years later, the Bride violently awakens from her coma, and she mourns the loss of her unborn child. She pretends to be back in her coma when her doctor Buck (Michael Bowen) and a trucker (Jonathan Loughran) enter her room. It turns out for the past four years Buck has been letting people have sex with the Bride in her coma, in exchange for money. Buck leaves the trucker alone with the Bride. The Bride bites off the trucker's tongue, and tries to escape, but after four years she has trouble walking. Buck enters the room, and is attacked and killed by the Bride. The Bride steals the keys to Buck's truck the "Pussy Wagon" (as seen in Chapter One). She manages to claw her way into the truck, and tries to wiggle her limbs out of entropy.
Chapter Three: The Origin of O-Ren
O-Ren hides under the bed as her mother gets stabbed.
The Bride tells the story of one of the Deadly Vipers, O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu), in an Anime flashback. O-Ren was born in an American Military Base. At age nine, she witnessed the death of her parents at the hands of the ruthless Yakuza boss, Boss Matsumoto (Naomi Kusumi). O-Ren exacted revenge on Matsumoto two years later. O-Ren tricked Matsumoto into having sex, but stabbed her sword into his stomach instead. She lets her sword out, as a massive amount of blood gushes out of him. By age twenty, O-Ren was one of the top female assassins in the world. Five years later, she took part in the wedding massacre that put the Bride in the hospital. After thirteen hours, the Bride manages to get her limbs wiggling again, and takes a one way trip to Okinawa.
Chapter Four: The MAN From OKINAWA
The island of OKINAWA, JAPAN
The Bride arrives in Okinawa and meets with Hattori Hanzo (Sonny Chiba) at his sushi shop. The two have some small talk, and the Bride surprises Hattori by revealing that she knows his name and came to meet him. Hattori formerly made samurai swords, and the Bride is interested in buying one, but Hattori refuses to give one to her. The Bride reveals to Hattori that the man she is trying to kill is Bill, a former student of Hattori. Hattori agrees to make the sword for the Bride. After a month, the Bride receives her swords.
Chapter Five: Showdown at House of Blue Leaves
Don't mess with O-Ren.
One year after the wedding massacre, O-Ren was put at the top of the Japanese Yakuza underworld. By her side, is her posse the Crazy 88, Sofie Fatale (Julie Dreyfus), Gogo Yubari (Chiaki Kuriyama), and Johnny Mo (Gordon Liu). O-Ren makes it clear to the Yakuza council that her Chinese or American heritage is not a negative, by slicing of the head of a member who says it is.
The Bride about to take on the Crazy 88.
With O-Ren in her sights, the Bride takes off to Tokyo. With bodyguards aplenty, O-Ren arrives at a part at the House of Blue Leaves. The Bride is also at the party, hiding from O-Ren, until the opportune time. She captures Sofie and reveals herself to O-Ren. The Bride slices off Sofie's arm, and O-Ren sends some of her goons after her. The Bride cuts through the guards with great ease. O-Ren sends out Gogo, who also falls prey to the Bride. As a last-ditch effort, O-Ren calls in the Crazy 88, a posse comprised of 88 henchmen. After a lengthy, bloody battle, the Bride stands victorious and moves on to O-Ren.
The Bride finds O-Ren in a snowy, peaceful courtyard. The two have their final battle, with the Bride victorious. She holds Sofie hostage and demands information from her. Sofie gets released from the Bride's capture, now missing both arms. Sofie apologizes to Bill who tries to console her, and he reveals that the Bride's baby is still alive.
Tarantino came up with the idea of doing a revenge/exploitation movie with Uma Thurman on the set of Pulp Fiction. For the next couple of weeks, Thurman and Tarantino came up with ideas for what they called "Kill Bill" between takes on Pulp Fiction. Uma came up with the character of the Bride, and the introduction to her character in the beginning of Vol. 1. Tarantino and Thurman went their separate ways, with Tarantino beginning work on his war epic, and his next film Jackie Brown. After several years, Uma and Quentin met again, and Tarantino dug up the pages he'd written for "Kill Bill," and decided to turn it into a feature film starring Uma Thurman as the Bride.
Uma Thurman was the first to be cast for the difficult role of the Bride. Vivica A. Fox was cast for Vernita Green because Tarantino saw her film Two Can Play That Game in a video store, and decided to meet with Vivica. The last thing he remembered seeing her in was Independence Day. The character of O-Ren Ishii was originally going to be 100% Japanese, until Quentin saw Shanghai Noon, based on a friend's recommendation. He was very impressed with Lucy Liu, and casted her for the role of O-Ren. He also changed to character to be part American, part Japanese. and part Chinese. Tarantino was a big fan of Sonny Chiba, and wanted to work with him since he was a kid, based on his work in the Saturday morning Japanese series Shadow Warriors. Chiba played Hattori Hanzo, and his many ancestors in the show's four seasons. Quentin decided that Chiba's character would be an ancestor of his characters from Shadow Warriors.