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Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2 Facts, Trivia, & Info

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Mr. clasico, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. Mr. clasico

    Mr. clasico Banned

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    This is for Kill Biil fanatics. Post any info you think others would have missed, even some obvious info. Or some copmlex stuff noone would know about. I will start it off with this. enjoy, post more..
  2. Mr. clasico

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    Elle Driver is named after Sarah L. Kelly - a production assistant on Pulp Fiction and director of Full Tilt Boogie who was nicknamed "El Driver" on the PF set due to her penchant for driving around.

    The church scene was shot in the Mojave Desert outside of Lancaster, CA. Keep an eye out during this scene for a cameo by Samuel L. Jackson as a dead organ player and actor/director Bo Svenson as the preacher.

    Vivendi Universal have negotiated with Miramax and A Band Apart to develop a video game version of the movie. In a deal arranged by the William Morris Agency, Tarantino has signed on as a "creative consultant" and will provide exclusive filmed segments to supplement the gameplay. The game's release is set to coincide with KB's home video release date - likely in Spring of 2004. So do be patient. As of now, the game is planned to be released on all console formats as well as the PC.

    The film is being scored by RZA (of the Wu-Tang Clan) who will be putting out some retro-style scene-change themes (also known as "stabs"); he will be collaborating with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.

    The chapter title "Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?" seems to allude to the folk song "Billy Boy" which goes something like: "Can she bake a cherry pie, Billy Boy, Billy Boy? / Can she bake a cherry pie, charming Billy? / She can bake a cherry pie quick as a cat can wink her eye. / She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother." Perhaps a version of this song will be a part of the movie's score - might I suggest the Gina Young rendition that includes the line "Here comes the bride, all dressed in white."?

    The film's hospital scenes were filmed at the now defunct Saint Luke's Medical Center in Pasadena which currently operates exclusively as a movie set.

    Bill's "Deadly Viper Assassination Squad" are comprised of women bearing snake related codenames such as Black Mamba, Copperhead, Cottonmouth, and Sidewinder. These same names are given to members of the bad-guy group known as the Serpent Society, appearing in Captain America comic books.

    The chapter "Yuki's Revenge" (available in the first draft script on this site) was cut from filming to accommodate a new chapter, "Massacre at Two Pines" that details the attack on The Bride.

    Also changed from the original script -- the story of Pai Mei is no longer told in a Jeep on the way to the cruel master's temple. Rather, it is now unfolded in front of a campfire somewhere in the Chinese countryside, the night before Bill and The Bride arrive. With the aid of a flute (one of the silent flutes from Circle of Iron), Bill tells the tale of Pai Mei in a "Peter and The Wolf" type fashion.

    Quentin wrote a brand new scene during the middle of filming (in a spiral notebook in orange felt tip, no less) that replaces the gambling scene with L.F. O'Boyle (a relative of Blue Lou, perhaps?). The new sequence is a flashback of the first assassination that The Bride ever saw Bill carry out.

    During filming, the actors would often provide a "Hello, Sally!" take. This involved the actor finishing his or her take, turning to face the camera, and yelling "Hello, Sally!". Whether or not editor Sally Menke actually appreciates this has yet to be reported.

    Elle Driver closely resembles Christina Lindberg's character in the Swedish exploitation classic Thriller (aka They Call Her One Eye) who also suffers the unfortunate fate of having her eye plucked out by a cruel master.

    Okinawa is widely regarded as one of the worst possible places to get good sushi. In other words, a sushi joint in Okinawa would make a fine hiding place.

    Chapter 10 of Kill Bill is entitled "The Blood Splattered Bride". There is a 1972 B horror film called The Blood Spattered Bride about a newly wedded couple that is haunted and tortured by the ghost of a dead woman.

    The Lonely Grave of Paula Schultz is Chapter 8 of Kill Bill. There is a 1968 movie with the title The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz, a romantic comedy starring Elke Sommer as Paula and Bob Crane as, surprise surprise, Bill.

    In the script, The Bride says that "she went on what the movie advertisements refer to as a Roaring Rampage of Revenge". There is a 1971 Exploitation film called Bury Me an Angel (a female revenge film) whose tagline reads: "She's a Howling Hellcat Humping a Hot Steel Hog on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge!"

    Uma Thurman wears the same yellow jump suit that Bruce Lee wore in his final film.

    The character Pai Mei appears in several Shaw Bros Kung Fu films (www.shawstudios.com) from the 1970s-80s including "Fist of the White Lotus". Pai Mei means "White Eyebrow".

    At the beginning of Kill Bill there is a quote: "Revenge is a dish best served cold". This statement is also found in Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan, in which it referred to as an old Klingon proverb.

    In the film, Bill tells The Bride that Pai Mei is "Nietzche's psalm personified - if he doesn't kill you, he will make you stronger". This quote is also referenced at the beginning of Conan The Barbarian (1982), a film that also focuses on swords and gore. Another connection Kill Bill has with Conan is the references to snakes. In Conan the group that killed Conan's parents have a large logo with 2 serpents facing each other. The main leader, played by James Earl Jones, turns into a snake in the film.

    Hattori Hanzo was an ancient Samurai warrior in Japan in the 15th century. The character Hattori Hanzo was also on a TV show that QT and his friends would watch in the 80s.

    In beginning of the film True Romance, written by Tarantino, the main character (Clarence) is watching a samurai film starring Sonny Chiba a.k.a. Hattori Hanzo.

    Butch (Bruce Willis), the boxer in QT's film Pulp Fiction, uses a Japanese Katana sword -- similar to that used in KB -- to help out Marcellus

    Many thanks to http://come.to/killbill for a majority of the info.

    Pick up swords just like those seen in Kill Bill
  3. Mr. clasico

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    The name Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (DIVAS) was inspired by the fictional TV show that Thurman's character Mia Wallace filmed in Pulp Fiction.
    The part of The Bride was given to Uma as a 30th birthday present from Tarantino.
    The Bride kills 57 people in the House of Blue Leaves, not 88 like the name of the killers. This gets referred to in vol. 2.
    There are two instances during The Bride's fight with the Crazy 88's when the seemingly ubiquitous "Wilhelm scream" is heard.
    Buck's lines about using The Bride while in her coma, about the rules and "Are you clear on rule number one?" are similar to Seth's lines to Gloria in From Dusk Till Dawn, also writen by Quentin Tarantino.
    Sofie's cell phone ringer, along with Elle's, is the first line to "Auld Lang Syne" or "Should auld (old) acquaintance be forgot."
    At the beginning of the scene where the sheriff walks into the church after the wedding massacre, there is music playing. When the singers say "Donde esta.." there is a static sound like a radio changing station. Quentin used this same sound effect in the opening credits of Pulp Fiction to change from "Misorlou" to "Jungle Boogie".
    The whole idea where Uma Thurman (wearing Bruce Lee's yellow track suit) fights a whole gang of Japanese is an homage to Bruce Lee's movie "Fist of Fury/The Chinese Connection".
    The sword of "The Bride" is the same sword Butch uses to kill Zed's buddy in "Pulp Fiction".
    The masks that O-Ren's hench men/woman wear are a tribute to the green hornet series, which starred Bruce Lee as a mask wearing martial arts hero.
    The Japanese version of "Kill Bill" is longer and contains even more violence and gore.
    The yellow track suit that Uma Thurman wears during the tea house scene is a replica of the suit worn by Bruce Lee in the movie "Game of Death." Submitted by ACertainShadeofGreen
    At the wedding slaughter, the Texas Ranger refers to his son, another Ranger, as "Son Number One". This is surely a homage to Charlie Chan, the Chinese detective who was assisted in his investigations by his eldest son whom he refered to as "Number One Son".
    The church scene was shot in the Mojave Desert outside of Lancaster, CA. Keep an eye out during this scene for a cameo by Samuel L. Jackson (Jules in Pulp Fiction, another Tarantino movie) as a dead organ player and actor/director Bo Svenson as the preacher.
    The tune that Elle Driver is whistling in the hospital is the theme from the movie 'Twisted Nerve' (1968)
    All of the members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad are named after snakes, however Elle Driver's codename, California Mountain Snake, is the only non-venomous snake of the bunch. This is perhaps a cute Tarantino-esque reason for her inability to poison Black Mamba in her sleep.
    When the Bride calls out for O-Ren at the House of Blue Leaves Restaurant after encountering Sophie, she yells O-Ren's name out, followed by the phrase explaining that they had unfinished business. This was all in Japanese, since there were subtitles present on screen at the time. However, traditionally when speaking someone's name in Japanese, the last name comes first. (i.e. Ishii O-Ren)
    Well, I guess we finally know what the K in K-BILLY stands for now (K-BILLY being the radio station in Reservoir Dogs).
    The radio station that the sheriff is listening to, while driving to the murder scene, is KTRN radio in Wichita Falls, Texas. This radio station was also used in the movie The Last Picture Show. However, that radio station doesn't exist anymore in Wichita Falls. Submitted by Larry Koehn
    The psychedelic swirls at the beginning of the film stating "Our Feature Presentation" was common at drive-in theatres of old. Submitted by Larry Koehn
  5. Mr. clasico

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    Quentin Tarantino delayed the start of the production because Uma Thurman was pregnant.

    Warren Beatty was originally offered the role of Bill.

    Uma Thurman was offered the script to Kill Bill, and her role as "The Bride", as a 30th Birthday present from Quentin Tarantino.

    Uma Thurman's yellow track-suit is a direct homage to the one worn by Bruce Lee in Game of Death (1978).

    In order to achieve the specific look of Chinese "wuxia" (martial arts) film of the 1970s, Tarantino gave director of photography, Robert Richardson, an extensive list of genre films as a crash-course in the visual style they used. The list included films by genre-pioneers Cheh Chang and the Shaw Brothers. Tarantino also forbade the use of digital effects and "professional" gags and squibs. As such, he insisted that bloody spurts be done in the fashion made popular by Chang Cheh: Chinese condoms full of fake blood that would splatter on impact.

    Part of the movie was shot at the legendary Shaw Bros. studio in Hong Kong. Tarantino has seen so many movies made at the studio that he felt it was important for him to work there.

    During production, Tarantino wrote new scenes as he shot thus compiling massive amounts of footage.

    The Tokyo miniature sets were leftovers from the then most recent Godzilla film (Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidora: Daikaijû soukougeki (2001)).

    The movie was conceived during the filming of Pulp Fiction (1994) when Tarantino would constantly tell the actress what would become the film's tagline: "Uma Thurman will Kill Bill!"

    'Chris Nelson (V)' , who worked on the special effects, revealed in interview that over 450 gallons of fake blood was used on the two Kill Bill movies.

    Director Trademark: [Quentin Tarantino] [Red Apple cigarettes] As The Bride walks through the Japanese airport, she passes a billboard for the fictional brand of cigarettes featuring Sofie Fatale.

    Kevin Costner was also considered for the title role of "Bill", but he turned it down to do Open Range (2003) instead.

    Quentin Tarantino has confirmed in interviews that the "Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (DIVAS)" was inspired by "Fox Force Five", the fictional television show that Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) filmed in Pulp Fiction (1994).

    Director Trademark: [Quentin Tarantino] [Trunk Shot] While The Bride is interrogating Sofie Fatale, we see from Sofie's point of view inside the trunk of her own car looking up at the masked Bride.

    Director Trademark: [Quentin Tarantino] [bare feet] Lucy Liu is barefoot as she runs to kill Boss Tanaka. The band at the House of Blue Leaves is barefoot.

    According to Tarantino, Sonny Chiba's character, Hattori Hanzo, is meant to be the most recent descendant of his character(s) from "Hattori Hanzô: Kage no Gundan" (1980). The series was done in multiple various installments, in which Chiba would play Hanzo a generation removed from the previous installment.

    Vernita Green's (Vivica A. Fox) original codename was 'Cobra' before it was changed to 'Copperhead'.

    The closing title card, "Based on the character of 'The Bride' created by Q & U" is an obvious reference to Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman.

    The members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad are all named for snakes: Sidewinder, Black Mamba, Cottonmouth, Copperhead, and California Mountain (King) snake. They are also the names of the enemy's of captain america

    The tune whistled by Daryl Hannah's character in the hospital hallway is the same as that whistled by the strange young man in Twisted Nerve (1968). During his 1996 film festival in Austin, Texas, Quentin Tarantino screened Twisted Nerve.

    The music played as O-Ren Ishii walks through the door while the Bride fights off her entourage is the same music used as the theme music for the title character in Du bi quan wang da po xue di zi (1975)

    The masks worn by the Crazy 88 gang are homage to Kato's mask in "Green Hornet, The" (1966)

    The black & white photography is, in the end, an homage to '70's and '80s US television airings of kung fu movies. Black & white, and also black & red, were used to "hide" the shedding of blood from television censors. It was, however, originally, to be shown in color (and is in the Japanese cut of the film) but the MPAA demanded measures be taken to tone the scene down. Tarantino merely used the old trick for its intended purpose, rather than merely as an homage.

    When the Bride said the word "square" to Copperhead, she draws a square in the air with her finger. Uma Thurman's character in Pulp Fiction (1994) did the same thing.

    Michael Parks plays Sheriff Earl McGraw, the same character that the Gecko brothers killed at the beginning of the Tarantino-written From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). Also, Parks' real son, James Parks, reprises his own role of Deputy McGraw ("son #1") from From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999) (V).

    Buck, the male nurse who lets his friend in to have sex with The Bride says "Are we absolutely clear on Rule #1?" This same line was used by George Clooney in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996).

    As Earl McGraw and Edgar McGrew walk into the destroyed wedding chapel with bodies on the floor, the radio starts. Before it gets to the right song, someone can be heard singing "Donde Esta?". In the Reservoir Dogs (1992) torture scene, the same sound bite is heard before Mr. Blonde changes the station to K-BILLY.

    The original script featured the Bill character to be a master alchemist. The liquid in the syringe was pointed out to be a concoction created by Bill entitled "Goodbye Forever". These potions/elixirs were to be detailed by onscreen subtitles. The Bride would also use a mix called "The Undisputed Truth" to get information from Sofie Fatale.

    In the original script, Johnny Moe was called Mr. Barrel. He had a Kato mask on a stick, like someone from a 17th Century costume ball. Mr. Barrel didn't like the rubber bands on the typical Kato masks because they 'fucked up his hair'. The Bride convinces him not to fight her, and he walks away, leaving O-Ren with no bodyguards.

    The entrance to the traffic tunnel in Tokyo is in fact the entrance to the second street tunnel in Los Angeles (Blade Runner) with Japanese traffic signs added.

    "The Bells" sign seen on the letterbox at the beginning of Chapter One was given to Uma Thurman's stunt double Zoe Bell by Quentin Tarantino. Bell presented it to her parents, The Bells.

    Earl McGraw calling his son "son number one" is a reference to the Charlie Chan movies.

    Despite the claim in the opening titles, this is actually the fifth film directed by Quentin Tarantino. His first film was My Best Friend's Birthday (1987) and is the film excluded when they say "The 4th Film By Quentin Tarantino".

    Buck (the nurse) has the same "Elvis" sunglasses as Clarence Worley in True Romance (1993).

    The "Old Klingon Proverb": "Revenge is a dish best served cold" is from a joke in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982). (The quote is actually from the book "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" (1782) by Choderlos de Laclos).

    The sequences where an extreme close-up of the Bride's eyes is shown, juxtaposed with footage of the betrayal, whenever she sees a target of her revenge is taken verbatim from Da uomo a uomo (1968).

    The music heard when The Bride gets ready to figure Copperhead and Cottonmouth is the theme from "Ironside" (1967). The first episode had the main character being shot and left for dead, coming to find that his legs didn't work, and setting out to find the people who did this to him.

    The music heard when The Bride arrives in Tokyo is the theme from "Green Hornet, The" (1966), a TV series referenced earlier in the film.

    Buck's line, "My name is Buck, and I came here to fuck" was originally said by Robert Englund in Eaten Alive (1977)

    The "row of sunglasses on the Sherrif's dashboard" gag is a direct lift from the opening scene of the original Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

    The Japanese symbols on the background of the poster spell "kirubiru" which is the Japanese spelling for "Kill Bill".

    When The Bride stands over the remains of the Crazy 88 Killers, Quentin Tarantino, in mask, is among them.

    Director Trademark: [Quentin Tarantino] [long take] After the Bride leaves O-Ren's door at the House of Blue Leaves (when Go-Go returns inside) we follow her down the stairs through the bar, past the kitchen, into the ladies room; we then go out of the ladies' room, back to the stairs and follow Sofie Fatale along the exact same path to the ladies' room, ending with the ring of her cellphone. All in a single take.

    Vernita Green complains about being given a codename she doesn't like. Mr. Pink had a similar argument in Reservoir Dogs (1992).

    The knife that the male nurse (Buck) has is made by the knife manufacturer Buck.

    The license plate for Buck's truck is a Texas plate that reads PSY WGN.

    Quentin Tarantino and Miramax bought the rights to the theme song from Du bi quan wang da po xue di zi (1975), which is featured in Kill Bill. Entitled "Super 16", it was performed by Neu!

    Tarantino had intended for three actors of different nationalities to represent their respective countries. Gordon Liu represents China, Sonny Chiba represents Japan, and David Carradine represents the United States. Tarantino said that had Bruce Lee still been alive he'd have been asked to appear in Kill Bill as well.

    The church scene was shot in the Mojave Desert outside of Lancaster, CA. Keep an eye out during this scene for a cameo by Samuel L. Jackson as a dead organ player and actor/director Bo Svenson as the preacher.

    During filming, the actors would often provide a "Hello, Sally!" take. This involved the actor finishing his or her take, turning to face the camera, and yelling "Hello, Sally!". Whether or not editor Sally Menke actually appreciates this has yet to be reported.

    Chapter 2 is entitled "The Blood Splattered Bride", a reference to the movie Novia ensangrentada, La (1972) (released in the US as The Blood Spattered Bride).

    Okinawa is widely regarded as one of the worst possible places to get good sushi. In other words, a sushi joint in Okinawa would make a fine hiding place.

    During the sword ceremony scene when Sonny Chiba's character Hattori Hanzo gives Uma Thurman his recently forged sword he tells her "If, on your journey, you should encounter god, god will be cut" which is a phrase taken from 'Kinji Fukusaku' 's Makai tenshô (1981) (aka Samurai Reincarnation) when the sword maker gives Sonny Chiba's character Jubei a sword that he has forged in order to destroy his undead enemies.

    In the restaurant, the Bride kills 57 people.

    To entice cinematographer 'Robert Richardson' to work on the project, Quentin Tarantino had the script sent to his house on Valentine's Day 2002... along with a bouquet of roses.

    Director Tarantino was a big fan or the Japanese movie Batoru rowaiaru (2000) so he cast Chiaki Kuriyama (who played Takako Chigusa in "Battel Royale") as Go Go Yubari as an homage.

    The eerie background music playing when The Bride (Thurman) awakens from her coma and attacks the trucker, is the same background music playing when Marilyn Chambers awakens from her coma and attacks the patient in David Cronenberg's Rabid (1977).

    >>> WARNING: Here Be Spoilers <<<
    Trivia items below here contain information that may give away important plot points. You may not want to read any further if you've not already seen this title.

    SPOILER: 'Quentin Tarantino' and producer 'Harvey Weinstein' have been quoted as saying that Kill Bill was separated into two parts well into production. By splitting the movie into two parts, the film's advertising tagline, "In 2003, Uma Thurman Will Kill Bill!" was made false.

    SPOILER: Originally, Quentin Tarantino wanted Michael Madsen to play Johnny Mo (Mr. Barrel in the original script). However, he decided that Madsen would be better as Bill's brother, so he had Madsen play Budd instead.
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    Interesting stuff! I don't know if the site pointed it out, but although the yellow jumpsuit along with other elements of the movie was a Bruce Lee tribute, Bruce Lee himself auditioned for the part of the TV series "Kung-Fu", and David Carradine (who plays Bill) won the part instead.
  8. Mike103

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    Sorry that I pick up such an old thread, but I love Kill Bill! Both movies are awesome! And Uma is just incredible actress. I wonder, how much did she get for her role in this film? I guess, it brought a hige income for her considering how huge is her recent net worth (it's $45 million according to this website celebtopnetworth.com). I also wonder whether Tarantino will ever make a third movie. I would be so happy if he will:relieved: