Kill Bill: Volume 1

Question: Another entry says "… his name is in the rip portion of the credits." What is the "rip portion of the credits"?

kh1616

Chosen answer: The closing credits for both Kill Bill moves included a short list of deceased directors, writers and actors, under the title "R.I.P.", meaning "Rest In Peace": Charles Bronson, Chang Cheh, Kinji Fukasaku, Lo Lieh, Shintaro Katsu, William Witney, Sergio Corbucci, Lucio Fulci, Sergio Leone, and Lee Van Cleef.

THGhost

Question: What is the song being played in the anime scene when Oren-Ishii's parents are being killed?

Chosen answer: "The Grand Duel - (Parte Prima)" by Luis Enrique Bacalov, it's track 3 on the CD soundtrack.

Sierra1

Question: In the scene where The Bride is trying to get Hattari Hanzo to make her a sword she mentions a "former" pupil and he changes his mind, writing on the window Bill. What did Bill do to upset Hattari Hanzo?

Chosen answer: Bill used Hattari Hanzo's teachings for evil, instead of belief and self defense.

Question: How many people are maimed or killed in the fight with the 88, from the bathroom to the death of O-Ren?

Chosen answer: There are several answers to this question floating around the net which are supposedly based on an freeze-frame analysis of the film conducted by "Jonathan R. From Bouncing Ferret Films": 67 killed, 12 maimed, 1 killed by an axe thrown by somebody else, one possibly killed, one spanked. +1 for O-Ren I guess, so around 70 killed, 12 maimed. A few less than 88, but perhaps they were elsewhere, were killed previously or died in the club but were not shown.

Sierra1

Question: In the scene where the bride first enters Hattori Hanzo's loft, directly following the scene in the sake bar, what is the name of the song that plays?

crateguy

Chosen answer: Wound That Heals (aka Kaifuku Suru Kizu) by Salyu.

Question: What is the song playing right after O-Ren Ishii kicks off her shoes in the snow right before her and The Bride have their duel? I checked IMDB and the actual soundtrack but I can't find out which song it is.

Chosen answer: If you're thinking about the song that starts with the clapping then it's called "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" by Santa Esmeralda. On the soundtrack it's number 10.

Question: Does anyone know what happened at the Bell household, after the Bride disposed of Vernita? I'm also curious as to what happened to Sophie, after her rough night.

Chosen answer: It's never been stated what happened to be Bell household. Re Sophie, towards the end of Vol. 1 we see Sophie talking with Bill and if you listen to what Bill is saying and how he is articulating his speech you could make the assumption that he is really angry at Sophie for giving the bride the information rather than dying. My assumtion would be that after Sophie told Bill everything about the Bride he would have killed her.

DJKostya

Question: In the House of Blue Leaves, why does the lady manager switch off the lights during the fight between the Bride and the Crazy 88?

Chosen answer: From what I understand the reason for the lights being off is the same reason for why the previous scene was done in black and white; to decrease the amount of 'graphic violence' in the movie in an attempt to keep an 'R' rating. I would assume that they had him shut off the lights for that scene as just another method to accomplish that task.

Question: Is it me, or is the samurai sword that Uma Thurman uses in Kill Bill the same one Bruce Willis uses in Pulp Fiction?

Chosen answer: Check out the trivia. It's already in there. (Yes, same swords).

Nikki

Question: Why was the Bride never arrested or even charged with any crime after she left so many people dead in the restaurant and even more who were maimed? After her bloody revenge work was done, why is she able to just get on an airplane and leave the country with no repercussions whatsoever?

Chosen answer: The answer falls under the common film cheat that we don't know what happened so one can only speculate as to what happened. When the police came and whether they knew it was her is up for debate. As for leaving the country, she was a professional killer who had killed all over the world so its not out of the scope of her abilities to get out of the country without being held by the police. Again it's speculation so she might have used fake passports or the police didn't have enough evidence to hold her.

Lummie

Question: Why did Sophie have blood on her mouth before The Bride cut her arm off? And why didn't she try to fight back or run away? Why didn't anyone else try to stop her?

raph

Chosen answer: Just before that, we saw her in the bathroom, oblivious to the Bride's presence, and the Bride about to get the drop on her. It's safe to assume that the blood on her mouth was a result of whatever the Bride did to her off-screen between that moment and when she presented her to O-Ren. It's hard to "try to fight back or run away" when your assailant is brandishing a katana and is literally the deadliest person in the world with that weapon. And plenty of others tried to stop the Bride...she just killed them all.

Question: Why are there 2 swords on the plane with the bride?

Chosen answer: Because they are being carried by the other passengers.

Greg Dwyer

Question: There is a piece of music that can be heard for a split second when the sheriff is walking into the church to investigate the murders, its a man singing, it sounds like he's saying "Donde esta" or something like that, you can hear the exact same thing in Reservoir Dogs when Mr. Blond is tuning through the radio stations looking for K. Billy's super sounds of the 70s right before he tortures the cop, does anybody know what song this is and why Tarantino only plays it for a split second in both of his films?

dan coakley..

Chosen answer: The song was That Certain Female by Charlie Feathers.

raph

Question: What does Sofie Fatale say in Japanese on her cellphone? Just before Sofie Fatale and the rest of the crew are about to enter the Japanese nightclub, there's a flashback in which she's speaking Japanese into her cellphone during the wedding rehearsal fight. I know it's probably not important for the story, but was always curious: what is she saying? She starts with Mushi mushi, which is all that I recognise.

Chosen answer: It translates to "Hello. I'm in the middle of a meeting. Can you call me back later? You're with your wife? I got it."

raph

Question: What is the piece of music that plays when The Bride first sees Vernita Green and her face turns red?

TRENCH117

Chosen answer: It is the theme from the TV show "Ironside" written by Quincy Jones.

Question: The bride has been in a coma for 4 years, during this time the muscles in her legs have atrophied, yet miraculously the same has not happened to the muscles in her arms. Surely it would not only affect her legs?

Chosen answer: There's a difference between being able to walk and being able to move. All of her muscles have atrophied, but mostly it just means she's much weaker. For her legs it means she can't walk.

Question: How in the world was Kiddo allowed to bring a sword that length onto a plane and have it right beside her at her seat?

dan coakley..

Chosen answer: Tarantino has said that he intends Kill Bill to exist in a slightly different world than the real one. In this world weapons are more commonplace and can be freely carried. If you notice, on the plane there are actually little holders on all the seats for people to put their swords into.

Question: At the start of the film it says "the 4th film by Quentin Tarantino", I know there's Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and now this, but what about "From Dusk Till Dawn"? Should Kill Bill not be his 5th film?

dan coakley..

Chosen answer: This is actually the 4th film directed by Quentin Tarantino. While he did write From Dusk Till Dawn (also True Romance, between Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction), he did not direct the film.

Question: What is the song that plays when the Bride is looking for the Pussy Wagon at the hospital?

Chosen answer: It's the theme to the 1974 blaxploitation movie "Truck Turner" by Isaac Hayes.

Sierra1

Question: In the scene where The Bride smashes Buck's head in with the door, surely after 13 hours (the time it took for her to sit in the car and 'wiggle her big toe') someone would have noticed Buck was dead and the police would be involved. This would probably lead to them searching his car as well. I know it may be a deliberate mistake seeing as The Bride hasn't been chased for killing anyone else, but there were police in the beginning of the film so they do exist.

Chosen answer: Not necessarily. She probably stashed his body in her room. Nurses would rarely come in as she was comatose, so its likely they only check her twice a day. Also, 12-14 hours is not an unusual shift at all for a nurse, so its entirely possible no one noticed him missing.

Grumpy Scot

Question: Has there ever been explained why the blood effects were done so weird?

Chosen answer: Quentin Tarantino has stated that he deliberately went over the top with the blood effects, as a homage to a lot of old Oriental martial arts movies in which the spurting of blood was also (unintentionally) over-exaggerated.

Manky

Question: In the scenes that take place in Japan, they sometimes speak English and sometimes Japanese, sometimes even a line in English following a reply in Japanese or vice versa. It was made clear that The Bride can speak and understand Japanese, so why do they keep switching languages like that?

killin_kellit

Chosen answer: There is nothing to say exactly why its mixed up, but films using foreign languages can approach it in three different ways. Have it all in English and apply accents to the characters, which avoids subtitles. Make it more authentic by having it in the native language but subject people to subtitles (which is never a commerically popular decision) or mix the characters' speech with having the characters speak some English and some of the native language. This keeps some authenticity and avoids having the entire film in a foreign language. Films like The Godfather are examples of using both English and a foreign language.

Lummie

Question: What is the music playing when The Bride is surrounded by the Yakuza and she's rolling on the floor to cut their legs off?

Chosen answer: The song is Nobody But Me by Human Beinz. This is the best song in the movie but ironically is not on the soundtrack.

Question: What is the title of the music played when Lucy Liu and co. are walking down the corridor in slow motion before the massacre begins?

Chosen answer: It's a really great piece of music, and it is called "Battle without honor or humanity" and is made by Tomoyasu Hotei. Track no. 9 on the Kill Bill Vol. 1 Soundtrack.

don_corleone

Question: A piece of trivia says "Anybody else catch the "square" thing? Uma Thurman did the same thing in Pulp Fiction." - what's the "square" thing?

Hamster

Chosen answer: She makes a square shape with her fingers in the air when she is talking to Vernita Green ("That would make us about square"). she does the same motion to John Travolta right before they go into Jack Rabbit Slims in Pulp Fiction.

Nick N.

Question: Can anyone tell me where Gogo gets the ball and chain weapon from? She carries a short-bladed sword with her into the nightclub. There's no place on her skimpy schoolgirl outfit to conceal the bulky ball and chain. Is this a mistake?

Chosen answer: No, no mistake. The House of Blue Leaves is obviously a hangout for O-ren and the Crazy 88, seeing how so many of them are there, and the familiarity they show with the place. It would only be natural for Gogo to have some backup weapons hidden away there, since she knows they come there often and stay for some time.

Twotall

Question: During the anime scene, is the sword wielding killer that finally finishes off O-Ren's father supposed to be Bill? Could this be the connection between Bill and O-Ren?

Chosen answer: Bill was behind the killing of O-Ren's parents, we think. It is never clarified.

XIII

Question: I'm probably going to regret asking this but what is Buck supposed to have done with the tub of Vasalube to account for how it looks in the film?

Chosen answer: It's been used by him and many a dirty perv during Buck's nasty little side business, not caring if it gets dirty or attracts stray hairs.

Grumpy Scot

Question: Before the "Whoo Hoo" song in the House of Blue Leaves the group sang another song. It's not in the soundtrack. What's its title?

Chosen answer: 'I'm Blue' or 'I walk like Jayne Mansfield'.

Question: Was there any specific reason or symbolism why Volume 1 and 2 contained so much of the colour yellow? The Game of Death suit, the subtitles, the Pussy Wagon, the desert, House of Blue Leaves, The Bride and Elle's hair. I'm counting blonde as yellow obviously.

Chosen answer: In much of Asia, yellow has meanings associated with death. It can have to do with cowardice, such as how the Bride was killed. It can be a symbol against evil (obviously Bill). It is also a color of death, of which there is much of in the film.

Question: What is that song that plays whenever Uma Thurman sees someone from her old gang who tried to kill her?

Chosen answer: It is called Ironside and is made by Quincy Jones. On the soundtrack, it is track no. 16.

don_corleone

Question: One of the trivia contributions says Quentin Tarantino cameos as one of the more "unfortunate" members of the Crazy 88. Exactly which one is he? Or, at what time does he appear on screen?

Chosen answer: He's a dead body lying on the floor when The Bride walks away from the carnage... hardly recognizable because he's wearing one of their black masks.

Question: What is the name of the piece of music that plays during the samurai sword scene with the Bride and Hattori Hanzo and over the start of the credits? Is it from another movie? It sounds really familiar to me.

Chosen answer: It is called "The Lonely Shepherd" by Zamfir.

don_corleone

Question: When we first see Darryl Hannah in the hospital, she is whistling the theme tune from the movie Twisted Nerve. Does anyone know if there are any links between these two movies or was it just a random choice?

Chosen answer: It's an homage to the 1968 movie. In the movie Susan becomes the target of George after she distances herself from him. Like the Bride and Bill.

Maria Santos

Question: Do Quentin Tarantino and/or Uma Thurman have some sort of fanmail address, electronic or otherwise?

Chosen answer: http://contactanycelebrity.com - very trustworthy, and you can contact them by post or e-mail.

Hamster

Question: What's the name of the song that plays when The Bride cuts Sofie's arm? It starts right when The Bride cries out O-Ren's name, and lasts all the way until the actual fighting begins. I have the soundtrack, but it's not there.

Chosen answer: "Death Rides A Horse" by Ennio Morricone.

Question: Is there a reason why Uma Thurman's handwriting is so clumsy? I was thinking it would have something to do with her getting shot in the head.

Chosen answer: Maybe it does or maybe she just has bad penmanship.

Tobin OReilly

Question: Is it true that Bill is responsible for the murder of Oren-Ishii's parents?

Chosen answer: Yes, it's confirmed it in a post-release interview.

Grumpy Scot

Question: When the characters unsheathe their swords, they expose about a half foot of the sword, pause, then pull the sword out completely. Are these Tarantino effect shots, or is this a Samurai custom?

angi

Chosen answer: This is a dramatic shot used in many kung fu movies of old. It's just a sort of tribute to the old martial arts movies which Kill Bill borrows many of its stylings from.

Question: What are the differences (specific scenes/shots) in the Japanese version of the movie that were left out or changed in the American release?

Chosen answer: The American version was cut a bit more heavily during the "88" scenes. Additionally, the Black and White is absent in the Japanese version.

Sol Parker

Question: In the scene where Vernita Greene and The Bride are talking to her daughter, right before she asks how old she is and again shortly after, on the DVD, what are the beeping noises in the background?

Chosen answer: The bleeping is used to block out The Bride's name, an homage to the "man with no name" of old kung-fu's. Her name is revealed in Volume 2.

Nick N.

Question: If Vivica Fox's daughter is 4 years old, why was she on a school bus?

Chosen answer: Even for a child as young as that age, who is probably in pre-school, they still have buses that take them to school. Having grown up in America I rode on one with children that young.

Tobin OReilly

Question: Who turned off the lights near the end, when she's fighting all those men?

Chosen answer: The lights are flipped on and off by the woman who owns the inn (with her husband). She's shown in brief jump-cuts throwing a big switch.

Carl Fink

Question: In the start of the movie it says "Quentin Tarantino's 4th film" Why is it only the 4th? If you check www.IMDb.com, you can see that he has made 7 movies.

don_corleone

Chosen answer: It's only the 4th complete film he's directed - Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, now this. "My Best Friend's Birthday" isn't a proper film - as far as I can see it's only a half-made collection of footage, and he only directed one segment of "Four Rooms".

Jon Sandys

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O-Ren Ishii: As your leader, I encourage you from time to time, but always in a respectful manner, to question my logic. If you're unconvinced a particular plan of action I've chosen is the wisest, tell me so. But allow me to convince you. And I promise you, right here and now, no subject will ever be taboo. Except the subject that was just under discussion. The price you pay for bringing up either my Chinese or American heritage as a negative is: I collect your fucking head. [Holds up Boss Tanaka's head.] Just like this fucker here. Now if any of you sons of bitches got anything else to say, NOW'S THE FUCKING TIME! [Silence.] I didn't think so.

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When The Bride is slashed on the upper back by O-Ren in their fight scene she collapses and lands on her back in the snow. After she gets up and the fight continues, there is no blood spot on the snow where she was lying.

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The tune that Elle Driver is whistling in the hospital is the theme from the movie 'Twisted Nerve' (1968)

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