Kill Bill: Volume 1

Trivia: The Japanese version of "Kill Bill" is longer and contains even more violence and gore.

Trivia: The siren you hear when Beatrix's face turns red after seeing her enemies is taken from the movie "Five Fingers of Death" the first kung fu movie available in the US. This is the first of two references made toward martial arts actor Lo Leigh. His name is in the rip portion of the credits.

Trivia: According to Tarantino, Sonny Chiba's character, Hattori Hanzo, is meant to be the most recent descendant of his character(s) from the TV series "Hattori Hanzo: Kage no Gundan" (or "Shadow Warriors", as it's known in the US). The series was done in multiple various installments, and in each installment, Chiba would play the next Hanzo descendant.

Trivia: The scene where Go-Go stabs a man in the crotch and asks him if he still wants to "penetrate her" is a homage to Chiaki Kuriyama's infamous scene in another Japanese movie, Battle Royale.

Trivia: 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.

Trivia: During the showdown in the snow covered garden, we hear repeated plonking. This is produced by a shishiodoshi (deer frightener), a device supposedly invented by a compassionate Buddhist monk to keep deer from eating temple gardens without harming the deer. (01:30:25)

Trivia: Vivica A. Fox shooting through the cereal is a reference to the episode of the Simpsons called "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala-D'oh-cious," which features an episode of Itchy and Scratchy called Reservoir Cats (a parody of Resevoir Dogs), guest directed by Quentin Tarantino. In the cartoon, Tarantino appears and says "What I'm trying to say in this cartoon is that violence is everywhere in our society, y'know. It's, like, even in breakfast cereals, man."

Trivia: The Bride kills 57 people in the House of Blue Leaves, not 88 like the name of the killers. This gets referred to in "Kill Bill Vol. 2."

Trivia: One of Tarantino's references to his other movies is The Bride walking when she arrives in Tokyo, there is an ad for Red Apple cigarettes behind her. Red Apples is the cigarette of choice in Pulp Fiction and Tarantino's segment of Four Rooms.

Trivia: The real name of Uma Thurman's character (The Bride) is Beatrix according to Vernita Green. It can be surmised that her name is "bleeped out" in respect to nameless hero movies like Clint Eastwood's "Man With No Name" westerns or Robert Rodriguez's El Mariachi movies. The main characters all have nicknames, like The Bride, but their real names are never known.

Trivia: The Pussy Wagon is actually Quentin Tarantino's car. It was originally destined to be blown up in one of the two chapters cut from Kill Bill: Volume 2, but ultimately Tarantino decided that he was too attached to it.

Trivia: 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.

Trivia: 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.

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Trivia: Before The Bride kills the Crazy 88 and during the part where everyone's fleeing because she chopped off Sofie's arm, in the shot where the camera angle is below the glass dance floor, the soles on The Bride's shoes read "F**K U."

Continuity mistake: 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. (01:29:55 - 01:31:10)

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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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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?

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.

I believe the original question was asking why was it done within the context of the film (i.e. why did the character shut off the lights) not why was it done in reality. My best guess is that the manager switched off the lights thinking the 88 had a better chance of killing the bride if she couldn't see. True, they couldn't see either but there were so many of them one could possibly have gotten to her.

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