Kill Bill: Volume 1

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

Trivia: Anybody else catch the "square" thing? Uma Thurman did the same thing in Pulp Fiction.

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: 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: 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: The credits mention "Q & U", this is Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman, the director and lead actress.

Sol Parker

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

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: 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 written by Quentin Tarantino.

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 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."


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."

Trivia: 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.

Larry Koehn

Trivia: 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)

Trivia: The character Gogo was originally written as two characters: the twin Yubari sisters, Gogo and Yuki. Gogo had almost no lines and after her death at the hands of The Bride, Yuki would seek her out, only to be killed as well, in the "lost" chapter "Yuki's Revenge". All of Gogo's dialogue would have been spoken by Yuki. Tarantino references this lost character/scene in the first chapter of the movie; when The Bride is standing outside of Vernita Green's house, you can faintly hear an ice cream truck jingle. This was originally supposed to be Yuki, who stalked The Bride in an ice cream truck.

Trivia: The vengeance music/siren shows up three times in this film: when the Bride shows up at Vernita's door, when the Bride is confronting O Ren, and when the Bride spots Sophie. Strangely, Sophie never injured the Bride during the massacre scene. This sound only shows up once in Volume 2, when the Bride spots Elle and Budd at his trailer.

Trivia: During the scene at the House of Blue Leaves, right before The Bride cuts off Sofie's arm, she tells O-Ren that they have "unfinished business." The close up camera angle of The Bride's lips is the same angle Quentin Tarantino used in "Pulp Fiction" when Mia told Vincent (through a microphone) that she'd be down "in two shakes of a lamb's tail." (01:13:35)

Jamie Mapes

Trivia: Since this movie is supposed to be a tribute to old kung-fu movies, spaghetti westerns and other B-movies, many of the mistakes may be intentional to add to the "low budget movie" feel.

Trivia: The Kill Bill series was originally supposed to come out in theaters as one movie. But it was too long, so the directors decided to cut the film in half and make a "two-parter".

Trivia: You may have noticed that the Texas Ranger who is in charge of the 'wedding slaughter' also stars as a Texas Ranger of the same name in From Dusk Till Dawn, another film written by Tarantino. He dies in that film, suggesting that the films occupy the same "universe", and this film is set before From Dusk Till Dawn.

Trivia: Sofie's cell phone ringer, along with Elle's, is the first line to "Auld Lang Syne" or "Should auld (old) acquaintance be forgot."

Trivia: In the scene when O-Ren is walking with her gang into the restaurant (towards the end of the film), her obi (the belt of her kimono) was tied too loosely and too low as well. This may be because she is going to be a doing a fight scene later, but Japanese women do not tie their obi in that way.

Trivia: 'The House of Blue Leaves' is the name of a play and a 1987 movie written by John Guare. (00:48:50)

Trivia: In a scene at House of Blue Leaves that includes O-Ren and Sophie, one of the gang is on his back telling a risque story that is not translated. What he says is exactly what he is miming. (01:09:15)

Trivia: 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.

Trivia: The "Man from Okinawa" is played by Sonny Chiba, a famous martial arts actor in many of the films that Quentin Tarantino used as inspiration for Kill Bill. In True Romance (written by Tarantino), a man loves kung fu movies and is going to see a Sonny Chiba triple feature for his birthday.

Trivia: The psychedelic swirls at the beginning of the film stating "Our Feature Presentation" was common at drive-in theatres of old.

Larry Koehn

Trivia: 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 on-screen subtitles. The Bride would also use a mix called "The Undisputed Truth" to get information from Sofie Fatale.

Trivia: On the DVD cover for Kill Bill, Vol. 1, Elle has her eyepatch over her left eye, when in the movie the patch covers her right eye. (00:19:20)


Trivia: 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".

Trivia: Sophia was also a name of one of the Fox Force Five girls in Pulp Fiction.

Trivia: Buck is based on a character played by Robert Englund in the 1977 movie "Eaten Alive" in which he says "My name is Buck and I'm ready to F**k."

Trivia: You can hear the Wilhelm scream twice during the scenes in the restaurant. The first comes just after the Bride fights Johnny Mo after the screen turns black and white. The second comes when the Bride races up the banister (during the "Nobody But Me" song). She slices a guy, then shoves him and he rolls backwards down the stairs.

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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.



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.