Kill Bill: Volume 2

Question: During Beatrix's fight scene with Pai Mei, she reaches for his throat. He shows something silver from his mouth. What is in his mouth and what is it an homage to?

Chris Buentello

Question: What drink was Bill drinking at the end, when Beatrix and he was talking? It was too small for me to make out since I have not seen the bottle myself or recognize some of the writings on it.

Chosen answer: It looks like a bottle of Tres Generaciones Añejo, a Mexican tequila.

Sierra1

Question: Is there any way of finding out how far the Bride had to walk to get back to Budd's trailer after she got out of the coffin?

Chosen answer: Sadly, it seems that this information is unknown, as there is no mention of it in the film, nor any interviews with Quentin Tarantino, as I presume it wasn't deemed important enough to mention.

Manky

Question: Why did Elle kill Budd? Was it really just to get her hands on Kiddo's sword? or was it more to it? As poor as he was seems like she could have just offered him a small amount of money for it. Why kill him?

Carl Missouri

Chosen answer: The way she talks to Budd as he lies dying, seems to indicate that she has disliked and hated him for years, plus the fact that she feels that he was not "worthy" of killing Kiddo (seeing how Kiddo was a fantastic warrior, while Budd is an alcoholic hick). However, it would be difficult for her to get close enough to kill him earlier, as he would not buy any excuse why she just came visiting. But when Budd actually invites her over, she gets a chance to get back at him, and in the same while take the credit for killing the Bride and retrieving her Hanzo sword for Bill. Vengeance and personal gain in one swoop.

Twotall

Question: When Pai Mai strokes his long white beard, is that a homage to something?

Hamster

Chosen answer: The character of Pai Mei is an homage to Chinese martial arts films from the 70s and 80s. The act of stroking a long, white, and usually fake beard was seen in nearly all of these movies.

Question: After killing Bill, the bride takes BB to her car which somebody is in. Who is in her car?

Chosen answer: It's a valet parking attendant, bringing her car around.

STP

Question: Is there a reason that Bill didn't mention anything to The Bride at their final meeting about her killing his brother? I would think he would be a little upset when Elle told him his brother died at the hands of the Black Mamba.

moviemogul

Chosen answer: Considering the condition his brother's life was in, he may have considered it a mercy killing. In any event, there was no reason to ask her as he already knew why she killed him, and as his brother said she deserved her revenge. Bill most likely accepted that his brother got what he deserved, like the rest of her victims.

Question: There is a humorous scene in which we cut to a classroom and Beatrix's name is called, to which she responds she is present. I thought it was funny, but what was it's significance? Where was it from? Was it an homage shot, or just a joke?

Chosen answer: It is just to show that Beatrix Kiddo really is the name of "The Bride". It would not have the same effect if the teacher had called the name and you would see an unknown little girl answer.

Twotall

Question: Does anybody know why Bud is so poor, living in a trailer and working as a bouncer? Should he not be rich from being an assassin? Also, Bill looks rich enough, and Bud is his brother; why doesn't he give Bud some money?

dan coakley..

Chosen answer: Bud has been done with the assassin life for some time. Given that he's a bouncer/janitor at a bad strip club, it's quite likely he made poor decisions with whatever money he had. As for Bill giving him money, it's certainly possible that either Bill cut him off or that Bud refused Bill's help.

LorgSkyegon

Question: Specifically HOW would Pai Mei have taught the "five point palm exploding heart technique" to the Bride? We all know she trained with him for months. Bill (and the film generally) makes that very clear. Could someone simplify this for me?

Chosen answer: The same way he would have taught her any other dangerous or esoteric techniques. Most likely, he would show her the precise way to position the fingers, precisely when and where to strike and then have her practice until she could do it correctly in an instant. In addition, a training aid such as a dummy would also help her know exactly how much force to use, as well as letting Pai Mei judge whether or not she did everything correctly and correct any flaws. But it really is impossible to do anything but speculate on this, as techniques like this and the teachings thereof are deliberately not shown to the general public (if they even exist, that is), and so the only ones who know how to teach this will not give away any hints or reveal any special training methods they use.

Twotall

Question: When Pai Mai has Beatrix's arm twisted around, is there a special name for that 'move.'

Hamster

Chosen answer: The position her hand is in is known as the 'Swan's Neck' - by forcing the palm of the hand towards the inner forearm, it creates immense pain centering around the wrist.

Question: Anyone have any idea what kind of drink Budd was making in his trailer for him and Elle?

Chosen answer: I believe he was attempting a frozen margarita.

Stacey Kotlarczyk

Question: Why was the start of Kill Bill 2 in B/W? It wasn't to tone down on the violence (as there is none), so why?

Hamster

Chosen answer: It was just a Tarantino stylistic (most likely as it's a flashback). Just one of his many homages (as many kung fu movies did the same).

Gavin Jackson

Question: Budd's gun apparently had 'rock salt' in it. What is rock salt though?

Hamster

Chosen answer: Rock Salt is salt that is in huge grains, about the size of the grains in kitty litter or grape-nuts cereal. It's used in ice cream makers and water softeners among other things.

Grumpy Scot

Question: Can someone explain the whole thing about the dart being shot into Beatrix's leg by Bill. What did it do?

Hamster

Chosen answer: It was a truth serum so Bill could make sure Beatrix would tell him the truth when he asked her the three questions.

moviemogul

Question: What's having with the DVD releases of this film and the original? I've heard numerous reports that there are going to be special editions of both DVD's released soon, so I'm loathe to buy the feature-light ones that are out at the moment, but so far nothing has been announced. Also, is there going to be a box set released? Lastly, is the version that Tarantino screened at a recent film festival (both volumes edited together into one movie) ever going to be released?

Chosen answer: I recently heard talk on a reliable website that a Kill Bill Special edition was going to be released later this year and that an announcement should be made soon but nothing more definite than that. The main reason for the long delay was that Tarantino wanted to re-edit the two films together to make the one film (as you mentioned) and then have it re-released. As for what the special edition will contain or even if it will be released as one film is anyone's guess at this point.

Lummie

Question: Does anyone have any idea in what country Pai Mei's home and training facility are supposed to be?

Chosen answer: Pai Mei's home and training facility are located in China, which is likely why he shows so much disdain for the Bride's talents in the Japanses art of the samurai.

Question: When Beatrix punches out of the coffin and goes up to the surface, how was she able to get out so quickly?

Chosen answer: As she punched out of the coffin the dirt on top of the coffin was not completely settled and there were pockets of air that allowed the ground to stay loose. When she completely broke free of the coffin the dirt around her caved in on the coffin which allowed her a faster escape to the surface since most of the dirt was moving in the opposite direction.

Tobin OReilly

Question: I really don't get the whole five point exploding heart thing. How does that work? I know it's not supposed to be realistic. But if your heart really explodes after five steps, could you not just stand still? Or get a wheelchair? Can anyone explain what it's supposed to do, its origins (or just Tarantino's reason behind it) and if it is logical in any way?

Chosen answer: There are an infinite stories about ancient martial artists who can kill in unique ways, particularly with light touches or pressure points - Tarantino is just playing off these legends. As Bill proves, it is possible to survive for a while by not taking steps (he doesn't die until he stands up and walks away) but the strain of rolling a wheelchair under one's own power would probably serve the same result, so one would be forced to rely on others for any kind of movement. The strain of maintaining such minimal action for a any period of time would also be telling on a person, and it would still perform the function that the attacker wanted: to stop the person from fighting. Tarantino is using it to show that the Bride knows some things that Bill does not, probably because she was a better/more respectful student, and this strike represents the ultimate in Pai Mei's knowledge. As to the logical aspect, there is a window of a fraction of a second in every heartbeat: if one strikes in that window, one can stop the heart. So, theoretically, it's possible, and who can say?

Phoenix

Question: Beatrix has been in a coma due to a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Is it even possible to give birth to a child in this condition? I'd guess it wouldn't survive after the gunshot trauma.

Chosen answer: There have been a number of well-documented cases of women giving birth while in a coma after serious accidents - in rare cases, the birth has even been natural rather than by Caesarian section.

Tailkinker

Question: I have thought what B.B. stood for in the second movie. I have come to the conclusion that it is possibly for Bill and Beatrix. This would make B.B., but has someone disproved or stated whether its true or not?

Chosen answer: You are correct, B.B. does stand for Beatrix and Bill. You may take a bow.

Tobin OReilly

Question: How come in the first movie they don't want us to know Beatrix's name so they bleep it out, but in this movie they let us know it? Why couldn't they tell us in the first movie?

Chosen answer: Q.T. stated the first movie had the questions while the second movie had the answers.

Question: Right before Kiddo is accepted under Pai Mei, she asks when she will see Bill again. Bill's response to the question is it's the title to his favorite 70s soul song. What song is he refering to?

Chosen answer: It wasn't his response. She says "When will I see you again?" - He is saying that "When Will I See You Again" is the name of his favorite 70's soul song, not that the answer to her question is his favorite song. Confusing at first, I know.

Jazetopher

Question: Why does Claritas mouth look so strange?

killin_kellit

Chosen answer: Esteban disfigured her as punishment for her trying to leave his employ.

Grumpy Scot

Question: What is in a frozen margarita?

Chosen answer: Typically a frozen Margarita is tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and ice. Bud appears to make his Margarita with a store bought mix and adds the tequila and ice.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: I was just curious, is there any significance behind why Samuel L. Jackson is the piano player in the church at the beginning of this film? Is it some kind of in-joke or did he just get that part by auditioning? Seems like a very small part for such a good actor.

Chosen answer: He was brought in as a cameo because QT likes bringing in actors from his other movies. It is possible that Rufus is either a nod to or actually is Jules from Pulp Fiction, who said at the end of the movie that he was going to become a drifter. In Kill Bill Rufus was referenced as a drifter. Also, Tarantino has publicly stated (on the El Rey program "The Director's Chair") that he loves Sam Jackson on the set, he just enjoys his company; so it's probably just a buddy-buddy arrangement.

Question: Bill tells Kiddo that Pai Mei teaches "no one" the five point palm heart exploding technique, yet he teaches Kiddo, why?

dan coakley..

Chosen answer: He probably trusted Kiddo more then his other students that she would never use it unless necessary.

MasterOfAll

Question: When Bill and the Bride are outside by a campfire, Bill begins to tell her a story about Pai Mei that started in the year "One double ought three" (1003). Does the Chinese calendar differ from our Western one? If so, how? Or is Pai Mei over one thousand years old? (which I doubt, but you never know).

Chosen answer: Yes, Pai Mei is supposedly that old. The character is a recurring one, who has made appearances in numerous films set in equally numerous time periods.

Phixius

Question: I never understood this part of the movie, but can someone explain why the Bride is weeping and saying 'thank you' on the bathroom floor the next morning?

Chosen answer: She's saying "Thank you" because she has completed her quest. Her tears are happy tears. She exacted her revenge on the people who hurt her and she now has her daughter; something she never expected as she assumed B.B. was dead.

Shannon Jackson

Question: How would Pai Mei have taught the 'five point palm exploding heart' technique to Beatrix?

Chosen answer: She trained with him for a long time.

Jason Hoffman

Question: What is the title of the song playing when Bill is dying after the Bride performs the five point exploding heart on him?

Chosen answer: Taken Directly from imdb.com: The music that plays during Bill's (David Carradine) death scene is the theme from the film Navajo Joe (1966). It can also be heard in the film Election (1999) during the scene where Tracy (Reese Witherspoon) tears down the posters in the school's hallway.

moviemogul

Question: Why would Daryl Hannah not have used her cell phone to call for help in Bud's trailer after her eye was pulled out?

Chosen answer: There is nothing to say this didn't happen. The last we see or hear from Hannah's character is when Uma Thurman leaves the trailer. At the time Thurman leaves Hannah's character she is obviously still in considerable pain and what she did after this is open to debate.

Lummie

Question: What cartoon is B.B watching near the end of the film?

Hamster

Chosen answer: The cartoon is called "Heckle and Jeckle" about two magpies and their misadventures.

Tobin OReilly

Question: I heard Warren Beatty was considered to play the role of Bill. True?

Hamster

Chosen answer: Yes it's true. Also Kevin Costner was considered, before David Carradine got the role.

Gavin Jackson

Question: Wasn't Quentin himself supposed to make a cameo in Volume 2? Did he? I watched it twice keeping my eyes peeled for QT, I really don't think he's there...

Chosen answer: He was suppose to play Pai-Mei, but due to how much he was doing just directing and producing the movie, he didn't have time for the complex martial arts training.

Question: What is the song that always plays when Beatrix comes face to face with someone from the Deadly Vipers? Its the same music from both movies.

Chosen answer: It is called Ironside and is written by Quincy Jones.

don_corleone

Question: Why does Budd lie about his Hanzo sword to his brother, Bill?

Chosen answer: Probably due to their recent "disagreement", as mentioned during their discussion. Since the sword was a present from Bill, it had should have had sentimental value. Budd is probably trying to make Bill think he no longer "cares" about Bill by showing little "love" for it. His way of making Bill feel bad for their recent "trouble".

XIII

Question: Does someone know of any website that lists which songs play in each scene? Even though I have the soundtrack, it's hard sometimes to tell which song is played when -not to mention the many non-OST songs in the film...

Chosen answer: Il Tramonto (#3) - It plays when the Bride is walking the church and goes outside, were she finds Bill. Tu mirá (#5) - It plays when the Bride is going to the bar to talk with the man that knows where Bill is. Summertime Killer (#6) - It plays when the Bride enters Bill's room and finds her daughter. The Chase (#7) - It plays when Elle Driver first appears, driving her car, on the begginig of the chapter "Elle and I". L'Arena (#8) - It plays when the Bride starts to punch open the coffin. A Silhouette of Doom (#9) - It plays on the beginning of the movie, when we have a flashback of Bill. A Satisfied Mind (#10) - It plays when Budd is at home, waiting for the Bride. About Her (#11) - It plays when the Bride is with her daughter, on the room, watching something on the TV. Malaguena Salerosa (#14) - It plays on the last scene of the movie, where we see the Bride on the bathroom floor and then in the bed, with her daughter.

Question: How on earth did Uma Thurman survive after being shot in the chest by a shot gun? Even if she didn't die, she would have been in a very bad shape but she makes a miraculous recovery. I thought this would have been the most obvious mistake in the film but nobody even mentioned this. Is there a factor which i don't know about? If so, could someone please explain this to me?

Chosen answer: This 'mistake' has been mentioned, and corrected, many times. The shot gun was loaded with rock salt - Budd says so on at least one occasion; so it stings a lot, and winds her, but does no lasting damage.

STP

Question: The character of Pie Mei: what does his name mean?

Chosen answer: Pai Mei means "White Lotus", though some sites seem to think it means "White Eyebrow." He's a character that appears in a lot of '70's Kung Fu movies and is played by Gordon Liu (who also plays the first of the large group of Crazy 88's (the one who runs in and yells) in Vol. 1).

Myridon

Question: The Bride leaves Elle Driver in Budd's truck, completely blind but alive. What would have happened to her? Would the Black Mamba snake finished her off?

Chosen answer: She could have died either from bleeding out from losing her eye, the black mamba could have got her or most likely Elle could have died from the exposure to the elements of being out in the middle of nowhere without the possibility of calling for help and not knowing how much food and water Budd had in his trailer. Since there was no way for her to drive off and being out in the desert, she most likely would have died a slow agonizing death through the process of dehydration.

Tobin OReilly

Question: I'm not really sure about it, because I realized it only after I went out of the movie theater but I think that when the Bride removed Elle's eye, it's the wrong eye - left eye instead of right eye. am I right?

Chosen answer: Elle's eye patch is always on HER right eye, so Beatrix removed Elle's left eye.

Melissa

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