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Kill Bill: Volume 1 
"Revenge is a dish best served cold".
3.5/4 stars

A captivating tale of revenge, justice, honor and redemption! The movie opens with a blood-splattered face that belongs to "The Bride", whose name will be 'beeped' all through the film. She's a deadly assassin who was once a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, codenamed Black Mamba.

The Bride decides she's had enough of the life, changing her name and getting married in a desert town with intent to begin again under a new identity. Naturally, this doesn’t sit well with Bill, the head of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad and The Bride's former lover.
Bill kills everybody who attended the wedding, and has his Squad beat the pregnant Bride into a pulp, before shooting her in the head, only a second after she informs Bill the baby is his.

Four years pass where The Bride is in a coma, and what proceeds after she awakes, is the start of a personal vendetta to kill all the members of the Viper Squad who ruined her life.
The main target of The Bride’s revenge is none other than David Carradine as Bill. It is he and his 'Snake" team which consists of Lucy Liu who plays O-Ren Ishii, Vivica A. Fox as Vernita Green, Daryl Hannah as Elle Driver and Michael Madson who now become the intended targets.

One back story which is presented beautifully is that of O-Ren Ishii. It is a dark, disturbing tale that is shown through the means of anime. The images are amazing, with huge exaggeration on the image of blood, it is bright red and the amount is copious and every shot looks like it is something out of a painting.

Another noteworthy character is that of her protégé Gogo Yubari played by Chiaki Kuriyama. Her character is a sadistic teenager who totally blows you away with her vicious nature and killer instinct. She sends a chill down your spine each time she smiles, though she also creates a feeling that you should be slightly sorry for her even if she is crazy.

Quick and stylish, accompanied by a magnificent soundtrack! As usual, music plays a crucial part in a Tarantino film, with his unique power to get us in the right mood translating the images that words can't express. Spurting blood, limbs flying, sword fights and super cool yellow Bruce Lee tracksuits….what’s not to love??


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