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THE MOVIE: Kill Bill, Volume One

Uma Thurman • Lucy Liu • Daryl Hannah
DIRECTOR: Quentin Tarantino

The Bride (Thurman), who is pregnant, is ambushed at the altar, and her entire wedding party is slaughtered. After four years in a coma, she embarks on a quest for justice against those responsible, an elite group of assassins known as The Deadly Vipers.

U.S. RELEASE: October 10 2003, Nationwide • Rated: R


Its a basic story of revenge that crosses all genres; Im dealing with Spaghetti Westerns, Kung Fu, Samurai. Since you know its a revenge story going in, its easy to follow five people did this to her, shes going down the list and is going to wipe them out.

I think [seeing girls fighting] is sort of thrilling. As a female, youre taught to be defensive your whole life. Youre taught not to be aggressive, not to provoke violence because youre instructive from such a young age that you will be the recipient of it and you will lose. [Doing the fight scenes] I had to be really precise because Im swinging those swords, and even the stunt sword is still a wooden spike with a tip on it, and youre swinging it within inches of eyes and things that cant be protected. It caused me tremendous anxiety.

LUCY LIU (O-Ren Ishii):
I actually didnt think my character was so tough. I thought she was really cool to play because she was a survivor. She had so many reasons why she had become what she was. She had to continue fighting all her life to basically stay alive, from the moment her parents were killed. Its kill or be killed.

DARYL HANNAH (Elle Driver):
This is the first villain that Ive played in a movie that has absolutely no vulnerability and no innocence, nothing whatsoever that is likeable about her other than shes so bad. All the other Deadly Vipers have some empathetic qualities, but my character is just bad all the way through. And youre going to hate her in the second film, because she does horrible things.

Umas character is not flippant. The movie is having fun. Youre meant to see it and have a great time and be blown away, but Umas portrayal never has that luxury. Shes never winking at the camera in the film. I might wink at the camera every once in a while, but she never does. Her journey is real, her pain is real, and she keeps it on course.

My character goes through an ordeal. And wait until you see the second half. Its not over. It goes on and on and on. And we explored every single moment to the nth degree. Everything in the movie was tough.

I dont really see [the violence] in the movie as violence as much as action. People use locations as a language in films, and I think Quentin uses action as a language in his films. And you understand that its part of his style, of what he represents. In the scene that I have in the end of the film with Uma, in the snow garden, theres really not a lot of violence. Its more of an emotional beat than it is a physical beat.

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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