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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

R  |   |  Action  |  10 October 2003 (USA)
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The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hattori Hanzo (as Sonny Chiba)
Johnny Mo (as Gordon Liu)
Kenji Ohba ...
Bald Guy (Sushi Shop) (as Kenji Oba)
Yuki Kazamatsuri ...


The lead character, called 'The Bride,' was a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, led by her lover 'Bill.' Upon realizing she was pregnant with Bill's child, 'The Bride' decided to escape her life as a killer. She fled to Texas, met a young man, who, on the day of their wedding rehearsal was gunned down by an angry and jealous Bill (with the assistance of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad). Four years later, 'The Bride' wakes from a coma, and discovers her baby is gone. She, then, decides to seek revenge upon the five people who destroyed her life and killed her baby. The saga of Kill Bill Volume I begins. Written by JD

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kill Bill  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£162,857 (UK) (10 October 2003)


$70,098,138 (USA) (21 May 2004)

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Did You Know?


The restaurant where The Bride fights O-Ren is called The House of Blue Leaves. The House of Blue Leaves is a play written by John Guare. See more »


When the bride is laying comatose in her coma in the hospital ward, we hear the sound of a fly. It is the normal sound of a common house fly. Then we see the fly land on the bride, and it is a mosquito. A mosquito has a very distinctive sound (very high pitched) and is totally different from the sound of a house fly. See more »


[first lines]
Bill: Do you find me sadistic? You know, I bet I could fry an egg on your head right now, if I wanted to. You know, Kiddo, I'd like to believe that you're aware enough even now to know that there's nothing sadistic in my actions. Well, maybe towards those other... jokers, but not you. No Kiddo, at this moment, this is me at my most...
[cocks pistol]
Bill: masochistic.
The Bride: Bill... it's your baby...
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Crazy Credits

The opening titles list some of the cast as "Guest Starring...". See more »


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Wound That Heals
Written by Takeshi Kobayashi
Performed by Salyu (as Lily Chou-Chou)
Courtesy of Oorong-Sha Co., Ltd.
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I am stunned
16 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

That there are so many sheep out there whose goodwill towards Tarantino extends towards giving this film anything other than a firm thumbs down.

What a mess. A genuinely embarrassing effort with terrible characters, wooden performances and no plot to speak of all covered up with glossy production design and ludicrous fight sequences. Most critics agree it is his worst film by a country mile.

I am prepared that the whole thing should be redeemed by Kill Bill 2. But this on its own, Kill Bill 1 is rated so highly on IMDb that it makes the Top 250 above films such as Butch Cassidy, Life of Brian, Annie Hall to name just three. That is because there are a lot of complete idiots out there.

Hopefully this will go towards redressing the balance

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