10/10. The violence and gore in this movie is extreme, stylized and highly choreographed (this might reduce its intensity). There is an uncut version intensifying the scenes which are marked with a ~.
A woman, bruised and bloody, is shot in the head and blood splatters out.
Two women fight inside a family home. Rather stylized violence involving punches, kicks, melee attacks with blunt objects and eventually knives. The fight is interrupted when one's daughter enters the house.
After a short break, the fight continues; one fires a concealed gun at the other, who promptly throws a knife into the first's heart, killing her. It is implied that the young daughter witnesses her mother's death.
The movie depicts a wedding chapel littered with bodies (precisely nine; eight of which are dead, one in a coma.) Bullet damage and blood can be seen on the walls and floor. In this scene, it is also strongly implied that The Bride's unborn baby was also killed.
An unconscious woman (believed, until this point, to be dead,) spits blood into a man's eye in a reflex action.
A woman bites a man's tongue so severely that it leaves them both bloody and him unconscious (or perhaps dead.)
A man's Achilles' tendon is slashed and he falls to the ground.
Moments later, the same man has his head repeatedly slammed in a door. Finally, The Bride crushes his head in the door with such force that it results in his death; his body twitching noticeably.
A man is beheaded whilst seated at a table. A huge, hyperbolic, and frankly almost comical, amount of blood sprays from his neck while his recently separated head rolls on the table in front of other people.
~A woman seduces a man. When the man says yes, she then stabs him in the stomach. She makes a very dark joke about it. His guts fall onto the floor.
A woman's arm is sliced off; she flails around, blood spraying from the stump. Throughout the next scene, she is seen screaming and rolling around in a pool of her own blood. Extremely exaggerated.
A man is stabbed in the abdomen with a Katana. He is then lifted above the attacker's head with the sword and thrown into a pool.
Several dozen masked henchmen are dispatched in a very gruesome manner by The Bride and her Samurai sword.
A 17-year-old girl (who is the personal bodyguard of one of the antagonists) attacks The Bride with a Meteor Hammer on a chain. The Bride is hit in the chest several times and choked with the chain. While suffocating, The Bride reaches for a piece of wood with jagged nails protruding from the end, with which she stabs her attacker in the toes, then in the head, resulting in her death. Right before the attacker dies, we see tears of blood coming from her eyes.
~At one point during the 'Showdown at House of Blue Leaves' scene, the picture turns to monochrome to lessen the effect of the gratuitous gore and violence of The Bride's fight with the Crazy 88. In the Japanese version, however, this does not happen; the scene is in full color. The monochrome effect was used to avoid an "NC-17" rating.
During the monochrome segment, dozens of Katana-wielding henchmen are dispatched and graphically dismembered. This scene is most definitely not for those of a sensitive nature, especially as the blood is so exaggerated. During this scene, the following occurs:
- A man's eye is plucked from his face.
- A man has an axe thrown at him. It impacts his forehead, forcing him to fall backwards.
- A man is graphically decapitated.
- A man has his neck broken and the one opposite of him has a katana penetrated through his chest coming out at his back.
- Several people have their arms sliced off.
- A man's mouth is sliced open.
- A man is literally sliced in half vertically with a Samurai sword.
- At one point, The Bride is urgently trying to get to O-Ren Ishii but is in the midst of fighting a small army of men. So, in an attempt to finish the fight, she aims her blades for the attacker's ankles, resulting in many detached feet. The attackers can be seen fumbling in panic with their dismembered feet.
The Bride then blinks, and the monochrome is restored to normal color.
A woman is scalped with a samurai sword after a slightly bloody sword fight. Her open cranium can be seen, as can part of her brain.
We see the bloody carnage resulting from a previous battle. Mutilated people writhe around among the bloody corpses of their fallen comrades. This image is rather disturbing.
~A woman who has recently had her arm dismembered is threatened with losing her other arm if she doesn't give The Bride information. In the uncut version, her other arm gets cut off, with blood present.
~An anime scene depicts the history of one of the main antagonists. While animated, it is nonetheless very violent and rather disturbing. Details follow:
~A man fights off two attackers in his home while his wife is held by a third. His daughter watches from under the bed. The man damages the face of one of the attackers and breaks the arm of another before throwing him into a bookshelf.
The man is finally killed when he is stabbed in the back with a Katana. In anime style, the blood that ensues from the wound is hyperbolic in both amount and sound. The man is then stabbed in the temple right in front of his hidden daughter. His eyes rolled back into his head, indicating his death.
With the daughter under the bed, a woman is thrown onto it and killed by the Yakuza boss. Drops of blood fall down onto the daughter's face. This is quite an intense scene.
~Later, the daughter is seen straddling a scantly clad man who is the Yakuza boss responsible for her parents' deaths, and is revealed to be a pedophile. While atop him, she stabs him in the stomach with a blade. She taunts him while he visibly suffers and bleeds from the mouth (longer in the uncut version). You see his teeth shatter. Eventually, she slices through his stomach all the way to his chest (in the uncut version you get a good view of this) to cause a similarly prolific gush of blood that literally covers the wall.
The commotion attracts two guards to the room. They open fire with 9mm pistols, only to realize that their target has hidden under the bed.
She then shoots one in the leg, causing his foot to fly off, before shooting him in the head. A similar fate befalls the second guard.
Later in the scene, a man is shot in the head with a sniper rifle. The camera follows the bullet as it passes through his head and out the back. Two women look through the exit-wound and scream.
A woman dodges incoming hatchets, ending in the forehead of two men. Bloody, but nothing so gross.