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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

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After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.


Quentin Tarantino


Quentin Tarantino, Quentin Tarantino (character The Bride) (as Q) | 1 more credit »
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Top Rated Movies #174 | Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 29 wins & 102 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Uma Thurman ... The Bride
Lucy Liu ... O-Ren Ishii
Vivica A. Fox ... Vernita Green
Daryl Hannah ... Elle Driver
David Carradine ... Bill
Michael Madsen ... Budd
Julie Dreyfus ... Sofie Fatale
Chiaki Kuriyama ... Gogo Yubari
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Hattori Hanzo (as Sonny Chiba)
Chia-Hui Liu ... Johnny Mo (as Gordon Liu)
Michael Parks ... Earl McGraw
Michael Bowen ... Buck
Jun Kunimura ... Boss Tanaka
Kenji Ohba ... Bald Guy (Sushi Shop) (as Kenji Oba)
Yuki Kazamatsuri ... Proprietor


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Here comes the bride See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Quentin Tarantino chose Jun Kunimura to be Boss Tanaka after seeing him scream in Koroshiya 1 (2001). See more »


When Hatori Honzo writes "Bill" on the fogged window and The Bride erases it shortly after, you can see fogged-over smudged wipe marks as well as part of the letter 'B' where the scene had been done over numerous times. 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

Based on the character of 'The Bride' created by Q & U. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Japanese extended cut played in theatres in Hong Kong. However, the Hong Kong DVD release is the shorter US version. See more »


Written by David Allen Young
Performed by David Allen Young
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User Reviews

Kill Bill Is One Hell Of A Thrill
10 September 2020 | by dommercaldiSee all my reviews

Pros: 1. The bright colour palette does a wonderful job at highlighting the over-the-top nature of the film. 2. The entire animated sequence of the O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu) origin story is gorgeously animated, as well as being impactful and brutal. 3. The score envelops the movie in a pulsating lively aura, and adds reems of energy to the scenes. 4. The action and fight scenes are incredibly entertaining and brilliantly choreographed. 5. The editing is mostly top-notch, especially with the quick cuts adding a lot of vibrancy to the fight scenes. 6. The costume and set design create the outlandish world perfectly. 7. Both Uma Thurman (The Bride) and Lucy Liu deliver great performances. 8. The sound-mixing is very crisp and clean, and it adds so much weight to the action scenes. 9. The make-up and art production is off-the-charts and, in regards to the gore, helps to make the deaths to feel more potent in their execution.

Cons: 1. The slow-motion used is extremely unattractive and pointless. 2. There is annoying minor usage of stock action screams.

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Release Date:

10 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Volume One See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,200,000, 12 October 2003

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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