Kill Bill is a two-part action thriller film released in 2003 and 2004 by writer-director Quentin Tarantino, and starring Uma Thurman as The Bride. Originally conceived as one film, it was released in two "volumes" (in late 2003 and early 2004) due to its running time of approximately four hours. The film is an epic-length revenge drama, with homage to earlier film genres, such as Hong Kong martial arts films, Japanese Chanbara films, exploitation films and Italian spaghetti western; an extensive use of popular music and pop culture references; and aestheticization of violence. Filming took place in California, Texas, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Mexico.
Kill Bill is one story, divided into two volumes with five chapters each, presented in a nonlinear narrative style, as is common among Tarantino's films. This synopsis follows the narrative structure of the film, meaning that the events are not all presented in chronological order.
The film opens with a shot of The Bride (Uma Thurman), covered in blood and gasping for breath. The unseen Bill (David Carradine) monologues briefly. As The Bride attempts to tell him “it’s your baby”, he shoots her in the side of the head.
In the next scene, The Bride arrives at the home of Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox). Without saying a word, The Bride engages her in a vicious fight; however, she agrees to cease the hostilities when Vernita's four-year-old daughter arrives home. Through The Bride’s narration, we learn that the two women were acquainted four years ago (they were both assassins under the employ of Bill, although this is not made explicit here). Vernita apologizes to The Bride, but The Bride is unmoved, insisting that the two have “unfinished business” (what Vernita is apologizing for is not entirely clear at this point, although The Bride implies that it resulted in the deaths of a number of people close to her). They arrange to continue their fight later that evening, but before The Bride can depart, Vernita attempts to kill her with a gun hidden inside a cereal box. The Bride reacts instantly, throwing a knife that kills Vernita. As she removes the knife from Vernita's body, Vernita's daughter, Nikki, walks into the room. The Bride unapologetically assures the child that she will have a chance for revenge when she is older. Chronologically, this scene occurs after the remaining events of the first volume; Vernita is the second of The Bride’s revenge targets, O-Ren Ishii (see below) being the first.
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