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  • Acting for Two:
    • Gordon Liu plays both Johnny Mo in volume 1 and Pai Mei in volume 2.
    • Michael Parks plays both Earl McGraw and Esteban Vihaio.
  • Approval of God: Some Norwegian amateur actors decided to make a parody of the film titled "Kill Buljo". It became a success in its respective country and Tarantino himself enjoyed it greatly.
  • Career Resurrection: This gave Uma Thurman a much needed career boost after a dry run in the late '90s.
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  • Cast the Runner-Up: Originally, Quentin Tarantino wanted Michael Madsen to play Johnny Mo. However, he decided that Madsen would be better as Bill's brother, so he had him play Budd instead.
  • Colbert Bump: Really, how many people would have known the song "Battle Without Honor or Humanity" had it not been featured in this movie?
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Uma Thurman has nothing good to say about the film, especially considering the events of 2018 with Harvey Weinstein. Ironic considering the films basically helped her Career Resurrection she needed.
    • Quentin Tarantino considers the now-infamous car stunt to be the biggest mistake of his life, especially when Uma herself spoke how terrible the stunt was and how it lead to damage to her body, along with her beliefs that Weinstein caused the problems with that stunt.
  • The Danza:
    • Larry Bishop plays Larry Gomez.
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    • In terms of surnames, you have Helen Kim as Karen Kim.
  • Deleted Role: Michael Jai White as a martial artist with a score to settle with Bill.
  • Deleted Scene: Bill originally had a fight scene with Michael Jai White and his henchmen. See it here.
  • Fake Mixed Race: The half-Japanese, half-French Sophie Fatale is played by the fully French Julie Dreyfus. Likewise, the half-Japanese, half-Chinese American O-Ren Ishii is played by the fully Chinese-American Lucy Liu.
  • Hostility on the Set: Uma Thurman and Daryl Hannah didn't get on. This even stretched to when filming was done.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: While Michael Jai White is featured in the Vol. 1 teaser, his scene did not make it into either film.
  • Playing Against Type: Most of Michael Madsen's other work is a variation on his most famous role, which was in another Tarantino movie, as a brutal psychopath and murderer. Here, he's part of a whole gang of psychotic murderers...but he's probably the sanest and least evil out of any of them.
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  • Prop Recycling: The Tokyo miniature sets were leftovers from Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack!.
  • Real-Life Relative: "Son Number One" is Parks' real-life son.
  • Referenced by...: In Ghosts of the Federation, Kat is interested in a Katana that the storekeeper describes as "A precisssse replica of the very blade with which the Bride ssstruck down her nemessssissss, the cruel and dassstardly 'Bill.'"
    • ...which is Hilarious in Hindsight when you realise that the Bride used the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique to kill Bill, and her sword didn't have anything to do with it.
  • Science Marches On: The MythBusters tested as to whether it's really possible for a person to punch their way out of a coffin buried deep underground, with the conclusion that it isn't: even the world's most skilled boxer wouldn't be able to punch a hole with that little space for drawing the fist back to create enough force, and before they'd manage to create a crack the air would have run out anyway. And even if a person did manage to punch through, they would immediately be buried and suffocated in dirt.
  • Troubled Production: Production led to the disintegration of the working relationship between Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino, on account of this trope. According to Thurman's telling of the story, Tarantino pushed her to do a dangerous vehicle stunt herself rather than swapping in a stunt driver, despite her misgivings about the safety of it, describing the stunt car as a "deathbox" that wasn't properly maintained and the winding, sandy road she was asked to drive on at 40 mph as unsafe; sure enough, she got into a bad accident while shooting the scene. Tarantino and Thurman bitterly fought each other over the incident during the promotional tour, and Thurman spent fifteen years trying to get a hold of the set footage showing the crash, finally doing so in 2018 and releasing it in an op-ed in The New York Times.
  • Undermined by Reality: A movie about female empowerment, produced by Harvey Weinstein. No points for guessing what he was exposed for nearly 15 years later. Needless to say, Uma Thurman wasn't amused (to put it lightly) when she found out.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Tarantino originally intended it to be one long movie, with an intermission.
    • In the original script, Gogo was a pair of Creepy Twins: The silent one at O-Ren's side and the Ax-Crazy one at the bar. After the quiet one (Gogo) is killed, the crazy one (Yuki) stalks The Bride all the way to Pasadena (that's her in the ice cream truck in Vol. 1). Yuki takes some ultra-steroids that Bill's cooked up and goes after The Bride with guns and bombs and blows up the Pussy Wagon in the process, but dies of an overdose before killing her. The Bride is so shaken that she calls Hanzo for reassurance and then calls a certain Nurse Bonnie to fix her up. Bonnie is hysterical and claims she "got out of that a long time ago," but like Hanzo is ultimately not immune to The Bride's charms. This is still referenced in the final cut: when the Bride meets Esteban in a convertible, he says that Bill said she would be driving a truck. She simply replies that her "Pussy Wagon died on her." There's also the Narm-ish variation of The Bride confronting Bill in a wedding dress for their final showdown.
    • There are rumours that the original script called for Beatrix to kill O-Ren via decapitation (which would have been a Karmic Death for O-Ren, given how often she killed people that way). It was scrapped because that would have made O-Ren's dying words - recanting her previous refusal to believe that the sword was an authentic Hanzō sword - impossible.
    • Warren Beatty was who Tarantino had envisioned as Bill. The character was originally envisioned as suave, James Bond type. Kevin Costner was offered the role, but he was busy with Open Range. Jack Nicholson, Burt Reynolds, Mickey Rourke and Kurt Russell also passed on it.
    • Michael Madsen was originally going to play Johnny Mo.
    • Ricardo Montalban was the original choice for Esteban.
    • In one version of the script for Volume II, Pai Mei's lips would be speaking Cantonese while his voice (dubbed by Tarantino) would be in English, imitating a bad dub job.
    • The biggest one is yet to come—the planned third volume (with the story potentially either focusing on "the revenge of two killers whose arms and eye were hacked by Uma Thurman in the first stories," or a daughter's revenge story), which Quentin has gone back and forth on whether he's filming it. As of 2018, things don't look good: in a 2014 interview, Tarantino mentioned plans to retire after directing his tenth film; Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) will be his ninth film, leaving just one more chance for Volume 3 to see the light of day. The possibility of a third volume had already been called into question by this point, given Uma Thurman's estrangement from Tarantino.
    • In the original draft of the scene where the Bride fights Gogo and the Crazy 88s, she wields both a katana and a boomerang.
    • Tarantino stated he would have loved to write a scene with Elle Driver and Beatrix growing fifty feet tall and fighting.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Kill Bill Wiki.
  • Word of Dante: According to David Carradine, the man in the animé flashback who kills O-Ren's father was a younger Bill.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: During production, Quentin Tarantino wrote new scenes as he shot, thus compiling massive amounts of footage.
  • You Look Familiar: Michael Parks plays Earl McGraw in Volume 1 and Esteban Vihaio in Volume 2. Gordon Liu plays Johnny Mo in Volume 1 and Pai Mei in Volume 2.


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