Motivations behind this post on “12 Things You Didn’t Know About Kill Bill” is that Kill Bill is one of the best Quentin Tarantino movies starring Uma Thurman, David Carradine and Daryl Hannah. The film is driven by the greatest female hero ever put on screen and a fantastic antagonist played to perfection by David Carradine.
There are incredible amounts of memorable moments in Kill Bill from battling of an entire army of ninjas to a fight between a one-eyed nemesis. While going through this Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece I’ve dug something about this film that would be interesting to know about. Here are 12 things that even the greatest Kill Bill fans might not know.
1. The role of Bill was originally offered to Warren Beatty but rather taking the role he suggested to Quentin Tarantino that he use David Carradine.
2. Robert Richardson, director of photography of the film was provided extensive list of Chinese “wuxia” (martial arts) film of the 1970′s as a crash-course in the visual style they used, because Quentin Tarantino wanted to achieve the specific look of such films. Tarantino also denied to use digital effects and “professional” gags and squibs. And also the interesting thing of bloody spurts was it was done by using Chinese condoms full of fake blood that would splatter on impact.
3. Over 450 gallons of fake blood were used on the two Kill Bill movies.
4. Some parts of Kill Bill was shot at the legendary The Shaw Brothers Creative Group Studio in Hong Kong. Tarantino felt it was important for him to do so because he has seen so many movies made at the studio.
5. Tarantino cast Chiaki Kuriyama (who played Takako Chigusa in Battle Royale) as Gogo Yubari because he was a big fan of the Japanese movie Battle Royale.
6. Okinawa is widely regarded as one of the worst possible places to get good sushi. In other words, a sushi joint in Okinawa would make a fine hiding place.
7. Uma Thurman was advised to watch three movies by Quentin Tarantino in preparation for this film. Those films were Sergio Leone’s Per un Pungo di dollari, John Woo’s The Killer and Coffy (Starring Jackie Brown star Pam Grier).
8. Tarantino owns the “Pussy Wagon” and drove as his everyday vehicle to promote the release of Kill Bill: Vol. 2. Later on the vehicle appears in the video for “Telephone” by Lady Gaga and Beyonce Knowles and also it appears for in the music video of Missy ‘Misdeameanor’ Elliot, “I’m Really Hot”.
9. The character Pai Mei in Kill Bill Vol. 2 is based on Pak Mei, the originator of the “White Eyebrow” kung fu technique. Pak Mei Kung Fu has always been known as the “forbidden technique,” because according to legend, Pak Mei is one of the few masters left following the decimation of the Buddhist temples, and later sold out other masters to save himself and his team during an attack they had mounted that subsequently went wrong. Pak Mei himself has been a villainous figure in Chinese folklore and film for hundred of years.
10. Pai Mei’s three inch punch is a reference to the three inch knockout punch.
11. The Five-Point Palm exploding heart technique was originally written as Ten-point Palm exploding heart technique in the script.
12. The speech in which Bill talks about Superman was in part inspired by “The Great Comic Book Heroes” a book by Jules Feiffer.
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