And the release date is… I suppose this clears up the competing Oscar issue, as each Volume of the film can be submitted for awards in different years. Volume 1 gets released October 10th, 2003.
Its now available for pre-order from Amazon. Here’s whats on it:
1. “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” – Nancy Sinatra
2. “That Certain Female” – Charlie Feathers
3. “The Grand Duel – (Parte Prima)” – Luis Bacalov
4. “Twisted Nerve” – Bernard Herrmann
5. Queen Of The Crime Council – dialogue excerpt from film (Lucy Lui and Julie Dreyfus)
6. “Ode To Oren Ishii” – The RZA [New]
7. “Run Fay Run” – Isaac Hayes
8. “Green Hornet” – Al Hirt
9. “Battle Without Honor or Humanity” – Tomoyasu Hotei
10. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” – Santa Esmeralda
11. “Woo Hoo” – The 18.104.22.168′s
12. “Crane”/”White Lightning” – The RZA/Charles Bernstein
13. “The Flower of Carnage” – Meiko Kaji
14. “The Lonely Shepherd” – Zamfir
15. You’re My Wicked Life – dialogue excerpt from film (David Carradine, Julie Dreyfus, Uma Thurman)
16. “Ironside” excerpt – Quincy Jones
17. “Super 16″ excerpt – Neu!
Kung Fu Stings and SFX:
18. Yakuza Oren 1 – The RZA [new]
19. Banister Fight – The RZA [new]
20. Flip Sting
21. Sword Swings
22. Axe Throws
There is some confusion as to whether Uma stood up Quentin on Saturday, or whether the screening was always scheduled for Sunday.
“Quentin was freaking out, looking for her,” says our snitch. “He flew in from Los Angeles especially to show Uma the latest cut of the film. But she went out to Fire Island.”
She claims that Kill Bill was partially influenced by MTV’s Jackass, and agrees with the decision to split the movie into 2 parts:
“That was the only thing to do because the script was that big,” she says of “Bill,” holding up two fingers about two inches apart. “It was a phone book. It was. It was the size of a telephone book and he added stuff while we were shooting.”
“It’s his magnum opus — that’s what he calls it. It’s all the genres that he’s obsessed with: Japanese amine, Spaghetti Western and Kung Fu — it’s all combined in one.”
Aside from Tarantino’s well-documented love of Hong Kong martial arts films, the director was also influenced during the making of “Kill Bill” by a certain extreme stunts TV show.
“Oh, God. Johnny Knoxville, you suck,” Hannah laughs.
“Quentin discovered ‘Jackass’ the week we were shooting my fight scene. So then suddenly it became, ‘And today we’re going to throw snot in your face. And now we’re going to smash a light up in your face.’”
If both volumes of the film are released this year, Tarantino may have a decision to make as to which one to submit to the Oscars. Submitting them both would pit one against the other, making it more unlikely that either would be nominated for anything. They apparently cannot be submitted as a single movie. Which leaves deciding which of the two volumes to submit? Apparently, Matrix Revolutions is going to be submitted and Matrix Reloaded is not as they suffer from a similar problem to Kill Bill.
Theatrical Release Date: October 10, 2003 (Volume 1) – April 16, 2004 (Volume 2)
Primary Cast: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen, David Carradine, Samuel L. Jackson.
Tarantino’s Input: Writer, director and producer.
Bootleg Trailer: TV spots and multiple trailers (Quicktime)
Finally, a real poster for Kill Bill. Click the image for a larger version.
Two reviews from a screening have been posted over at AICN. The first is a mixed/negative review that complains of lack of plot and dialogue and fight scenes that were way too long. I get the impression that if Tarantino’s name weren’t associated with the film, this reviewer would have just gone completely negative about the film.
The 2nd review is more positive – it seems this person took the movie for what it is – action – and didn’t expect anything greater than that from it.
If you didn’t know, Bollywood is the equivalent of Hollywood in India. The remake is being titled Kaante, and is actually going to be filmed in New York. And, although its a remake – they aren’t staying very true to the original script:
The film begins with a veteran gangster Major (Amitabh) released from prison. Wanting to live the life of riley, Major plans a bank robbery with the help of five accomplices, amongst them Sanjay Dutt, an experienced robber; Mahesh Manjrekar, a druggie bouncer; Sunil Shetty; Mak (Lucky Ali) and an undercover cop-with-attitude, Kumar Gaurav who plans to foil their escapade.
The men assume fake IDs to prevent any risk but Sanjay Dutt
Uma Thurman and Daryl Hannah tangle so violently in Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Kill Bill, the director jokes that it might as well be called “War of the Blond Gargantuans.” “You’ve got these two beautiful women and they just keep [bleeping] each other up, getting kicked in the crotch, faces smashed into a wall, lamps cracked over their heads,” Tarantino tells Premiere magazine. “I want every blow to hurt!”