Kill Bill: Vol. 1

User Score

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Overview

An assassin is shot at the altar by her ruthless employer, Bill and other members of their assassination circle – but 'The Bride' lives to plot her vengeance. Setting out for some payback, she makes a death list and hunts down those who wronged her, saving Bill for last.

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Who Stars in Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Uma Thurman
Beatrix 'The Bride' Kiddo

Uma Thurman

Lucy Liu
O-Ren Ishii

Lucy Liu

Vivica A. Fox
Vernita Green

Vivica A. Fox

Daryl Hannah
Elle Driver

Daryl Hannah

David Carradine

David Carradine

Michael Madsen

Michael Madsen


Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Reservoir Dogs
Sin City
Inglourious Basterds
Jackie Brown
Death Proof
No Country for Old Men
From Dusk Till Dawn
Full Metal Jacket
A Clockwork Orange
The Big Lebowski
Taxi Driver
The Terminator
The Sixth Sense
Million Dollar Baby
Minority Report
Planet Terror
The Matrix Reloaded

Review for Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Author: John Chard

Not so hush hush but very much on the QT. After being gunned down on her wedding day by her former colleagues, assassin Black Mamba (Uma Thurman) rouses from a four year coma with only one thing on her mind, revenge! Striking up a death list of five, she sets off for bloody retribution. Quentin Tarrantino writes and directs what is in all truth, a homage to all the cinema conventions close to his heart. Think an amalgamation of chop-socky, sexploitation, samurai, spaghetti Westerns, anime and cop shows of years past, and you get the heart of Kill Bill. A film that was so epic in scope it had to be cut into two films. What it lacks in Tarrantino dialogue dynamite it more than makes up for with action and astute visual flair. And it's bloody, very bloody. Thurman is great as the avenging Mamba/The Bride, while the inclusion of Sonny Chiba & Lucy Liu adds a touch of class as QT revels in his East meets West berserker narrative. It could have been trimmed down, particularly in the middle section where Tarrantino deals in a calm before the storm ideal, but Volume 1 was one of the most exciting movies of 2003, and most notably it shows Tarrantino to be adept at action directing. His action skills perhaps explains why the script doesn't crackle with the wit and panache of his previous offerings? You sense he wants more than the words "fine writer" engraved on his granite mined Curriculum Vitae. Hugely enjoyable with a neat end of film cliffhanger, roll on part 2... 8/10

Part of the Kill Bill Collection

View the collection

Images related to Kill Bill: Vol. 1



A Band Apart

Super Cool ManChu



Release Date

Original Language

1 hr 51 mins

$ 30,000,000.00 (Estimated)

$ 180,949,045.00 (USA)

$ 150,949,045.00 (Estimated in USA)


Action Crime

japan coma martial arts kung fu underworld yakuza sword bride revenge female yakuza wedding samurai sword

What do you think of this movie?