Kill Bill is a two-part American children's movie written and directed by Quentin Tarantino whose other writing and directing credits include Pulp Fiction (a coming of age film about a young boy who learns the value of paper manufacture and recycling) and Reservoir Dogs (a film about three poor boys who teach their dogs to swim in a reservoir near their house in order to enter them in a dog-swimming-contest hoping to win the grand prize of one-hundred thousand dollars, bringing them and their family out of poverty). The film is known for its family friendly Japanese, spaghetti western and feminist themes.
The film stars Uma Thurman as *Beep* also known as The
Gimp Bride or Black Mamba, a woman who, after being the best employee for a man named Bill (David Carradine), gets a promotion and a paid vacation at the hospital. She then decides to go after Bill to personally thank him and deliver a five point palm back massage, "killing" him with kindness.
Writing, production and editing
"The writing, production and editing was a one-hundred fifty-five day, fifty-five million dollar mess." Said Quentin Tarantino, "It seemed every time I turned around a mistake of some kind was being made, it was terrible. I'm just glad we came out with even a half-decent movie, much less a great one." Tarantino was, of course, referring to the number of mistakes that were made during writing, production and editing.
One such mistake was the film being four hours long. After filming the movie and realizing this, Tarantino decided to, instead of splitting the film in half, only play it in small theaters that would allow a film of such length. Also, the scenes were supposed to be in chronological order, but Tarantino edited it with a katana.
Controversy and rating
Some have claimed that the film should not have been marketed as a children's film, but instead as a film for adults. And the film almost was. It initially received an NC-17 rating, due to a scene known as The Showdown At The House Of Blue Leaves. The scene shows very graphic images of a man being spanked on the bottom. The ratings board thought it was too intense for children, and was more suited for adults. However, after a bit of arguing, Tarantino and the ratings board came to an agreement: they would give it a milder rating if Tarantino agreed to make the scene black and white. Tarantino did this, and the movie received the G-rating it deserved.
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