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Kill Bill news 2002

From The Quentin Tarantino Archives

Archived news related to Kill Bill from 1/1/02 till 12/31/02.

Kill Bill teaser footage description (Nov 19)

Damn this is awesome. I come home from having a nice cold beer, and check out AICN, and there is a dripping hot description of early Kill Bill footage in trailer form. This "could" be the trailer we could see this year. Could, because you never know if those articles are true before there aren't more sources that prove the same thing. But actually, there was a little footage screening in Italy/France 2 weeks ago where footage of Kill Bill was shown and I always said: There's gonna be a trailer..... and here it is, the description of the trailer. (link to the actual AICN article)

... this past weekend I got a sneak peak at what will presumably be the just-under-two-minute trailer/teaser for KILL BILL.... Now onto the trailer…

It opens with a shot of an airplane flying overhead. Then the music kicks in (wish I could tell you where it’s from because it does ad quite a bit to the kick-ass nature of the whole thing). Screen goes black and in big, red block letters it reads "MIRAMAX FILMS PRESENTS". Fade out. "THE 4TH FILM". Fade out. "BY QUENTIN TARINTINO". Fade out. Then you hear Quentin say "Action!" in the background as a figure wearing motorcycle leathers opens a car trunk. Quick cut to Lucy Liu walking down a hallway with what looks to be her badass entourage behind her (including pre-teen girls in sailor outfits). Cut to Uma on the back of a motorcycle riding through the streets of Japan/China. Cut to an extremely brief shot from some sort of soirée. Cut to Uma, with her back to the camera, sitting at a bar. Another card comes up; it reads: "UMA THURMAN".

Now come the goodies. We cut to Uma in her yellow Game of Death Jumpsuit defending herself form a middle-aged Bald guy dressed in black with a mask (like the one worn by Jet Li in "BLACK MASK") wielding a katanna in each hand. Cut to an extremely close-up of a sword/katanna being unsheathed. Cut to a stare down between a bloodied-looking Uma and Lucy Liu , who is looking mighty virginal in white while snow is falling all around. Cut to a bald black guy dressed in maroon doing some might fancy sword work. Cut to a dirty-faced Uma punching some lady (Daryl Hannah?) who’s coming at her with a staff. Cut to Uma, now in street clothes, fighting a different woman who is coming at her with a frying pan in a kitchen. Cut to a black and white shot of Uma with splotches of blood on her face looking…Shocked, Scared, Confused? Can’t really tell without context. Cut to a limo surrounded (protected?) on all sides by motorcycle escort. Cut to Darryl Hannah walking down a hospital corridor (now with eyepatch!) in a stylish white leather trenchcoat. Cut to one of those pre-teen sailor dress-wearing girls using a bolo. Cut to Uma doing a backflip to avoid the bolos; the harness work here is extremely obvious so I can only hope this is a training scene of some sort. Cut to a montage of Uma’s enemies: A woman I don’t recognize, Daryl Hannah, Lucy Liu, and finally Michael Madsen. Cut to our first and only glimpse of David Carradine as he simply turns to the camera and gives a penetrating stare. Cut to a martial arts sequence in a small village between Uma and an old master-type guy with a long white beard; the scene ends with the master literally standing on the edge of Uma’s blade and then doing a back flip (and kicking Uma in the face). Cut to Lucy Liu in a dojo; she shouts something that quickly rallies the troops and in no time at all Uma, who’s Game of Death jumpsuit is looking bloodier than ever, is surrounded on all sides. Now comes the best shot of the whole damn teaser/trailer, the thing that just makes you go "holy shit!", you know?

We get a crane shot. It starts at eye level on Uma and it slowly raises to the rafters so that we can see that there are something like 25 bad guys surrounding her, all with swords drawn. Uma then raises her sword, indicating he’s ready for’em. Pause. She makes one tiny, defiant movement and (now back to the crane shot where we can see everyone from above) the whole circle of bad guys literally take a synchronized, fearful step back. It’s sooooooo cool. Anyway, moving on…the screen goes black and once again we get big, red block letters but this time they read: "IN THE YEAR". Fade out to someone with blonde hair (pretty sure it’s Hannah again) doing a flying kick. Cut to: "2003". Fade out to an axe flung end over end that whizzes by Uma’s head. Cut to: "UMA THURMAN". Fade out to Uma doing some sort of flip. "WILL". Fade out to more martial art swordplay but now in silhouette. Cut to: "KILL BILL". Fade out to a profile shot of Lucy Liu; she says, "You didn’t think it was going to be that easy, did you?" It then cuts to a profile shot of Uma who responds with, "You know…for a second there, I kind of did." And for the last shot we cut to Uma running up the banister of a staircase to intercept a bad guy with her sword.

End of (one fan-fucking-tastic) trailer .

Now if this comes to apple's trailer page in short time, I'm gonna piss my fucking pants. This is probably the most awesomest news since the leaking of the script! BE COOL! Yours truly, Sebastian, the totally stunned webmaster.

UPDATE: That trailer - as Bo Svenson told me - was shown at MIFED in Milan a short time ago and is actually the reported 'footage' brought by Weinstein to the Milan screenings.

New Kill Bill article in the New York Times (Sep 5)

The New York Times features a new article on Kill Bill and has 2 pictures from Still photographer Andrew Cooper. The left one is Tarantino and Yuen Woo-Ping at the set of the HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES. And the picture on the right is Uma Thurman as THE BRIDE in Bruce Lee's yellow tracksuit at the House of Blue Leaves. "Tarantino Behind the Camera in Beijing" (click here to read)

Kill Bill news update (Aug 13)

KILL BILL NEWS ROUNDUP - PROBLEMS ON SET / SCRIPT ONLINE / STILL IN BEIJING. I got home from my vacation and here we go. The following shit happened:

  • 1. The crew is not yet in Japan, they are still in Beijing. They are gonna shoot there till September 2nd. Here is an excerpt from an article from monkeypeaches.com: "...The paper reports Quentin Tarantino and Yuen Wo-Ping have run into argument several times over how to handle the fight scenes. Tarantino is doing the fights scenes in his own way - a kind of "music video" style, i.e. fight moves must follow some sort of "music". Tarantino has "slaughtered" many moves designed by Yuen Wo-Ping and Yuen thought many moves designed by Tarantino were "ridiculous". Someone working inside told the paper that Tarantino was inexperienced in making martial-art movies and had under-estimated the complexity of big fight scenes. What have been made inside Beijing Film Studios are almost exclusively fight scenes. He said quite often, actors are "wired" to make the same shot over an over again. Miramax has tight control of any expense outside the budget and has asked Tarantino to delete some scenes several time. In the movie, The Bride is taking on a gang called "Crazy 88" and members of the gang are played by many Hong Kong stuntmen and wushu athletes hired from the mainland. Much of the fight scenes of Uma Thurman are done by two doubles, one male and one female. She only shows up for the close-up scenes. Even though, they have taken a double-day off twice for the last two weeks because Uma Thurman needed some break. Everyday, there are an ambulance, there doctors and one massage therapist are standing by, just in case anyone being injured on the set."
  • 2. The script is online at some guys place. Sources: monkeypeaches.com

Daryl Hannah in Kill Bill (Jan 21)

Daryl Hannah joins KILL BILL cast as an assassin. Daryl Hannah:"I've got to be in killer shape, doing karate, sword fighting and all kinds of things in Quentin's movie." Source: AICN