An assassin wakes up from a four year coma hellbent
on taking her revenge on everyone who tried to kill her.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Julie Dreyfus, Sonny Chiba, Chiaki Kuriyama, Daryl Hannah, Gordon Liu, David Carradine
It's safe to say that Kill Bill is Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece and the culmination of everything his films from Reservoir Dogs to Jackie Brown were trying to accomplish. With this first installment, which sees a nameless assassin (Uma Thurman) pursue a Japanese mob lord (Lucy Liu) in a ruthless quest for revenge, Tarantino succeeds in creating one of the most badass female characters of all time and starts an epic double feature that shows off every one of his talents, from hardcore action to dramatic storytelling.
The first part is better than the second part by a lot, mostly because of this film's considerable amount of action. Hell, the entire climax where the Bride cuts down the Crazy 88's one by one is easily one of the best fight sequences of the decade. In this film, we learn very little about the enigmatic Bill (David Carradine), but we learn everything about one of his cohorts, O-Ren Ishii, who is the main villain of part one. We learn about her rise to Triad gang leader via a beautifully drawn anime sequence, which pretty much captures the tone of the film quite perfectly.
This wouldn't be a Tarantino film without an awesome soundtrack, which (along with nearly everything else) is borrowed from 70's martial arts flicks, which heavily inspired this vengeance epic. I've loved this film for years, as it was my introduction to his work and every film of his that I saw afterward was compared to it. It's quite impossible not to find something to like about Kill Bill: Vol. 1. I guarantee it.