I came across this essay today:
A great effort by comparing scenes,pics,and characters with films that KILL BILL was influenced by, but towards the end of this essay, the author seems to lose the point.
To me, it sounds like he thinks that KILL BILL is the “Be All, End All” on the West’s take on Asian cinema. Nitpicking at how the essence is ruined in certain moments of the film. But as we all should know, KILL BILL is a conglomerate of genres that Tarantino cooked up in his mind. For instance, Giulio Petroni’s
Da uomo a uomo ( Death Rides A Horse) has as much in common with KILL BILL as Lady Snowblood does. Add to the fact that the music cues that are heard in KILL BILL are derived from Spaghetti Westerns. Yet there’s no mention of that genre at all in this essay.
And another problem I had with this was the author’s view of the “American white person” who continues to exemplify white dominance in film and in life. Jesus. Since the author includes
Ms. 45 in this essay, I would assume that he would be familiar with other similar movies like Hannie Caulder,They Call Her One-Eye, and Gator Bait as well. But as Joe Bob Briggs brilliantly says in his audio commentary for I Spit On Your Grave, “ It’s a REVENGE movie”. You have to make the original crime so bad that (Regardless of race) you have no objection to see the victim punish everyone else guilty of that crime.
At least, the author got it right by saying how The Bride becomes the ultimate warrior by recieving the greatest katana ever made and by wearing the famous track suit that Bruce Lee wore. And if you combine those 2 factors, you’ll get the ULTIMATE ASSKICKER! Therefore, you’re in for a fun ride!Unfortunately, all the fun that was originally intended in this film goes over this author’s head.
Again, I do applaud the effort on this review. But if only this guy was more familiar with Grindhouse pictures (Judging from the site where this essay is taken from, It seems that he only writes for Asian-related material) then maybe he could see things a little differently.