TM: How about Dead and Buried (Gary Sherman, 1981, USA)?
QT: Ok, yeah. I’ve seen Dead and Buried. So what’s the connection?
TM: Daryl Hannah disguises herself as a nurse and tries to kill the Bride in a coma with a syringe.
OT: Oh! Yes! Lisa Blount! The girl from An Officer and a Gentleman! Yeah, exactly. Actually, to tell you the truth, there’s another movie that I kind of got that idea a little bit more from. And that’s John Frankenheimer’s Black Sunday (1977, US). There’s a scene where Marthe Keller goes into the hospital and disguises herself as a nurse and she’s going to kill Robert Shaw with a poisoned syringe.
TM: The character of Daryl Hannah is based on They Call Her One Eye (AKA Thriller, Bo Arne Vibenius, 1974,Sweden)?
QT: Oh, definitely! I love Christina Lindberg. And that’s definitely who Daryl Hannah’s character is based on. In the next movie, she’s wearing mostly black. Just like They Call Her One Eye, she’s got some color co-coordinated eye patches. And that is, of all the revenge movies I’ve ever seen, that is definitely the roughest. The roughest revenge movie ever made! There’s never been anything as tough as that movie.
TM: It was supposed to be a porno.
QT: Well, it has those insert shots in there. I remember showing Uma the trailer to They Call Her One Eye, and she said, “Quentin, I love that trailerÃ¢â‚¬Â¦but I don’t know if I can watch that movie! I’m actually scared to watch it. It looks too tough.” I showed Daryl the movie. I gave her the video tape. She watched it without subtitles, just in Swedish. And she said, “Quentin! You had me watch a porno!” I said, “yeah, but a good porno!” She’d never had a director give her a porno movie to watch as homework!
TM: How about Master Killer (AKA 36 Chambers of Shaolin, Chia-Liang Liu, 1978, Hong Kong)?
QT: I’m a huge fan of Master Killer and of Gordon Liu in particular. He’s fantastic. He doesn’t look any goddamn different today then he did back then. And it’s just so cool to see both him and Sonny Chiba in the same film together. They are every bit the superstars. Living legends. As I am framing shots, I’m thinking “I can’t believe Gordon Liu is in my movie! I can’t believe it.” And to have been so influenced by seventies kung fu films and to have, as far as I’m concerned, my three favorite stars of kung fu from three different countries … Gordon Liu representing Hong Kong. Sonny Chiba representing Japan. And David Carradin representing America. That’s a triple header. A triple crown. If Bruce Lee was still alive, he’d be in it. If Fu Sheng was still alive, he could be in it too.
TM: So will David Carradine play a flute in the sequel?
QT: Oh yeah! He does! You saw that in the trailer, right? And it’s actually Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Silent Flute". It’s a flute he made, he carved it out of bamboo. And that is the silent flute from the movie Silent Flute (AKA Circle of Iron, Richard Moore, 1979, US). You’ve got a great thing with David because Bill really is a mix of Asiatic influences and genuine American Western influences.
TM: Not only was he on Kung Fu, but he was also one of The Long Riders (Walter Hill, 1980, USA).
QT: Yeah, and who else are you going to get to do that?
TM: How did you get the rights to use the music cue from Master of the Flying Guillotine (Jimmy Wang Yu, 1975, Hong Kong)?
QT: We bought the rights to it. First, we had to find out what it was (Super 16 by German group Neu!). Once we tracked it down, we went to them and just commissioned it and they gave it to us. That little bit of music is even on the Kill Bill soundtrack album. (imitating music) “Doing! Doing! Doing!”