The Kill Bill Binge

by IMDb-Editors | created - 12 Sep 2014 | updated - 12 Sep 2014 | Public

Here's a challenge: Before watching Quentin Tarantino's epics Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Kill Bill: Vol. 2, view as many of the the films and TV episodes that influenced the filmmaker's creation as you can. Here's a list to get you started, but it is by no means comprehensive. Please note: Nearly all of these titles are only available on DVD, so this binge will take a bit of prepping on your part. Good luck, and remember the advice of Hattori Hanzo:

"For those regarded as binge-viewers, when engaged in binging, the finishing of thine films and shows can be your only concern. Suppress all human emotion and compassion. Hang up on whoever calls or gets in thy way, even if that be Lord God or Buddha himself. This truth lies at the heart of the art of binging."

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1. Game of Death (1978)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

36 Metascore

A martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him.

Directors: Robert Clouse, Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee, Gig Young, Dean Jagger, Hugh O'Brian

Votes: 15,535 | Gross: $10.00M

The tracksuit that The Bride wore during her showdown with O-Ren Ishii is modeled on the one worn by Bruce Lee in his final film. The fight sequence was influenced in part by Lee's action scenes in Fists of Fury.

2. Lady Snowblood (1973)

Not Rated | 97 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge.

Director: Toshiya Fujita | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Masaaki Daimon, Miyoko Akaza

Votes: 10,951

This film is said to serve as the template for the structure of the Kill Bill storyline.

3. Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973)

R | 104 min | Action, Thriller

A young woman, muted after a sexual assault as a child, is trained to seek violent revenge on those who have wronged her after being kidnapped and forced to work as a prostitute.

Director: Bo Arne Vibenius | Stars: Christina Lindberg, Heinz Hopf, Despina Tomazani, Per-Axel Arosenius

Votes: 6,355

Another film that influenced the story's creation.

4. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

R | 178 min | Western

90 Metascore

A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Votes: 637,755 | Gross: $6.10M

The opening scene with The Bride mimics a scene from this film. Tarantino also borrowed music from Ennio Morricone in several places, including a bar or two from this film's soundtrack.

Another stylistic lift: The Death List was taken from A Professional Gun.

5. Wu Tang vs. Ninja (1987)

88 min | Action, Fantasy

Abbot Withe of the Wu Tang clan has teamed up with the Ninjas in order to destroy Shaolin this making him the most powerful fighter in the Martial world.

Director: Kuo-Ren Wu | Stars: Alexander Rei Lo, Kuan-Wu Lung, William Yen, Chiang Wang

Votes: 232

The Bride's Master Pai Mei is a figure based on Bak Mei, one of the legendary Five Elders who, according to some tales, betrayed the Shaolin. He appears as an adversary in a number of films besides this one, including The Shaolin Avengers, Clan of the White Lotus, and a personal favorite, Executioners from Shaolin.

6. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

R | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A man studies kung fu at the Shaolin Temple to fight back against the oppressive Manchu government.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu, Norman Chu

Votes: 13,311

Prior to appearing in Kill Bill, first in a black mask, then underneath a lot of white hair, Chia-Hui Liu was best known for his work on this film.

Like Pai Mei, the character of Hattori Hanzo has appeared in a number of works and is based on a legendary 16th century samurai. The version Tarantino references is taken from this series; indeed, the film's Hattori Hanzo is supposed to be one of the descendents portrayed in "Shadow Warriors" and subsequent, related series.

8. Twisted Nerve (1968)

M | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

Martin is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can't wait to see the back of him, and a brother with Down's Syndrome shut away in ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett, Billie Whitelaw, Phyllis Calvert

Votes: 1,662

The theme song is the same creepy song that Elle Driver whistled when she entered the hospital to kill The Bride while she was comatose.

9. The Searchers (1956)

Passed | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

94 Metascore

An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond

Votes: 74,403

A number of camera shots were borrowed from scenes in this film.

10. Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! (1967)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror, Western

Various factions, including a half-breed bandit, a gang of homosexual cowboys and a priest, feud over stolen gold in a surreal town.

Director: Giulio Questi | Stars: Tomas Milian, Marilù Tolo, Piero Lulli, Milo Quesada

Votes: 2,104

This is said to be the film that lead to the idea of The Bride being buried alive.

11. Kung Fu (1972–1975)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

The adventures of a Shaolin Monk as he wanders the American West armed only with his skill in Kung Fu.

Stars: David Carradine, Radames Pera, Keye Luke, Philip Ahn

Votes: 4,789

Before Bill was Bill, he was Kwai Chang Caine. And he was still "the man".

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