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Volume 10, Number 8
11 November 2003

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“Revenge is never a straight line. It’s a forest. And like a forest; it is easy to lose your way, to get lost, and to forget where you came in.” These sentences are cited from the fourth movie from Quentin Tarantino that he also directed. Now, it becomes quite obvious that this time we are talking about “Kill Bill-Volume 1”, which is supposed to debut in Turkey soon.
This USA made movie is based on a woman’s revenge as the citation supports above. The cast includes, Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Lucy Liu, Darly Hannah, Micheal Madsen and Vivica A. Fox. In this movie, Tarantino again surprises the audience by following a different avenue to present the scenario. The movie is divided into numerous chapters and in each chapter a different story (still being connected to the main issue) is being expressed in a unique way. Such as, the first chapter starts with a fighting scene among two women who seem to know each other. Whereas, in the second chapter there is a flashback in order to let the audience understand what is going on. The following chapters also support the main issue by cause-effect relationships and give more information about the scenario’s development.
The film is strongly affected by the Asian fighting arts. The film certainly includes a lot of violence, fighting and blood but Tarantino expressed those scenes with different choices of music that diminished the violence of the fights and showed the scene as if it is an artistic performance. For instance, there is an exciting fighting scene between Lucy Liu and Uma Thurman, and using Spanish music in that scene, makes the struggle more visual in an artistic way rather than a normal, shuddering fight scene. The first thing that comes to mind is not how fierce that fighting is but rather: “Wow”. Moreover, in one of the chapters the subject is expressed through mind-blowing animation, which makes the movie more appealing. I believe that the animated part is an interesting approach to the film. This is something cool and doesn’t bother you. Moreover, although there are bloody fighting scenes in the animation segment, it seems less uncomfortable than real acting.
As a whole, I liked the movie a lot (mostly the representation of the scenario and the acting) and I am looking forward to watching the second volume since volume 1 leaves you hanging and makes you wonder what’s next. I strongly recommend that everyone take time out of their busy campus schedule and watch this movie.

Atilla Karakurum (IE/III)

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