Critical Perspectives: Kill Bill and Post Modernism

Fig 1. Kill Bill poster (2003)

Kill Bill (2003) was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, is a film based on Uma Thurmans character (The Bride) and how she seeks revenge on the people that killed her family and almost her. The film has managed to fit together different types of styles, to create this one of a kind film. We can see already from the plot that it is simplistic, which gives us an idea that it could be post-modern.

When looking at how the film is a good post modern example, is because of the amount of inter-textual reference. Tarantino includes aspects from many different genres including, Japanese Cinema, horror, action, and also references to his other films. 
Tarantino's main inspiration for the film was Lady Snowblood (1973) and copies a lot of shots from the film. As well as Japanese Films, Tarantino also uses aspects from Western films as he does also in some of his other films like Inglorious Bastards (2009).

Fig 2. Lady Snowblood (1973) and Kill Bill (2003)

The animated scene is a interesting scene and could be considered post- modern, due to it not being a regular convention used when characters are being introduced. With the style of Anime that it is, its very graphic with the violence and amount of blood in the scene, this could also be thought as hyper-real.

Another good scene to look at in terms of post-modernism is the black and white fight scene. Tarantino could of used the black and white fight scene to pay homage to the 70's and 80's Kung Fu films and television shows, which he enjoyed. Black and white, also red and black, where used to conceal the shedding of blood from the censors. 

Thinking back and going over the aspects in my mind of this film, in reality it shouldn't fit and go together. But when watching it, its just a films that somehow fits perfectly. With its use of different genres and music with in the film. But is it a post-modern masterpiece?  

Some other usefull reading that highlight the uses of post-modernism in Tarantino's other films.


Figure 1. Kill Bill poster (2003) [Film Poster] At: (Accessed on 04.10.16)

Figure 2. Lady Snowblood (1973) and Kill Bill (2003) [Film Stills] At: (Accessed on 04.10.16)


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