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Lawrence Bender Helps Unleash Kill Bill Vol. 1

Quentin Tarantino owes much of his success to Lawrence Bender. As the producer or executive producer, Bender helped Tarantino realize his vision for several hit movies. Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown are three films that can be called combination Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender movies. Of all their works, the Kill Bill films may be the most popular. The unforgettable action sequences of Kill Bill Vol. 1 certainly helped that film become a hit.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 can’t be called a surprise or unexpected hit. The trailers for the film presented Umma Thurman in an awesome role amidst equally-awesome fight scenes. Despite opening the same weekend as The Punisher, Kill Bill Vol. 1 did exceptionally well at the box office and proved to be a global hit. It is one of the top-grossing films on the list of Lawrence Bender movies.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 definitely stood out as unique from the scores of other action films made at the time. The film, however, isn’t as completely original as people think. Serious fans of martial arts cinema know about the inspiration for the film.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 borrows heavily from a classic Japanese martial arts film titled Lady Snowblood. In fact, the title theme song to Lady Snowblood finds its way to the soundtrack. Kill Bill Vol. 1 isn’t a rip-off of Lady Snowblood, but several homages to the classic 1972 film do find their way into the screenplay. The end result is an exciting mix of classic martial arts cinema with the modern action genre.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 might not be the final films featuring Thurman’s character of The Bride. Lawrence Bender’s impressive IMDB bio shows Kill Bill Vol. 3 as being in development.

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