Miramax and The Kill Bill Franchise

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS!

Miramax has undoubtedly grown from humble beginnings, according to Alisa Perren’s Indie, Inc: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s. The company has shown powerhouse promise by rising through the ranks in the most unconventional ways compared to its Hollywood counterparts, and has given audiences continuous cinema successes that add to its extensive repertoire, which continues to grow in numbers of box office bangers under its belt.

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Among those films is a two-part franchise I hold near and dear to my heart. And I dedicate this post as a thank you to Miramax for giving me one of my favorites of all time. It is a story born from the creative genius that is 1 of my top three auteurs, Quentin Tarantino. Kill Bill vol. 1 and Kill Bill vol. 2 together grossed well over $300M worldwide. Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 2.28.48 PM Much with good reason, too. The storyline was epic, even riveting. The cinematography and soundtrack aided the plot so beautifully. The acting was skillfully done and the stunts were incredible. The film had the right amount of gore, that slightly-bearable yet highly exaggerated bloodshed.

The protagonist-antagonist plot development provided a vulnerability to Beatrix Kiddo, our sword-swinging she-ro with vengeance on her lips for an ex-lover who has broken her heart and done her completely wrong. The film follows her as she searches high and low, through the toughest of enemies and gang lords (including Lucy Liu from Charlie’s Angels and Vivica A. Fox from Independence Day) just to get to the film’s namesake, Bill, the antagonist. The story is the manifestation of the age-old phrase “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”

There was an infringement scandal surrounding Miramax and Pirate Bay, in which money was being demanded for the many torrent downloads made by PB users in numerous parts of the country. Many individuals were emailed with settlement demands in which $20 was requested to put this scandal behind them. Of course, in many cases, there were people who complied. However, a secret percentage of users did not abide by this threat and were protected by the notion of anonymity. It is theorized by some that the identities of those who have not obeyed the repayment demands were indeed handed to authorities to be dealt with at a later time.

No one can concretely confirm this, though.

Still, Kill Bill vol. 1 & 2 offer scenes that are worth your money. Including the image of O-Ren Ishii, played by Liu, with the top of her skull cleaned off by Kiddo’s Hattori Hanzō blade. Throughout the film, we see Tarantino’s signature cinematic style, including the comic book-esque reaction shots, cheeky catch phrases, and perfect blend of action and comedy. The image I mentioned is from the epic fight scene from vol. 1, when Kiddo takes out Ishii’s Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, and now Kiddo has Ishii all to herself. Watch below:

This scene is forever engrained into my mind as one of the best fights that happened during both movies. It happens in partial silence and partially to music, taking the audience on ride and highlighting the most important parts: the climax of the battle, and Beatrix Kiddo’s epic win.

That really was a Hattori Hanzō sword.

— O-Ren Ishii’s last words

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Sources:

Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s.: University of Texas Press, 2013. Print. Texas Film and Media Studies Series.

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