Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Postmodernism in Kill Bill...

Kill Bill is strikingly postmodern in the sense that it deliberately plays with the audience's knowledge of its source material. Nearly everything in Kill Bill operates in part as homage to other films. Tarantino's casting is an example of postmodern intertextuality - a work's quoting, plagiarising, or alluding to other films or cultural artifacts - a phenomenon that abounds in postmodern cinema.

- The opening credit sequence and music evoke memories of Hong Kong's legendary Shaw Brother's films of the 1970s.

- Several actors were chosen in part because of their links to famous martial arts stories. Bill is played by David Carradine of Kung Fu television series fame - even Bill's flute in Kill Bill is the same instrument Carradine played as Caine in that series. Hatori Hanzo is blayed by Sonny Chiba who played several incarnations of that same character in the 1970s series Shadow Warriors/Kage No Gundan.

Other influences included:
- Japanese samurai films from the 1970s onwards, often used extreme blood effects.
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon helped inspire the wire-work fight scenes.

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