'Kill Bill' at 15: How the Bride's 'Survival Energy' is More Relevant Than Ever

Before it ends on a juicy cliffhanger, the film crescendos into a blood-geysering set piece where the Bride faces off with a band of assassins, the Crazy 88, led by the Lady-Snowblood-inspired O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu). It happens in a nightclub called the House of Blue Leaves. This location was inspired by a real Tokyo venue, where you can find a sign inside the door reading, “Welcome to the Kill Bill restaurant!” Behind a glass case, a framed photo of Tarantino’s visit to the restaurant sits proudly with a Kill Bill, Vol. 1 Blu-Ray. It’s a veritable Tarantino shrine.


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