The lesser of two halves, it lacks the sophistication and relies heavily on spectacle. There are fantastic scenes/moments in it, no doubt. But as an entire film it doesn't really work without the second part. Rings slightly hollow in my ears as the credit rolls. But I love, love, love, the anime sequence.
From one of the most distinctive directors of the modern day. This will always be a favorite of mine; it's the movie that made me want to make movies. This bloody revenge flick takes cues from multiple genres and blends them together to make an experience that doesn't disappoint for a minute. Not to mention The Bride is one of the most badass female protagonists of all time.
Hadn't watched this since its release, glad MUBI decided to feature it. The composition, the dialogue, the music, all fall in line to create a full sensory experience. My only criticism is in Hattori Hanzo's accent, tone and word choice – no Japanese Sempai (or shop owner, host, etc) would use such "American" English. It's far too casual / not the kind of language you would pick up when dealing with Americans.
You can keep any calls of humdrum or vapid for Vol 2 and Rodriguez films - this is a spine-shredding manga in motion dressed up in revenge and saloon spitshine. I have long adored this film from the VHS days purely because of how frenetic and cartoonish it is, aspects that play into the Japanese art culture of the last century. A kickass female-led cast, oodles of iconic moments, THE FINALE ONSLAUGHT... it's a riot.