Kill Bill Volume 1
Director: Quentin Tarantino Year: 2003
The first half of Tarantino's kung-fu Uma two-parter was a sensory overload of the highest caliber. From the Pussy Wagon to the Crazy 88's, Kill Part Vol. 1 separates itself from the pack with its delirious energy, aided in no small part by its soundtrack. The dry, arid singularity of The Bride's mission is something to suffer through, droughts and dry lawns for the silver screen.
RZA and Tarantino worked together to create the film's sound, creating a score laden with kung-fu samples, film dialogue, more doo-wop—even an original RZA beat. It seems to have gone pretty well, at least according to RZA: "It was more of a collaboration. He had an idea and a vision when he wrote the script. I think I was more of somebody that kept it in the guidelines of what he wanted. He was like, here go the eggs, the milk, the cake, the sugar, everything, and I’m going to stir it up. Put this in the oven, watch it, take it out in forty-five minutes. Now, am I going to take it out in forty five minutes or am I going to fall asleep? I made sure it got out and if I saw something wrong with it, I fixed it. So when he saw it, he was like, this is cake."
The film's cartoonish violence is a more bittersweet representation of summer. As we've seen year after year, heat shortens tempers and if you're Quentin Tarantino that means spilling a lot of blood. That harshness comes through the soundtrack throughout the film and across the sonic spectrum, alternately comic and dramatic.