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Yuen Woo-Ping and Sonny Chiba to take part in Tarantino's KILL BILL!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... Quentin had told me that he was hoping to get Yuen Woo-Ping and Sonny Chiba on board KILL BILL and folks... Looks like that dream is coming true! Here's what Reuters had to say:

``I've written this character for Uma (Thurman), and they (Yuen and Chiba) are going to put her through training, where she will have to learn the kung fu animal styles,'' Tarantino said. ``And I'll also have Yuen and Sonny play parts in it.''


First up, Sonny Chiba will be playing the badass known as Hattori Hanzo. Hanzo is legendary in the KILL BILL universe for his skill and craftmanship with Samurai Swords. A Hanzo sword is amongst the most prized weapons in the entire world, and each is custom created for the hands and performance and skill of the owner. Hanzo also trains that owner to handle his blades.

This Real Mean Bastard has been kicking ass and ripping the testicles and intestines from his opponents since the early sixties. Sonny Chiba is quite frankly one of the coolest personas ever to grace the screen. His pure intensity... the fury that he commands in combat, the anger and rage demonstrated with every fiber of his being... INTENSE! In addition to playing Hanzo, Chiba will also be put in charge of choreographing the Samurai Sword battles... of which there are a few... hehehehehe!!!! For more on Sonny Chiba Click Here!!!

Then there is Yuen Woo-Ping, who is playing the mysterious 140 some-odd-year old Pei Mei, who could still whup the ass of any being on this planet or any other. He trains Uma Thurman's THE BRIDE in what could very well be one of the most cruel training sequences ever committed to paper... though, she does learn well. Currently, Yuen Woo-Ping is the most celebrated action choreographer in the world. However, before that... He was the sole property of us geeks that buy Imported Hong Kong Videos... That discovered his genius in SNAKE IN EAGLE'S SHADOW, TAI CHI MASTER, WING CHUN, IRON MONKEY and FIST OF LEGEND. THE MATRIX brought him to the attention of mainstream America, then CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON cemented that placement... HOWEVER, for the hardcore fans, we continue to argue about which of his pre-American films was his best. My favorite is SNAKE IN EAGLE'S SHADOW, but that's just because I have a particular fondness for animal styles of Kung Fu...

Now in both cases, these will be substantial parts. They will not be 'mere cameos' these are full blown integral parts... By far the most visible either has personally been in American film in quite some time, if ever.

This film is absolute intense emotionally as well as technical combat, and Quentin wants to minimize the use of wire-fu to nearly zero.

Click Here To Read My Report On The KILL BILL Script!!!

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  • Oct. 9, 2001, 3:38 a.m. CST


    by billybobhoyle

    This movie is getting weirder and weirder. But in a good way.

  • Oct. 9, 2001, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Good to see you're finally writing their names properly, Har

    by Cash Bailey

    But on the topic at hand: Goddamn this movie sounds like it'll rule. Off topic, MEMENTO came out on video in Australia today and I just finished watching it. Until LOTR comes out this is easily the best film of the year.

  • Oct. 9, 2001, 5:12 a.m. CST

    Sounds good

    by HedShotX

    This movie is starting to get very, very interesting... Does anyone know if it's true that Tarantino started talking s#it about Chow Yun Fat's part in Replacement Killers in Howard Stern?

  • Oct. 9, 2001, 6:46 a.m. CST

    This is gonna rule but I really wanna see Glorious Bastards!!

    by spiderblood1969

    Thats all I have to say.

  • Oct. 9, 2001, 8:09 a.m. CST

    I hardly can't wait

    by Buscemi 01

    Man, this film will be so much better than Pulp Fiction and From Dusk Till Dawn. I really can't wait. With this and Glorious Bastards he will outdo all of his previous films. Quentin IS a genius. Hope we will get some new on GB soon. I heard he has written a little part for Sly or Arnie. Those actors are not typical for Quentin but hey, he know what he does.

  • Oct. 9, 2001, 8:21 a.m. CST

    hey St. Buggering....

    by cameron fry

    what does it mean to give someone the Buddhist Plam? Is it like giving someone VD?

  • Oct. 9, 2001, 8:53 a.m. CST

    better than From Dusk Till Dawn?

    by Jor-El's son

    Of course it's better than From Dusk Till Dawn!! Why is anyone even comparing these two? Kill Bill is the fourth movie directed by Tarantino, a master in his own right. From Dusk Till Dawn was made by that no talent ass clown Rodriguez. Why don't you go make another Spy Kids movie you zilch.....I can't wait for Kill Bill. I'm sure it will be on the level with Reservior Dogs, Pulp Fiction & Jackie Brown.

  • Oct. 9, 2001, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Unleash the beast

    by northern monkey

    Just tell me, for the love of God, that Quentin T won`t be in the bloody film. Did n`t he take the hint that the fact that no one would give him a job before he became a director, means that he is a lousy fucking actor. His performance in Pulp Fiction was one of the worst I`ve ever seen. He makes Chevvy Chase look brooding and understated. Wanker!

  • Oct. 9, 2001, 10:07 a.m. CST

    I've no idea what this film is about

    by Peanut-M&M's

    But I don't care either, with Tarantino and these guys it will be cool.

  • Oct. 9, 2001, 10:59 a.m. CST

    This is cool as all hell, but the most recent photo I saw of Son

    by Capt FUBAR's in the little booklet that comes in the Jideki Sonny Chiba action figure I got while I was in Japan in August. This was the most recent picture I have seen (taken earlier this year). Can anyone confirm if this was just from some malady, or is the Street Fighter now unable to even walk? It would really be a shame if this was the case, but he would still be great in Kill Bill. I'm looking forward to seeing this!

  • Oct. 9, 2001, 12:15 p.m. CST


    by Wesley Snipes

    Yes, he was on Stern and he said CYF should "learn fucking English first" before he should try act with an actress as 'great' as Mira Sorvino. No class. But maybe that was during his alcoholic San Quentin phase.

  • Oct. 9, 2001, 1:26 p.m. CST

    All We Need Now is Jim Brown as the War Veteran/Bartender at the

    by WonTon Mercenary

    "I may not be righteous. I may not be forgiven. But I am pissed." Said in that bad ass motha fucka coldness that only Jim Brown can muster. HOLY SHIT!!! So we're going to have Blaxploitation filmmaking, Girlsploitation, Kung Fung (ANIMAL MARTIAL ARTS - YEAH!!!) and what else? A few good Vietnam flashbacks? At least one chase with a black 1974 Pontiac Firebird (with the Pheonix painted on the hood) flying off a cliff, only it's THE PARACHUTE RIGGING CAUGHT THE SIDE OF AN OLE' RUSTY WATER TOWER (okay, wouldn't be 70's B-movie action without Uma parachuting into the car - explaining the rigging that saves her life - and then you have to thrown into a Western/Desert Noir ghost town set piece - which would explain the rusty ole' water tower) ...even after the obligatory fight scene on the car, Uma climbs up and then using the veretabrae of a horse skeleton, she cuts the cord, plummeting her almost there assassin into the gorge - OH SO WE THINK!!! Uma goes into town for supplies or a way to get out, spots a mesa where she can use her high heel shoe/satellite phone BUT we see the assassin (clad in very tight leather) still clutching onto a BARE FACED CLIFF!!! Okay okay, that's my Kill Bill...but the coolest thing - and I can't believe no one has pointed this out - is that this whole idea spawned from Mia Wallace (Uma in Pulp) telling Vicent about her PILOT (what da fuck is a "PILOT"?). Yes yes, remember? It was called Fox Force Five!!! Is Tarantino going to bring back those characters? The sex-flaunting French Fem Fatale or say Mia's carnival trained knife master? YES!!! And for the ass who said to stop comparing this to "From Dusk Till Dawn"? This is more along the lines of FDTD because it is a surrealist take on exploitation and B-films, even more so than his other films. That film was one of the most wild and careening films in a long time and it was damn good. And R. Rodriguez is a GOD!!! Seen "El Mariachi"? I think not you HACK!!! The man is super talented and one look at that film or his short film "Bedhead" would cue a FUCKING RETARD into that. Any way, that script - co-written by QT by the way - was a comparison between the real world (first half of film) and the movie world (second half of film) and how monsters can exist in both - thus the three Cheeches. QT's character was a "real" vampire in that he couldn't suppress his lusts. The film was brilliant. Plus, it included the B-movie greats Fred Williamson (BLACK CAESER!!!) and Tony Salva (DAWN OF THE DEAD!!! - gotta love those shopping malls). This film is going to be the FILM GEEKS wet dream of the century. Dammit - thanks QT from the bottom of all our hearts...PRAISE THE CINEMA GODS...

  • Oct. 9, 2001, 2:13 p.m. CST

    QT. Keeping it real.

    by Smurfette

    Still at the top of his game.

  • Oct. 9, 2001, 2:41 p.m. CST

    WonTon Mercenary-

    by Jor-El's son

    You seemed to take it quite personally when I called Rodriguez a no talent ass clown. Perhaps you're carrying his love child. I did see El Mariachi. I saw it before Desperado came out and everyone started rubbing one out to him. And I liked it a lot. But I'm not gonna jerk the guy off cause he made one or even two watchable movies. He also made Roadracers, The Faculty and Spy Kids, with a sequel on the way. For these he should be embarrassed. So I apoligize for having offended you and your buddy Rodriguez, but I think he kinda sucks

  • Oct. 9, 2001, 6:54 p.m. CST

    "YOU MUST BE.... A NUMBER ONE MAN!!!!!!"

    by Insane Tiki

    Oh my fuckin God, I can't believe this... Sonny Chiba is so awesome! I have the entire Street Fighter series on DVD (letterboxed and uncut, of course), and they are some of the favorites of my collection. I know Tarantino was a huge Chiba fan, but it's about time he was used in a Tarantino movie!! Oh man, if done right, this could kick so much ass!!!! Long Live Sonny Chiba!!

  • Oct. 9, 2001, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Fucking good news, indeed

    by hktelemacher

    Sonny Chiba! Damn, if this isn't the coolest thing I've heard in a while. The Kill Bill buzz just keeps fucking snowballing. Why did Uma Thurman have to get pregnant? I want to see this ASAP. It seems like the four/five year wait for a new Tarantino is going to be worth it, but he really knows how to make the fanboys foam at the mouth in anticipation. I never thought he would make a successful "come back picture" but if it's as good as it sounds ... just fucking wow! I like to consider myself a more intellectual film geek but I feel like I'm 13 again. QT is throwing everything into this one. If he's putting Chiba in, why not Takakura Ken as well? I know he's seventy, but he can probably still wield a mean sword. Kill Bill is just going to be the biggest and baddest cluster fuck of a film in years - and that's a good thing.

  • Oct. 9, 2001, 8:41 p.m. CST


    by NotchJohnson

    This film isn't complete. What about Joel Grey, reprising "Chun" from REMO WILLIAMS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS. That's probably the biggest guilty pleasure, and still the film I identify Fred Ward from. "You move like a pregnant yak." "You are not here to sightsee." "From now on, you will eat rice." "Know why they call it fast food? Because it speeds you on the way to the grave....(weird laugh)". The guy could move fast, dodge bullets, and he could paralyze people with one finger (two fingers?) long before "Crouching Tiger" folks were doing it. Oh, I could go on all night with memorable zingers. How about the cool black dude, who said "He said you smell like hamburgers." The Oatmeal Guy played some old guy (big surprise), and there was just cool line and cool scene, one after the other. Let's bring "Chun" to this film...seriously. Notch Johnson here, saying 'ride the big one."

  • Oct. 9, 2001, 8:44 p.m. CST

    sonny's wheelchair...

    by jimmymcwicked

    in regards to the question about sonny in a wheelchair, it is probably a photo from the movie 'born to be king'. his character is in a wheelchair for part of it. it's the sixth installment in the 'young & dangerous' series (not including the spin-offs. check 'em out!

  • Oct. 9, 2001, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Yagyu Jubei

    by PowerUnko

    Chiba's known in the US for Street Fighter (resuerrected by Tarantino) but Chiba's baddest shit was his late 70's early 80's ninja TV, and feature films like 'Yagyu Conspiracy' and 'Hattori Hanzo' , many of which were directed by Fukusaku (Battle Royale). Maybe the renewed interest will cause someone to put these out on DVD. From what I understand Chiba's been somewhat forgotten even in Japan. A case of Suntory for Quinten.

  • Oct. 10, 2001, 12:39 a.m. CST


    by chf.brodie bruce

    Does anyone know if there is a script floating around and where I could possibly see it?

  • Oct. 10, 2001, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Chiba shmiba.

    by Abyss

    Tomasaburo Wakayama could have taken Chiba with one sword tied behind his back.

  • Oct. 10, 2001, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Thanks Wesley

    by HedShotX

    Thanks for clearing that Quentin just dropped to shit in my book...and i actually liked him... A loser telling Chow to learn english and..."great" Mira Sorvino? ok...

  • Oct. 10, 2001, 8:11 a.m. CST


    by HO-MASTER

    So Chow needs to learn how to speak english, well maybe Quint should go with him and learn to direct ORIGINAL FUCKIN MOVIES. Shit is there no film he doesn't steal ideas from, and don't say,but they are tributes to B-Movies, bullshit Tarantino is a lazy ass director who knows most of his FOLLOWERS (and i mean that in the sycophantical way most of you lick his ass) haven't seen the movies he rips off because they are usaually Eastern or European films. And why Uma Thurman (oh yes she was crap in Pulp Fiction so bring her back for more crap)have any of you seen Gattaca? I rest my case. Oh and WonTon Mercenary is it not Tom Savini in From Dusk till Dawn (who in the blue hell is Tony Salvo from Dawn of the Dead).

  • Oct. 10, 2001, 7:36 p.m. CST

    "So I am to DIE because I know who it is that controls the Yakuz

    by Southern Crane

    Great news.

  • Nov. 23, 2001, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Ohhhh wow

    by qazwsx

    222 pages, QT and Sonny Chiba do not make a good movie. I can't even watch any of his films anymore because the pop culture references drive me insane. This is the first original thing he's written since what, Dusk Til Dawn, and that was 7 years ago, at least. What the hell took him so long? Screw him.