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Casting Correction on KILL BILL -- Plus Images From The House Of Blue Leaves!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... Over a week ago we ran a story from TigerGirl Of The East from the set of KILL BILL. The story told us what had been going on around the set of KILL BILL and gave us some extra names of actors playing characters in Quentin's latest film. Well turns out one of them was wrong. Aki Maeda (from BATTLE ROYALE and GAMARA flicks) will not be playing Go Go Yubari in the House of Blue Leaves scene. Now, when TigerGirl said that name, I instantly told some friends of mine that the bad ass girl from BATTLE ROYALE was going to be Go Go Yubari, then I went and looked her up and discovered that Aki Maeda was the oh so sweet girl that Beat Takeshi had a crush on in the movie. WELLLLLLL.... Turns out ol Quentin was reading the report and sent me a message to correct that casting bit... Turns out that Chiaki Kuriyama (who played Chigusa in BATTLE ROYALE) will be playing Go Go Yubari!

Chiaki was one of the badass girls in BATTLE ROYALE, she's the one that stares down the would be rapist with the crossbow in BATTLE ROYALE.

The one that takes an arrow to the face!

The one that gets really angry about it!

The one that pulls out the switchblade and makes the bastard pay!

This is very good news as Go Go Yubari is supposed to have a bit of an evil look to her youthful innocence, and Chiaki definitely has that in spades! Meanwhile, The 5,6,7,8's Message Board posted some images from the set of KILL BILL and the House Of Blue Leaves sequence! Including a look at a pair of the CRAZY 88s with their Kato masks on and everything! And that shot of Quentin... Well he looks about as happy as I've ever seen him. Damn that has to be one helluva fun set! Click above for more images - I've included the best pics below...

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  • July 7, 2002, 12:47 p.m. CST


    by Shabba McDoo

    Tarrantino looks drunk in that last pic, though...

  • July 7, 2002, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Wait, scratch that...

    by Shabba McDoo

    Roberto Benigni looks drunk in that last pic.

  • July 7, 2002, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Yikes, Quentin looks pretty loopy in that shot

    by SilenceofFreedom

    That crazy smile he's got really creeps me out. Speaking of "Cronos", it was on last night at 3:15 am. I tried to tape it, but the damn tape ran out halfway through. Ah well, what can you do. "Body Bags" was on last night too, but I couldn't find the channel it was on. It's a cool flick. My tie in to those films and QT is that "body bags" is horror, as is "cronos" (arguably), which is directed by guillermo del toro, who is of the same nationality of robert rodriguez, who made "from dusk till dawn" with QT. Chrsit, this is pointless.

  • July 7, 2002, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Tarantino? I could swear that's Art Garfunkel...

    by Nihilon

    i've got one word for QT: ROGAINE.

  • July 7, 2002, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Could This Be Q.T.'s BEST Movie Yet.


    Umm,maybe.It all sounds pretty fucking cool so far.The world needs more quality full-on entertainment-for-entertainment sake films.When is this supposed to come out?

  • July 7, 2002, 1:20 p.m. CST

    I ain' drunk, Oshifer. I'm a Trash Posh-Moder-Nisht (Hic

    by heywood jablomie

    I take da art...(hic!) art film an' micsh it wit da...sheventies TRASH movie an''....I make dish, wait, Oshifer, don' write me a ticket. I could intradoosh ya ta....Thooma Urman. C'mon, pally! Whaddaya shay?

  • July 7, 2002, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Do ya think Quentin's "doing" the band?

    by JAGUART

    This film looks like its gonna have some good, cutting edge stuff. I wonder if CGI can make Carradine into a suave sex machine?

  • July 7, 2002, 1:37 p.m. CST


    by BurlIvesLeftNut

    For the rest of my life I will never forget this topic! Seeing the play by play has me rolling and reminded me of how much I fucking LOVED Battle Royale!

  • July 7, 2002, 1:38 p.m. CST


    by Adus

    When I first heard about this movie my initial reaction was "I have no interest in this whatsoever." And everything I've read afterwards has only served to strengthen that feeling. This promises to be even more overdone then "Pulp Fiction" if such a thing is possible. Now don't get me wrong, I think QT has a lot of talent but he apparently has does not grasp the notion of less is more and overloaded "Pulp Fiction" (a movie that had a lot of good qualities mind you) with a "hip factor" that was suffocating. That's why I think "Jackie Brown" was a much better movie, because he demonstrated restraint. And now here comes with "KIll Bill" which seems to be relentlessly over-the-top and I'm going to give this one a pass.

  • July 7, 2002, 1:42 p.m. CST

    damn..i was hoping for a different casting correction..

    by fried samurai

    .like Quentin giving up the part of playing the old kung fu master and giving it to a real martial artist.oh well still sound cool though.

  • July 7, 2002, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by TarantinoWebsite

    Kill Bill is gonna be so great. Can't say more, it's gonna be just great. check out the KILL BILL Forum at

  • July 7, 2002, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Still not the best BR chick

    by BAF

    If you want a *really* evil bitch (and lets face it, who doesn't?) it can only be Shibasaki Kou!

  • July 7, 2002, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Hmm...Black Tights Killers?

    by ThePoleOfJustice

    If anyone's a fan of the kind of go-go nutzoid thingy that these pictures illustrate (and who isn't?) I STRONGLY recommend hunting down a copy of "Black Tights Killers," easily THE greatest hot-Japanese-chick-beating-the-shit-out-of-loads-of-guys-with-their-tongues-firmly-in-cheeks film ever made. Any flick that has a teenage Japanese schoolgirl throwing 45 records like Ninja throwing stars, and another trapping a man Cleopatra grip has my vote. Quentin SURELY must be aware of this flick, and it wouldn't suprise me if he adopts parts of its insane plot into KB, the same way he snagged bits of "Bob Le Flambeur" for "Reservoir Dogs." And to the above poster who wonders about Quentin's "doing" of the 5678s, well, they ARE pretty damn hot (especially the bass player. I was worried about covering her in drool when I saw 'em.) OK, this male chauvanist pig message has been brought to you by ThePoleOfJustice...out.

  • July 7, 2002, 2:55 p.m. CST


    by TarantinoWebsite

    hi there. this goes out to all the people who think kill bill won't kick ass. i think kill bill won't be everybody's cup of tea of course. but that's not what kill bill is meant to be. i read the script and now it is even clear to me: kill bill is the greatest hommage to all exploitation and samurai movies. because every single word and line from kill bill is a reference to another great - to most people unknown - movie. and that's why kill bill is gonna be so great. Kill Bill is gonna be hilarious. Let's wait for it. After it you can judge, but I think it's far too early to say "i will pass on that one". Of course people might say, "well it's far too early to tell it's gonna rule". but i tell you this: after reading the script, and getting to know lots of facts and stuff about the shooting and all. the news about who's gonna participate in producing it, my prediction is: IT'S GONNA KICK ASS sebastian

  • July 7, 2002, 3:38 p.m. CST

    QT's Appearance

    by DarkAngelCher

    QT looks like he's HIV pos.

  • July 7, 2002, 4:01 p.m. CST


    by smokinyoda

    OK everyone, I'm looking for the title of one of the coolest damn Martial Arts movies I've seen. It was made over seas a few years ago and it has amazingly badass fight scenes. At the end of the movie, it is a duel between 2 masters,1 from Japan, the other from China. They battle with swords on a cliff next to the ocean. They jump to amazing hieghts by bouncing off of their swords. At the end, the Japanese warrior dies, but before he does, he stabs his sword through his foot so he dies standing, facing Japan. The movie pits Shaolin monks versus Japanese Ninjas. It has the word Death in the title. WHAT IS THE NAME OF THIS MOVIE? please tell me. I'm dying to know. I just saw a clip of it in the Bruce Lee AMC documentary, so thats what made me think of it.

  • July 7, 2002, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by FUZZCO66

    These girls are great. Really nice too. A friend is married to a girl who knew them in Japan. I hope they become the flavor of the month, like Pulp Fiction did for "Jungle Boogie" and "Busting Surfboards". I hope they do their song "Bond Girl" in the movie. Oh, and the movie looks good too. (OT: The new blonde chick on Relic Hunter is hotter than asphalt on the Fourth of July).

  • July 7, 2002, 4:16 p.m. CST

    RE: Geek Trivia

    by Folken

    The movie your talking about is called Duel to the Death

  • July 7, 2002, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Gee, I didn't know Quentin Terentino was dying of AIDS?! Oh

    by chuckrussel

    'nuff said

  • July 7, 2002, 5:37 p.m. CST


    by Det. John Kimble

    damn. well, I guess he can pull off playing a bald old Chinese man... maybe.

  • July 7, 2002, 6:36 p.m. CST

    It will be funny if.,..

    by Ciller

    This movie ends up totally sucking after all of Harry's wad blowing over the movie. What would be more funny though.. everyone knows it sucks but Harry insists it is the best thing since Star Wars or that he hates it and just wont talk about it. Either way, I would laugh.

  • July 7, 2002, 11:35 p.m. CST

    They hired the one plain-looking girl from a cast otherwise fill

    by Wesley Snipes

    .. That figures. BTW, those costumes and sets look pretty freaky. Very 60s/70s trashy styles. Hopefully they will look cool on film.

  • July 8, 2002, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Anybody who goes to Battle Royale for casting possibilities...

    by St.Buggering

    ...has my vote. I'm looking forward to this film something fierce. I'm also looking forward to getting decent DVD's of his previous films. Or ANY DVD's, in the case of Jackie Brown. What's the holdup there?

  • July 8, 2002, 2:26 a.m. CST


    by jackburtonlives

    and i'm talking to whoever's listening. okay, if we believe harry, this film will be the best thing since sliced bread. i personally think it will be up there with KILL AND KILL AGAIN and will appeal to the same audience. did anyone see that gem? the martial arts flick that featured a ninja charles manson-like cult that had developed a miraculous rocket fuel from potatos (you read that right). the by-product was a powerful mind-control drug that the cult uses to take over a small town and immediately puts the entire adult population into robo-karate training, robotically executing fiercesome blocks and wooden telegraphed stepping karate shutos. hilarious. steve james and a small band of martial artists take on the whole town. the whole film goes by without a HINT OF SARCASM or SELF-DEPRECATION. it is classic. i think KILL BILL will be up there with it. the gifted pop-savant tarantino and the master sage carradine will spawn this baby in jam sessions not seen since ishtar. THIS BABY IS MEANT FOR GREATNESS.

  • July 8, 2002, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Those guitars make those chicks look about three foot tall

    by Chaffro

    Let's face it, no-one's going to see Kill Bill for the hot looking lay-deez. Not with that bunch of mingers. Looks like a remake of Josie & The Pussycats.

  • July 8, 2002, 5:20 a.m. CST

    todos los gatos son negros

    by MiguelAlvarez

    Too many reports about this film, man! I don&#39;t mean I don&#39;t wanna see it, far from. What I&#39;m saying, do you guys have to write reports on any crappy little detail you can get your hands on? Ya gotta &#39;know&#39; everything before the flicks even finished: when you finally see the thing you won&#39; be suprised by a fuckin thing, now wont that be cool?? I don&#39;t even know why I&#39;M bothering to comment on this news, which is no news at all...must be some goddamn QT bug goin round. On another note, only one thing I really don&#39;t like about this pic -and Tarantino. &#39;Whats up with that, you dont look like no Jap&#39; "neither does he, he&#39;s Chinese"...Sooo why the FUCK is the hot & talented Lucy Liu playing a God-damn Yakuza - or whatever the fuck she&#39;s meant to be? Assuming you &#39;great-reporters&#39; got the cast info right! Guess I&#39;m the only person pissed off with that. I mean, QT is so geeky & in Love with all things Oriental: he&#39;s apparently got all these Japanese singers & actors along for the Show inc.Chiba, but he then has to go and cast a Chinese woman as a Japanese? Come on asshole! What are you a fuckin hypocrite? Is he out of his fuckin mind, does he think &#39;aw, they all look alike?&#39; or is he kowtowing to studio crap: thou must use a Known name to satisfy thick Americanos &#39;I wanna see tham thar stars, whar thay ayt?&#39; Maaan. All cats look black in the dark, man. I guess bighead Honcho takes it lit. And til the lights come on in that theatre, I aint gonna start clapping yet - unlike some: what are ya (I&#39;m talkin to certain fanboys here) some kinda monkey, sittin in a dark theatre clapping your asses off at a blank fuckin screen. Show hasn&#39;t even started yet folks, shut the fuck up & sit down. <Later for Tarantino>

  • July 8, 2002, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Oh, and the Jackie Brown DVD...

    by Chaffro

    ...has just come out as a Special Edition. You can get it on DC-DVD&#39;s site.

  • July 8, 2002, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Quentin Tarantino owns your collective fanboy ass

    by FD Resurrected

    DAMN, you guys are so funny commenting that QT Tarantino is dying of AIDS. My exact thought when I saw QT thumbing up to the camera as he appears weak and dyin&#39; like a living dead fucker with squinting eyes. I haven&#39;t seen much of Hong Kong/Chinese/Japanese films in the martial arts genre lately, maybe because the local city don&#39;t have the specialty video shop nearby. I should move to Seattle to rent tons of obscure videos from Scarecrow Video or in Southern CA with the variety of independent video shops. Blockbuster Video suck so much balls in terms of hypocrisy regarding their bullshit policy (no NC-17 in spite of 80&#39;s T&A videos with naughty video box cover artworks?! Uncut version of Last Tango in Paris and Adrian Lyne&#39;s Lolita on rental DVD I thought were banned?! Youth Restricted Viewing on such films as Ponette, Grave of the Fireflies, Marat/Sade and The King of Masks?!) I finally announced my complaint to a local Blockbuster and had them close my account and snip Blockbuster member card in half with scissors. I still go to Hollywood Video, albeit liberal but with equal hypocrisy of "no unrated/NC-17" policy (I swear they have uncut versions of Dead Alive on DVD and Andrew Dice Clay&#39;s Dice Rules, The Diceman Cometh and One Night with Dice (with "Guaranteed to Offend" red stamp mark, natch). Independent video shops are dying because of the popularity of corporate video store chains with BS policy. Blockbuster Video is the Wal-Mart of video store chains. In Utah, it&#39;s nearly impossible to sustain operating an independent video shop without at least some support from college students living in apartment complexes nearby- and hard-core porno video isn&#39;t legal for fucked-up community standard reason on moral grounds, only cable-edited version available in Salt Lake County and in less conservative locations. In California, it&#39;s very common in independent video shops they carry porno videos as for the partial revenue to keep the business running and stocking such "banned" videos as Orgazmo, Happiness, Pink Flamingos, longer & uncut edition of 1900 and Once Upon the Time in America, obscure and gory documentary videos while evil Blockbuster open and operate within a few miles radius. I wish I&#39;m as knowledgeable as QT because if independent video shops were in abundance nowadays, I&#39;d be a walking film encyclopedia with the keen sense of movie criticism like the well-regarded Sun-Times&#39; Roger Ebert (brilliant reviewer and essayist of Great Movies but his credibility is questionable i.e. pieces of shit Like Mike, A Cop and a Half, Speed 2 and Spawn and ceaselessly heaps praise on such overrated films as Traffic and Monster&#39;s Ball), former New York Times critic Vincent Calby, Chicago Reader&#39;s Jonathan Rosenbaum, Matinee Magazine&#39;s Chuck Randolph (of whom I seldom agree with but totally agreed with on the atrocity of Erin Brockovich and Gladiator), L.A. Weekly&#39;s Manohla Dargis (whose shot to fame is marked by giving Star Wars Episode I: TPM an F), Los Angeles Times&#39;s Kenneth Turan (who had the audacity to trash Titanic and Fight Club) and retired/deceased New Yorker&#39;s Pauline Kael (who had the audacity to trash just about every movie ever made). Were it not for QT&#39;s brand Rolling Thunder product (and name recognization) of obscure films, I&#39;d never have heard of Chungking Express (kick-ass movie), The Switchblade Sisters (laughable piece of shit), Detriot 9000 (ditto) and Mighty Peking Man (one of the best camp movies ever made) if not for Miramax&#39;s campaign of persuading the video retailers to buy Rolling Thunder products with slick advertisement in video retail mags. I&#39;d take camp trash videos to run with drinking games with friends than renting the latest Hollywood piece of shit movie you could bear to sit through that just came out on video anyday. Hell, if any one of you want camp classics, look out for QT&#39;s Rolling Thunder videos, cheesy horror movies like Faces of Death and Cannibal Holocaust/Ferox, 70&#39;s John Waters films and campy animated movies like the dubbed versions of Japanese anime movies Fist of the North Star and Golgo 13: The Professional (you&#39;ll roll on the floor laughing your ass off at the abundance of prime cheese scenes and logic-defying idiocy), Ralph Bakshi&#39;s Cool World, Heavy Traffic, Street Fight (aka Coonskin) and Lord of the Rings, Transformers the Movie and Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer (one of the worst full-feature animated movies ever made because of a fucking atrocious script, trust me). Here&#39;s hoping QT kicks our collective ass once again with Kill Bill.

  • July 8, 2002, 7:50 a.m. CST

    quantico, is that tarantino????

    by jackburtonlives

    or is it triance??? i really can&#39;t tell. one nerdy washed up hack looks pretty much like another i guess.

  • July 8, 2002, 7:52 a.m. CST

    hot girls

    by VincentSpain


  • July 8, 2002, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Slightly OT: Thank God for independant video stores

    by Cap'n Chaos!

    I have never and will never set foot in a Blockbuster store willingly. It was bad enough working at a Hastings (midwest chain of &#39;entertainment stores.&#39;) Now I&#39;m lucky enough to live in a place with a kick-ass store. They only carry DVDs, but that&#39;s not really a problem. Thanks to them I&#39;ve been able to see all sorts of great flicks I&#39;d never get the opportunity to view otherwise. Obscure Hong Kong flicks, independant horror flicks, anime... The best part is, the guy his doing great! He&#39;s expanding constantly and he has great customer service. Maybe the world doesn&#39;t suck completely yet. As far as Kill Bill goes: I&#39;ll go see it and probably enjoy it. That&#39;s all I ask. Oh, and the band looks awesome. Anyone know what label they&#39;re on so I can check them out?

  • July 9, 2002, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Lighten up on the nasty comments...

    by King Leer

    OK, Tarantino is not the most photogenic guy, but neither would a lot of you be if you had sweated all day under hot movie lights, trying to make decisions a mile a minute. Everyone&#39;s had a photo taken of themselves where they look pretty nasty, so ease up...Tarantino&#39;s given the world at least two great films, with more to come.

  • July 9, 2002, 11:27 a.m. CST

    That chick is shorter than her bass.

    by Rain_Dog

    Just saying. I so totally don&#39;t care about this movie. My apathy amazes even my self, I&#39;m normally too apathetic to be amazed at anything. Also, does that "tarantinowebsite" guy fucking piss anyone else off? He just drops by, posts some garbled crap about his website, and then leaves, every single fucking time there&#39;s a Kill Bill talkback. Once he e-mailed me telling me how much it was going to kick ass. I mean, I like being e-mailed and all, but I also like people to have some kind of reason for doing so.

  • July 9, 2002, 3:21 p.m. CST

    What the...

    by Halloween68

    I think Quentin Tarrintino has finally lost his mind. These look like freeze frames taken from a video my drunken ma took at my uncle stan&#39;s jailbreak party 6 years ago. Damn. I really hope he knows what he&#39;s doing with this. I loved Jackie Brown and Reservoir Dogs. Wasn&#39;t too big on Pulp Fiction (over-hyped) and I despise Juliette Lewis, so I probably didn&#39;t give the other film a fair shake. Kill Bill could be pretty good. Although I don&#39;t think Tarrintino&#39;s half the director he thinks he thinks he is. I&#39;m game for this next one. I just hope he doesn&#39;t get swallowed up by his own forehead before it comes out. It does seem to be a reach at times. So this is why David Carradine is still in the acting biz...