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A Fun KILL BILL Item from Japan!

Hey folks, Harry here... This may be a made up poster from a cool as hell magazine in Japan, and it might very well never exist in poster form... and sure Uma's hair isn't blonde on it, and the Kato masked folks don't wear the driving hat, and I don't think there are any plane crashes or cop car crashes in the film, at least not in the last draft I read, but ya know what... THIS POSTER, the one below PERFECTLY captures the spirit of what Tarantino is trying to do with KILL BILL. If you want to hang this poster on the wall, then this movie is for you. If not, it still may be for you, and after you see it, you may want this poster... hehehe... or you may just be a hopeless cause for the film. But I hope not. Here ya go...

Hey Harry and co. TokyoScope here. Long time no Japanese Cult Films. Anyway, just popping in for a brief one here.

As you guys might have figured, Kill Bill mania is running wild, especially in Japan. After all, Takashi Miike was hanging out on the set. Some left-over miniatures from Godzilla Vs Mecha Godzilla (the new one) were used in the finale. Hotei is rockin’ the teaser. And Bad Azz Mofo Sonny Chiba taught Uma how to get a grip on a katana. This film stands to do for Japanese film what King Kong did for the Empire State Building. The anticipation over there is way feverish right now.

Helping to whet the appetite is the most rockin’ film magazine in the world, called Eiga Hi-Ho (meaning “Movie Treasures”). Imagine Film Threat with Premiere’s production values. Anyway, the graphic designer over there, a mad genius named Baka Yoshiki, cooked up a fake poster for Kill Bill for Hi-Ho’s new section. I thought it was brilliant and wanted to share. Its very much a tribute to the old Toei posters from the early seventies, back when Sonny was packing them in by ripping people’s nuts out. Keep in mind that Yoshiki’s work is only a “what if,” but and if there was any justice in the world, Tarantino would still put this puppy up in every multi-plex on Godzilla’s green earth. Dig it. Bunta out.

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  • Feb. 18, 2003, 4:51 a.m. CST


    by zerogundamx

    wow i care. no really, i do.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Perverted Cupid

    by Buster Gonads

    Harry, your obese cherub on the top left hand corner appears to be pulling his arrows out of his arse. You are a sick sick puppy. Oh yeah, the fake Kill Bill poster is awful. Bruce Lee would turn in his grave.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 5:02 a.m. CST

    I can't fucking wait to see what QT actually comes up with for t

    by Cash Bailey

    It's about damn time he releases some teaser material, isn't it?

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Wonderfully trashy poster

    by Silvio Dante

    It almost makes sense that they would use this kind of poster for Kill Bill. You know, all those 70's movie posters, they always seemed to promise you something, which was actually executed quite differently in the film. And Harry, the article mentioned Godzilla! What, no MAN IN A SUIT MAN IN A SUIT MAN IN A SUIT?

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 5:12 a.m. CST

    KILL BILL book cover

    by Mr Brownstone

    Perhaps this will give an idea of what the poster will be like.. logos kinda remind of The Regulators. BTW this fake poster is very nice. I love it!

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 5:15 a.m. CST


    by bassejay

    fuuuucking kick ass

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 5:18 a.m. CST


    by Mr Brownstone

    I hope the real kill bill poster is as garish and colorful as the script and the trailer make it out to be. I was disapointed they didn't use that blaxploitation style poster for Jackie Brown... the final poster turned out kinda dry and unremarkable. BRING ON THE INSANITY MIRAMAX MARKETING PEOPLE! Speaking of... has anybody noticed how Martin Scorsese, one of the greatest directors, has some of the most bland posters ever? You'de think it'd be the exact opposite.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Marty posters

    by Silvio Dante

    I think GoodFellas was very stylish back in the day...of course it's been done to death later. But itould be great if Kill Bill had a PAINTED poster, no photos.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 5:37 a.m. CST


    by TenDeuChen

    That poster is the epitome of kick ass...

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 5:38 a.m. CST

    Amazon link

    by Silvio Dante

    ...but maybe not painted that way. What little sense I could make out of that image, it looked like a bad sci-fi cover. And not at all like a movie poster. Kill Bill screams for Enter The Dragon-like treatment...

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Up until a week ago...

    by Dolemite_fan

    QT was still filming KILL BILL in California was getting Gordon Liu for some extra scenes. This is my most anticipated film of my thus far, I cant begin to expound on the joy i had when i saw that trailer for the first time. Thanks for posting that poster Harry and Drew, it definitely kicks ass and I want it on my wall right this minute.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 7:50 a.m. CST

    big in Japan?

    by speed

    where exactly? buggered If i heard from one single person about it in the last couple of weeks. and that includes TV type people. hah! it's just like when michael bay said Pearl harbour was the most anticipated film in Japan about 1 month before it's release. full of crapola.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 8:18 a.m. CST

    It's awesome. I really hope the real one will look similar.

    by Buscemi 01

    This is how a Kill Bill Poster should look like. Only Uma has to wield a sword on it I think.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 8:29 a.m. CST

    well the principle....

    by TarantinoWebsite

    the principle of the poster fits the movie, but its lame that the designer didnt use existing kill bill images. it looks too fake. rock on!

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 9:02 a.m. CST


    by DannyOcean01

    You're not first you dumb piece of maggot shit. It's bad enough you were puked out of your mother but then you have to infest these boards with you're complete wrongness. God, go burn in hell moron.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 10:43 a.m. CST

    kill bill poster

    by richnalea

    Uma's head from the Avengers, body of Bruce Lee's from Game of Death, plane crash from Airport '75, Kato's from Green Hornet, looks like Sonny Chiba from Street fighter, car wreck from Earthquake? Still pretty cool poster.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I dunno, Harry, I just can't agree with you on this one.

    by WarDog

    IF this poster "PERFECTLY captures the spirit of what Tarantino is trying to do with KILL BILL." then I hope QT rescues his film's spirit to spare it looking as trashy as this conveys. WE ALL KNOW from the preview how kick-ass this movie is going to be. How the FUCK can the Japanese think this poster helps???

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Japan beware of Kaiju!

    by Declan_Swartz My friend is in this so I wanted to AICN know what the next big trend will be.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 12:11 p.m. CST

    People here care?

    by King Leer

    I'm in Tokyo and there is no buzz on this film. The people who care are the people who care, if you know what I mean. Kill Bill will be a fashionable blip on the Japanese radar for about two weeks and then a fairly popular DVD rental -- like anything else.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Oh, but I will agree that Eiga Hi-Ho rocks (eom)

    by King Leer

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 1:04 p.m. CST


    by Lelon

    i hope the movie ias 1000x better then that poster.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 2:35 p.m. CST


    by Ordell Robbie

    And some Popeye forearms to boot. Still looks cool though... Miike was probably behind the camera jerking-off whenever Uma slices off somebody's limb.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 3:57 p.m. CST

    For those of you who care, the title is spelled wrong. It says

    by jennababe

    Damn cool job on the poster. Weird that a Japanese man will spell words wrong. Kinda reminds me of Harry.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 4:06 p.m. CST

    It's suppose to look trashy, guys.

    by jennababe

    That's the whole idea of the film. The majority of exploitation films in the late sixties and seventies that Quentin is reviving had those kind of posters back in the day. Take a look at the poster of Foxy Brown. Or Casino Royale or Our Man Flint posters back in the day. This poster captures the spirit of what Quentin wants to eminate in his film. Would you rather see a lame ass Pearl Harbor/Armageddon faces looking off into the sunset poster for the next Quentin movie? I think not. This poster is a classic, I'm sure of which Quentin will also appreciate.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Pam Grier's bro is working on the art.

    by Miss Mel

    Of course that poster is not real. It's computer generated hacked pile of shit. Plus, I just got done reading an article in an art magazine that said Pam Grier's brother is working on the art.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 5:15 p.m. CST

    What a frightenning poster

    by T-MACK 1.01

    It is isn't it. Is Uma Thurman about to belt out "We are the world!" Ugh. Harry, thos poster sucks and is fake. It looks horribly photocopied and I betcha that's the same plane from Air Force One. Or at least with the paint job changed.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 10:21 p.m. CST

    let me see if i've got this right...

    by ElGuapo

    there's no explosion on a plane. there's no giant fireball in the city. there's no accidents involving police cars. and the costumes are wrong. BUT it perfectly captures the spirit of the film... because it has a picture of uma thurman and sonny chiba in it, and it seeks to replicate a certain style of poster? i hope qt does a better job with his homage than the guy behind this poster did with his. "fun" it may be, but just 'cos it has all the ingredients of a souffle doesn't necessarily make it one.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 10:41 p.m. CST

    The title spelling IS correct! It's "Yare!"

    by Dr. Doughnut

    The Chinese character for "kill!" (koro-se!) can be also read as "ya-re!" in slang Japanese. The spelling on the poster is therefore correct.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Dr. Doughnut is right...

    by King Leer

    If you look closely, the hiragana is even underneath in small white characters (biru wo yare). Judging by her screen name (jenna something), she's a woman and doesn't know male Japanese slang. Back to school, honey.

  • Feb. 19, 2003, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Agree with speed

    by Mennon

    99.9 persent of J people have never heard of this movie. It's not big here at all. Winnie the Pooh is big in Japan, Kill Bill aint.

  • Feb. 19, 2003, 2:45 a.m. CST

    That should read "percent"

    by Mennon

    I made an spelling mistake.

  • Feb. 19, 2003, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Kill Bill trailer was lifeless as me...

    by ZombieChrist

    ...and I'm the animated corpse of the Messiah! After Harry's hype I was psyched to see the Kill Bill trailer before "Rabbit Proof Fence" (of all films) here in Portland, OR recently. That trailer was lame. Dead on the screen. It looked like a goddamn video game, and not even a good one. Lame, lame, lame. Which isn't to say that the movie will suck. Tarantino's a gifted director... or was.

  • Feb. 19, 2003, 5:54 p.m. CST

    That poster was obviously Photoshopped

    by Lord Shatner

    My keen, expert eye detected aberrant pixelization, color shift, RGB incongruities, etc

  • Feb. 19, 2003, 11:13 p.m. CST

    airport '75


    i heard you were dead

  • Feb. 21, 2003, 1:57 a.m. CST

    the Japanese in the poster is correct

    by rubberlegs

    The Japanese title says "Bill o Yare" not "Bill wo Korore" Look below, its spelled out in hiragana. Do you really think your Japanese is better than the guy who made the poster? I hear they are giving Japanese classes at the local community college. Maybe you should sign up, know it all! The poster is great and the movie looks great, However, it has absolutely no buzz in Japan at all. Michael Pare straight -to -video movies are more popular over here.

  • Feb. 23, 2003, 4:31 a.m. CST


    by Alcamaeon

    Not to be so nitpicky... but the title Kill Bill actually is supposed to say "Korose" rather than "Yare" to be translated correctly. The title "Kill Bill" is derived from the Bride who says, "I'm going to kill Bill." Translate that into Japanese and you will never say, "Bill o yaru." Of course unless you're talking about sex. You would say, "Bill o korosu." The slang "Yare" is used when one is ordering a hit, or saying "let's" kill Bill. "Bill o korosu" would be the correct translation of the title "To Kill Bill."

  • Feb. 23, 2003, 5:53 a.m. CST


    by rubberlegs

    There is no rule that title has to be an exact translation of the English. For example, Monster's Ball is "Chocolate" in Japanese. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is "Green Destiny"; In The Line of Fire is "The Secret Service"; Karate Kid is "Best Kid"; Best in Show is "Dog Show" etc.......

  • Feb. 23, 2003, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Japanese band 5678s are in the movie

    by rubberlegs

    Most fans of garage rock have probably heard of Tokyo gal group 5678s. They've toured the USA and Australia a bunch of times. Anyway, Quentin Tarantino came to Tokyo last year to do research and he heard their record in a used clothing store. He emailed the owner of their label, Time Bomb records and the band flew to Shanghai to film a scene in a nightclub. Hopefully this movie will give them the exposure they deserve. Maybe next time he will get Guitar Wolf too!

  • Feb. 23, 2003, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Tokyo Scope is better than the Weisser books

    by rubberlegs

    Hey, don't knock Tokyo Scope. I'm reading it now and it's much better than those crappy books by Thomas and Yuko Weisser of Asian Cult Cinema, which are filled with tons of mistakes. Who cares if Oliver Stone wrote the introduction, Tokyo Scope has Takashi Miike and Kinji Fukasaku. You should thank Mr. Macias for posting this poster instead of whining about it. It's a FAKE poster which means its supposed to be funny.