Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
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The Bride (Uma Thurman) continues her vengeance against her boss and former lover Bill aka Snake Charmer (David Carradine) and her two remaining colleagues from the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad—one-eyed Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) aka California Mountain Snake and Bill's younger brother Budd (Michael Madsen) aka Sidewinder. But the Bride is in for a big surprise. Edit
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 is the second half of the Kill Bill series, preceded by Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) (2003). Originally intended as one film, the resulting product had a running time of over four hours, so it was separated into two movies. Both Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Kill Bill: Vol 2 were written and directed by American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. Kill Bill: Vol. 3 is on the IMDb books, but no release date has been set. Edit
Having succeeded in killing O'Ren, the Bride tortures O'Ren's lawyer Sofie Fatale for information on the whereabouts about the rest of the squad. She then tosses Sofie down a hill, landing her near a hospital. Aboard an airplane out of Tokyo, she crosses Venita and O'Ren off her hit list, leaving Budd, Elle Driver and Bill still to kill. Meanwhile, having rescued Sofie, Bill pumps her for information and asks, "Is she [the Bride] aware that her daughter is still alive?" Edit
Budd lies simply to hurt Bill. Obviously Bill and Budd are feuding and Bill must have done something to Budd (seeing as how Bill says, "Can't we just put the past in the past?"). The sword was a huge gift to Budd; to tell Bill that he sold it was just meant to be a crushing blow to his heart. It was also a way for Budd to show Bill what his life is like now: he hocked an absolutely priceless artifact for a paltry $250. He also makes mention that he lives in a trailer and works in a strip bar, which obviously doesn't pay very much. He's essentially broke and the smallest bit of cash is worth more to him than a priceless sword from his brother, whereas Bill could have easily helped him out, as we see Bill's life is much more privileged; he lives in a tropical paradise in a mansion. Edit
It is not explained. One theory is that they had some sort of altercation, perhaps over what happened with the wedding massacre. Budd possibly was not proud of what happened that day and could not go on with the business. Notice the look on his face during the Bride's flashbacks. This may be what caused the split with the Vipers. As Budd is dirt poor while Bill is rich, it was likely that Bill sent the Vipers to kill the Bride and afterward disbanded them, as he was too upset by what they all did. However, Bill then took his fortune and left his brother to fend for himself. Budd probably felt guilty in the first place, as he was willing to accept his fate if the Bride found and killed him, saying that she deserved her revenge and that they deserved to die. Edit
Budd tells Bill, "If she wants to fight with me, all she's gotta do is come down to the club and start some shit, and we'll be in a fight." When Bill says, "...unless you accept my assistance, I have no doubt she will succeed [in killing you]." Budd later replies with "That woman deserves her revenge. And we deserve to die. But, then again, so does she." It was a matter of karma and honor. They had all done horrible things to people and to each other, the Bride included. Budd obviously is not proud of his past, especially his part in what he did to the Bride. He refused Bill's help so it would be a fair fight; one on one. However, this doesn't mean he would simply drop to his knees and let the Bride kill him. His philosophy was "If she kills me, so be it, but I won't go down without a fight." He also felt she deserved to suffer for what she did to Bill, but wasn't completely heartless in his act. He buries her alive, but instead of just doing that, he gives her a flashlight to be buried with. Knowing if anyone could possibly escape that scenario, it was her; giving her the flashlight was Budd's sign of respect. Edit
As said by Budd twice, he shot her with a double-dose of rock salt. Rocksalt shells are hand-loaded with pieces of rock salt, replacing the standard lead or steel shot, which are designed to have more penetrating force making them lethal. Rock salt shells could be seen as the forerunners of modern less-lethal rounds. In the United States, rock salt shells were and are sometimes used by rural civilians to defend their property. The brittle salt was unlikely to cause serious injury at long ranges, but would cause painful stinging injuries and served as a warning. Some Spanish police forces, like the Guardia Civil and Cuerpo Nacional de Policía, use special rock salt shells called SAL-90 in their riot control units. Edit
It's just a humorous scene to again tell the audience (who has been waiting for two volumes) what the Bride's name is in case you may have missed Elle saying it. This is also a nod to the fans of Volume 1 who would recognize why O-Ren said, "Silly rabbit." Which is followed immediately by the Bride saying, "Trix are for...", then finished by O-Ren, "...kids." Because the Bride's name is Beatrix Kiddo. It could also be why Bill consistently calls her "kiddo". Edit
Likely for a few reasons. (1) Budd and Elle clearly don't like each other, for one reason or another. (2) Budd wanted 1 million dollars for the Bride's sword. (3) While Elle had the cash on hand, she likely didn't want to part with it for a sword, especially to Budd, as she says that the greatest warrior (the Bride) she had ever known met her demise at the hands of a drunken redneck like Budd, which infuriated her, because the Bride "deserved better". (4) Elle wanted Budd out of the way in order for her to stay closer to Bill. It seems Elle was very jealous of the Bride, as Bill fell for her. She was probably also jealous of Budd, as Bill clearly regretted the circumstances of their relationship, and Elle may have felt that he was taking Bill's attention away from her. So, by murdering Budd and framing the presumed-dead Bride for it, she would have Bill all to herself. Edit
When we last saw Elle Driver, she was left blinded by Beatrix in Budd's trailer with the same black mamba in the room that killed Budd. Because of this, most fans say that she died. However, during the credits, when each actor or actress that portrayed a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad shows up, their name is crossed out. When Darryl Hannah's name appears, however, a question mark shows up. In addition, rumors have surfaced that if Tarantino ever makes another sequel to Kill Bill, it will focus on people seeking revenge on The Bride, as they deserve their revenge as much as The Bride deserved hers. This would mainly point out Nikki Bell, Sophie Fatale, and Elle. Edit
The following is some dialogue to help explain it. Esteban: "Bill shot you in the head, no?" Kiddo: "Yes, he did." Esteban: "I would have been much nicer...I would have just cut your face." Notice how he makes a vertical motion with his finger up and down his lips when he says this. This is further indication that Esteban cut her face. Esteban likely did it because the woman was disloyal to him, and he wanted to make an example of her while also destroying any self-confidence she had. Edit
There are many possible reasons. Elle could have called him on her cell phone, assuming she was not killed by the mamba. Esteban could have given Bill a heads up that he gave the Bride a map to Bill's home. Beatrix didn't kill Sophie Fatale so she went Bill and told him what happened. There may have been a surveillance camera or two set up near Bill's door; after all Bill, and BB especially, were in no way surprised to see her, even after not ever seeing her mother. So, Bill probably saw her coming down the hallway, told BB that she was coming, and instructed her on what to do. If it had been a surprise, any little kid who had always wanted to see his or her mom would likely run to her the moment he or she first saw her. Edit
One theory that's been offered is that Bill didn't just have the Vipers go after his ex-lover, but also his unborn baby. He did something horrible. When he sent Elle to kill her while she was sleeping, it might have been a way for him to say he was sorry by giving her "a luxury their kind is rarely afforded"—a painless, non-violent death. Then he realized that he couldn't do it, because Kiddo should have the opportunity to face him in battle. Bill perhaps knew that this was finally the one thing he should ultimately be punished for, so he called Elle and told her to abort the mission. Also, the Bride said, "Bill, it's your baby," just as he shot her; it was after he pulled the trigger that he realised what she had said. Up until that point, he thought she had left him for "some fucking jerk," got pregnant, and was getting married, all within a matter of months, not realizing that the baby was in fact his, which is why he was sad. Remember, Bill may be a heartless killer when he does business, but his attack on Kiddo and his obvious continual love for her after he called Elle off in the hospital indicates that he still has a measure of respect for Kiddo, whom he fell in love with, saw as the greatest of his assassins and saw as an honorable warrior. Edit
Kiddo tried to start a new life where she was going to put her killing days behind her and live out her life like a normal woman. Bill knew that she could never do that, because she was "a natural born killer"...like him. This is also a reference to the film Natural Born Killers, a film Tarantino wrote, but has since disowned because he disliked what Oliver Stone did with the script. Edit
Beatrix explains to Bill that the reason she ran away from him was because, once that pregnancy strip turned blue, she knew she was about to become a mother and could no longer work for him. Agreeing that they still have unfinished business, they both grab their swords and have at each other while still sitting in their chairs. The skirmish doesn't last long, however, because Beatrix ends it when she surprises Bill by administering Pai Mei's five-point-palm-exploding-heart technique on him. Following an affectionate goodbye, Bill stands up and walks away. After taking five steps, he falls to his death. The next morning, while B.B. (Perla Haney-Jardine) watches a Heckle & Jeckle cartoon, Beatrix lies on the bathroom floor crying. After the tears stop flowing, she joins B.B. in front of the television set. A note appears, which reads: The lioness has rejoined her cub, and all is right in the jungle. Edit
"A Silhouette Of Doom" - Ennio Morricone: Opening titles; flashback dialogue of Bill shooting The Bride in the head as she lies on the floor of the wedding chapel.
"Il Tramonto" - Ennio Morricone: The Bride approaches the door of the wedding chapel; finds Bill.
"Do I Look Pretty?" - Robert Rodriguez: The Bride lowers her veil and approaches the altar; the camera backs out the door to reveal the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad with machine guns; they enter.
"Dies Irae" - Nora Orlandi: Bill and Budd talk outside Budd's trailer.
"Ay Que Caray" - Marilu Esmeralda Aguiluz: The music played in the "My Oh My" club as Budd enters.
"Dies Irae" - Nora Orlandi: Budd returns home from the strip club at night, looks to the sky and laughs.
"A Satisfied Mind" - Johnny Cash: The song from Budd's record player; the Bride hides underneath his trailer.
"Outside The Trailer" - Robert Rodriguez: Budd stops the song and looks out of the window because of a noise.
"A Bride Revealed" - Robert Rodriguez: The Bride unsheathes her sword and removes her ninja hood.
"Theme From 'A Fistful of Dollars'" - Ennio Morricone: Budd exits his trailer after shooting the Bride, then disarms her.
"Calling The Hateful Bitch" - Robert Rodriguez: Budd phones Elle.
"Can't Hardly Stand It" - Charlie Feathers: At night, the Bride wakes up, tied up, in the back of a a pickup truck.
"Il Mercenario (ripresa)" - Ennio Morricone: Budd nails the Bride's coffin shut.
"White Lotus Mountain" - Robert Rodriguez: The Bride climbs the stairs of the Temple and finds Pai Mei.
"Three Tough Guys" - Isaac Hayes: Pai Mei tests the Bride's skills through battle.
"Invincible Pole Fighter" - Stephen Sing & So Chun Hou: The training of The Bride.
"L'Arena" - Ennio Morricone: The Bride uses Pai Mei's techniques to punch through her coffin and climb from her grave.
"The Chase" - Alan Reeves/Phil Steele/Philip Brigham: Elle driving towards Budd's trailer in her Trans-Am.
"Sunny Road To Salina" - Bernard Girard-Christophe: The Bride walking through the desert to Budd's trailer.
"Ironside (Excerpt)" - Quincy Jones: The Bride's eyes fall upon Elle and Budd. Vengeance theme.
"Budd Twang" - Robert Rodriguez: After having killed Budd, Elle puts the cash in her case.
"A Silhouette Of Doom" - Ennio Morricone: After Elle and The Bride's fight; Elle unsheathes a Hanzo sword, only to find that The Bride also has one; it is revealed that Elle killed Pai Mei; they charge; ends when The Bride plucks Elle's eye out.
"Tu Mira (Edit)" - Lole Y Manuel: The Bride drives through Mexico to Esteban Vihaio.
"Summertime Killer" - Luis Bacalov: The Bride enters Bill's hacienda, gun in hand. Ends when she sees B.B.
"About Her" - Malcolm McLaren: The Bride leaves B.B. her necklace on B.B.'s picture of her, tucks her in, and goes to see Bill.
"The Demise Of Barbara, And The Return Of Joe" - Ennio Morricone: Bill's emotional demise.
"Malagueña Salerosa" - Chingon: Cast credits.
"Goodnight Moon" - Shivaree: Black and white end credits.
"Urami Bushi" - Meiko Kaji: End credits (for Vol. 1 and Vol. 2).
"Black Mamba" - The RZA: End credits (for Vol. 2 only). Edit
Vincent Vega (Pulp Fiction) and Victor Vega (Reservoir Dogs) are brothers.
Laurence Dimmick a.k.a. Mr. White (Reservoir Dogs) and Jimmy Dimmick (Pulp Fiction) may be related somehow.
Jack Scagnetti (Natural Born Killers) and Seymour Scagnetti (mentioned in Reservoir Dogs) could be related.
Drexl Spivey (True Romance) and Marsellus Spivey (mentioned in Reservoir Dogs) could be related.
Earl McGraw (From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Grindhouse) and Edgar McGraw (From Dusk Till Dawn 2, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Grindhouse) are father and son.
Bill and Budd are brothers.
Sgt. Donny Donowitz (Inglorious Basterds) and Lee Donowitz (True Romance) are father and son.
Paula Schultz the name on the grave that The Bride is buried in, might possibly be a reference to the character in Django Unchained Dr King Schultz, as played by Christoph Waltz.
Note that some of the names of the characters somewhat correspond with the "career choice" of the other, an example being that Drexl is a pimp and Marsellus was a diamond fence who was doing 20 years in prison. Jack Scagnetti was a popular detective and Seymour was a parole officer, etc. Edit
This takes some work, but all of the above films exist within the same movie universe. There are several links between all of the movies that can be made. The best link is the character of Earl McGraw who appears in all of the movies' continuities. McGraw dies at the start of From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) (D-D), so this would place D-D's events at the end of the timeline. Then there is Jasper who is alive in the Death Proof (2007) (DP) segment of Grindhouse (2007) but dies in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (KB¹). There is also the link of El Wray from the Planet Terror (2007) (PT) segment of Grindhouse and the town that Seth Gecko and Richard Gecko were heading to in D-D, which was also called "El Wray". Another link is Dr Dakota Block who appears in both the DP and PT segments of Grindhouse, and this is the best place to start. Block is also the daughter of Earl McGraw and sister of Edgar McGraw who also appears in KB¹ and From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999) (D-D 2).
From this, we can start to piece together the chronology of the universe. The events of DP must happen before the events of PT. This can be assumed by the relationship between Dr Dakota Block and Earl McGraw that is frayed in DP and most of PT, but they do make up by the end of PT. Also the lack of "sickos" in DP would suggest this is before PT. Plus, Block leaves at the end of PT, but is back working in the hospital in DP. There is also a mention "in memory of" over the radio for Jungle Julia from DP in the events of PT. So far, we have (1) Death Proof and (2) Planet Terror.
Then we can move on to Jasper. As he is alive in DP but dies in KB¹, that would place the (current) events of KB¹ and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (KB²) after the events of DP. Thus, (1) DP, (2) PT, (3) KB¹, and (4) KB². Then onto Earl McGraw who is alive in DP, PT and KB¹ but is killed in D-D, leading us to (1) Death Proof, (2) Planet Terror, (3) Kill Bill: Vol. 1, (4) Kill Bill: Vol. 2, and (5) From Dusk Til Dawn. But we have to include D-D 2 and From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (1999) (D-D 3). Edgar McGraw makes reference to the events and death of his father Earl in D-D 2, which obviously sets this film after D-D. Then D-D 3 is actually a prequel set in the 19th century, therefore it's the earliest of the connections.
In sum, chronologically the films go: (1) From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (2) Death Proof (3) Planet Terror (4) Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (5) Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (6) From Dusk Till Dawn (7) From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money Edit
Because of the harrowing adventure she had just been through. Awaking from a coma, having to kill dozens of people, nearly dying herself countless times. Being buried alive, finding out her daughter is actually alive, killing Bill, and escaping with Bibi.
The entire time, having to remain focused and keep her emotions in check. Finally, at the end of her journey, she was able to take a moment and let every emotion loose and cry. Also tears of joy that she gets to raise her daughter. Edit