Ten years ago, on April 16, 2004, Quentin Tarantino debuted the second half of "Kill Bill." We'll never forget The Bride's iconic Bruce Lee-esque yellow jumpsuit or her fight against the Crazy 88 in "Kill Bill: Volume 1," but "Volume 2" introduced a slew of new film references, genre remixing and kick-ass fight scenes.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the final chapters of Beatrix Kiddo's tale, we've rounded up a handful of film references from the Tarantino favorite (below), with some help from an awesome video by Kirby Ferguson and Robert Grigsby Wilson (above).
The Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique, known vaguely as Dim Mak in martial arts, is also used in the films "Clan of the White Lotus" (1980) and "Executioners of Shaolin" (1977). Both of these films also portray the character Pai Mei, played by Gordon Liu in "Vol. 2," who is a fictionalized version of the real-life Bak Mei.
The black suite with the open, white-collared shirt Daryl Hannah's Elle Driver wears in "Kill Bill: Vol. 2" is the same style worn by Uma Thurman in "Pulp Fiction" and Pam Grier in "Jackie Brown."
"Navajo Joe" theme music
The theme music from 1966's "Navajo Joe" plays several times throughout "Kill Bill: Vol. 2," such as right before The Bride and Elle fight, when Bill walks out into the garden, and in the opening car sequence.
The scene where The Bride crawls out of the grave is a reference to the 1967 Western "Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot!" This scene is also a reference to "Army of Darkness," "The Vanishing," "I Spit On Your Grave," "Carrie" and "Night of the Living Dead."
The fight scene between The Bride and Elle Driver was inspired by the 1966 Japanese sci-fi film "The War of the Gargantuas." On the DVD special features of "Kill Bill," Tarantino says he called his fight "War of the Blonde Gargantuas." Elle also says the word "gargantuas" several times in the scene.
The character of Elle Driver was inspired by Frigga/Madeleine from the the 1973 Swedish exploitation film "Thriller – A Cruel Picture."
Beatrix Kiddo inspired by Lana Turner
The Bride's real name, Beatrix Kiddo, is partially inspired by Lana Turner's character, Beatrix Emery from 1941's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." In this scene from "Vol. 2," Esteban mentions Lana Turner (at 2:08) and her 1946 movie "The Postman Always Rings Twice."
The music in the scene right before The Bride confronts Budd refers to Death Valley scene in Michelangelo Antonioni's 1970 "Zabriskie Point."
Luke Skywalker and Yoda in "Star Wars: Episode V"
When The Bride is training with Pai Mei, there's a reference made to Luke Skywalker and Yoda in "Star Wars: Episode V."
The shot of David Carradine's Bill playing the flute in "Vol. 2" is almost an exact replica of Carradine doing the same thing in "Circle of Iron" (1978).
Pai Mei in "Shaolin Abbot"
Pai Mei in "Vol. 2" is inspired by Lieh Lo's portrayal of Pai Mei in 1979's "Shaolin Abbot." The original "Kill Bill" script even reads, "Especially films that feature Lieh Lo as the old, white-haired, white-eye-browed villain Pai Mei."
"Road to Selina" score
The song "The Chase" from "Vol. 2" is from the 1970 film "Road to Salina" and plays when The Bride makes her way to Budd's trailer after crawling out of the ground. In a later scene, Esteban tells The Bride that Bill's villa is on "the road to Salina."