Top Ten Scenes from "Kill Bill"

The Top Ten
1 The Origin of O-Ren

This scene adds so much depth to O-Ren's character, more than any other character in the movie, even The Bride and Bill. I'm convinced that there was an especially close bond between O-Ren and The Bride, considering how much The Bride, who narrates the film, knows about her.

The decision to animate this scene was brilliant. Not only aesthetically (and wow, is it stunning combined with the music), but also because anime perfectly captures the raw emotion present here. Tarantino understands Japanese narration well, and O-Ren's backstory resembles that of an anime anti-hero or villain, like Lucy/Nyuu (Elfen Lied) or Ken (Digimon 02).

2 The Bride vs. The Crazy 88

The Bride describes them as "powerful," yet she takes them all down with minimal effort. This is one of the best fight scenes in the franchise, featuring clashing swords as The Bride slices and dices them.

3 The Bride vs. O-Ren Ishii

This fight is captivating. My theory is that the two characters used to be very close friends, maybe even had a sister-like bond. They exchange inside jokes, and their fight is honorable, not dirty or mean-spirited. After Beatrix lands her first hit, the fight stops momentarily, and both characters have tears in their eyes. The battle is quiet and lacks intense action. The garden setting is peaceful.

After Beatrix kills O-Ren, she feels no satisfaction like she does with other characters. Instead, she looks down and doesn't turn around to see O-Ren's body. For a brief second, she considers it but refrains. She's clearly hurt that it had to come to this. The tone is entirely different from the rest of the movie and the other fights.

The Bride and Elle Driver truly despise each other. Budd is a jerk. While Vernita Green is somewhat sympathetic, she and The Bride both exploit unexpectedness to gain an advantage, showing no sign of a deeper connection. The dynamic with Bill is also different. There is mutual respect and shared history, which saddens Beatrix, but there's also rage and hate. Bill is like an ex-mate you know well and feel some attachment to, but you've also moved on from. O-Ren's death, however, deeply affects Beatrix. It was necessary and inevitable, but it pains her nonetheless.

4 Bill's Death
5 The Bride vs. Gogo Yubari

Although short, this fight was intense. Gogo was extremely skilled with the meteor hammer, leaving Beatrix mostly on the defensive.

Gogo nearly killed Beatrix by strangling her with the chain. However, she was ultimately defeated when Beatrix drove a nail-studded chair leg into her foot and head in a desperate attempt to save herself. Gogo was a skilled fighter and very smart, choosing not to fight Beatrix with a katana like the Crazy 88.

6 The Bride Meets Hattori Hanzo

Hattori Hanzo allowed The Bride to try out one of his swords before crafting one for her to take down the Deadly Vipers. He had sworn a blood oath not to make swords again but broke it due to his sympathy for her cause.

7 Elle Driver's Visit at The Bride's Hospital Room
8 The Bride learns from Pai Mei how to fight
9 The Bride vs. Elle Driver

They were fairly evenly matched, but Beatrix defeated Elle by snatching out her remaining eye, blinding her completely. This was likely an act of vengeance for Elle killing Pai Mei.

10 Beatrix snatches Elle's Eye

Elle deserved that, and I don't feel sorry for her at all. She lacks the traits that define her as a human being and uses underhanded methods to win.

Moreover, she poisoned Pai Mei instead of facing him directly, and she tried to kill Beatrix in her sleep, showing her cowardice.

The Contenders
11 The Bride wakes up and takes revenge for her rape
12 Larry Gomez chews out Budd

Budd is a bouncer who consistently arrives 20 minutes late.

13 Pai Mei vs Beatrix

Although a misogynist and resistant to Beatrix's efforts, Pai Mei agreed to train her. He taught her martial arts, the three-inch punch, and the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique.

14 The Bride vs Vernita Green
15 Elle Kills Bud
16 BB Appearance
17 The Bride cuts off Sofie's arm
18 Beatrix vs Karen Kim
19 The Bride escapes the coffin
20 Pai Mei trains Beatrix
21 The Bride wiggles her big toe
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