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Tarantino's Kill Bill to be divided in two



Story by: Jack Foley

QUENTIN Tarantino's hugely-anticipated martial arts epic, Kill Bill, is to be divided into two films, according to Variety.

The film, starring Uma Thurman as a female assassin, is to be released as two separate 90-minute movies because a completed version of the whole film weighs in at three hours - which could spell Box Office disaster.

Miramax has decided to divide the film amid fears of lost ticket sales.

The first part will be released, as planned, in the US on October 10, and in the UK two weeks later, on October 24.

Kill Bill is a samurai revenge film, inspired in part by the kung fu movies of the 1970s.

Thurman's character, The Bride, survives an attempt on her life on her wedding day and, after spending five years in a coma, sets out for vengeance.

According to the Screen Daily film industry website, the films will be released within a couple of months of one another, and subtitled Volume 1 and Volume 2, although owing to the busy Fall diary, the second part may have to be delayed until early 2004.

The news may come as a blow to Tarantino fans, who have been chomping at the bit to see Kill Bill since the release of its breathtaking trailer earlier this year.

The film, which is supposed to be mega-violent (as all Tarantino films are), includes fight scenes that have been choreographed by the man responsible for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (see preview for more details).

In fact, the gore will be so widespread that, according to co-star Lucy Liu, 'people will either leave the movie theater or get sick in it'.

In fact, Tarantino is so adamant that the film has to be realistically violent, that he has insisted on getting the colour of the Samurai blood right, and is rumoured to be filming localised versions for the Asian market, which are longer and bloodier than the US censors will allow.


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