Kill Bill Vol.1 and Kill Bill Vol.2 was directed by Quentin Tarantino. Beatrix Kiddo, a.k.a. The Bride, goes on a murderous rampage against her former colleagues after their failed attempt to assassinate her. Vol.1 sets the stage with The Bride awakening from a coma after being shot in the head by her former boss (and lover) Bill. She proceeds to track down the members of her old team one at a time exacting vengeance with fists, guns, and ultimately swords. The movie is done in a homage to seventies exploitation films and stylish martial arts films.
Vol.2 picks up where Vol.1 leaves off but with a more Sam Peckinpah western feel. It also has a flashback to the circumstances leading up to her being shot and also some background about how she learned martial arts. The pacing is not as kinetic. Vol.2 is more exposition than wall-to-wall fighting. A revelation is made that Beatrix was pregnant at the time of the attack. She awoke to discover the child had been delivered and is living with Bill. She finds Bill and lives up to the movie’s titular pronouncement. Her daughter seems to be exhibiting early signs of a possible sociopath mentality. Beatrix cries real tears after rescuing her daughter. Tears of both joy and perhaps a deeper profound sadness.
Vol.3 opens with a series of flashbacks, specifically about the baby. Beatrix telling Bill that the kid is his. Her waking up in the hospital to find the baby has been removed/delivered while she was in a coma. The moment she meets her daughter at Bill’s house. Then we switch to modern day. The kid is now a teenager going to school. She does well and has a handful of friends. Beatrix wanted a “normal” life for her daughter so she got them fake identities and settled down somewhere she felt the two of them could find some peace but not too remote as to isolate them. (Obviously not learning the previous lesson when Bill tracked her down the first time but I’m getting ahead of myself.) The relationship between the two is strained. There is an void between them. The daughter has grown up with a lingering hatred for the woman who killed her father. They fight, verbally. The girl stays out late. She isolates herself every chance she gets. Beatrix has a new foe that she just can’t seem to defeat.
In an attempt to bond, Beatrix takes her daughter to a local mall for some “girl time.” She figures maybe spending some time shopping and making idle chat will help heal the wound between them. At this point she is unaware of the daughter’s true resentment. The trip shows a bit of promise when B.B. and Beatrix start talking about action movies while wondering through a video store. They seem to bridge over how ridiculous some of the stunts can be. (A tongue in cheek poke at the genre and maybe the movie itself without being too silly or aloof.) They stop by the food court for some late lunch when assassins attack from seemingly out of nowhere. The assailants are armed with handheld crossbows loaded with wickedly tipped bolts. Beatrix fends them off long enough to get her and B.B. outside where they are met with a storm of arrows. Retreating back inside, the duo make their way to a sporting goods store where Beatrix improvises using a bat to clear a path back outside where they steal a car and head off.
B.B. insists almost violently on returning home. Beatrix, still bewildered by the assault, agrees and they make it home. The daughter starts throwing clothes into a suitcase while Beatrix gets her katana out of the closest. She doesn’t take anything else except a picture of Bill she keeps in a drawer by the bed. B.B. is scared and angry. Someone is trying to kill her and she wants answers her mother doesn’t have. This only drives the wedge deeper. The house is set ablaze from outside by a man with a flamethrower. He is dressed differently than the men at the mall. They escape as the house goes up behind them. The man is not identified.
Beatrix has to think but she has B.B. in tow and there is no telling who’s behind these attacks. That is when B.B. admits that she hasn’t been spending time with friends; she’s been secretly training with a her uncle, Buck. Switch to a vignette in which B.B. meets Buck. She’s working out at a local park when we see a strange man staring at her. As she leaves, he follows. She stops by a shop for something. The strange man is also there. The set-up is this is some weird stalker possibly meaning harm to B.B. or some other sinister thing. This goes on for a few days. She seems to be completely unaware of his presence until one day she deliberately travels through a more dangerous part of town. It quickly becomes evident the strange man does indeed have some plan for her. She leads him on a walking chase until the two are stopped by a one way alley. The man advances on the girl and then quickly learns she is not the lamb here as she kicks the ever-living crap out of him. Before finishing him off, the man cries out that he knows who she really is and that they are related. He is successful in convincing her that he is indeed Bill’s youngest brother and offers to help in her training. He introduces her to some of his operatives and begins training her behind Beatrix’s back. This fact makes the girl even more eager to learn. He tells her stories of Bill and Bud and how they died. He acts surprised to learn she was there when Beatrix killed Bill. (He was ordered by Bill to let Beatrix in. Her killing Bill was a surprise but he had to fill the power vacuum left by his brother’s passing and was unable to exact his revenge then and there.)
Switch back to mother and daughter going to visit Uncle Buck. (The Bride always tends to make a face when B.B. mentions his name, presumably because of Buck at the hospital who would sell her comatose body, but nothing is ever mentioned of it.) Beatrix is expecting trouble and is not disappointed when Buck’s private army called The Pride, an all gay male group with names like Panther and Tiger, snatch B.B. and beat Beatrix down and put her in a holding cell. This was all part of Buck’s plan as B.B. reveals one last detail of how she agreed to help her uncle capture The Bride. At the crest of the Second Act Turn, Buck reveals to his niece his true motivation for helping her. He plans on turning her mother into a walking training dummy for his men to practice their skills on. He also shows her Bill’s plans to encourage and foster her latent sociopathic trendies. Flashback to a scene where Bill asks young B.B. why she killed her goldfish. She had become a walking reminder of the one who got away. He didn’t love her so much as he loved the potential she possessed. Buck couldn’t care less now that he has the woman who killed his brother. B.B. was just a means to an end.
The Third Act opens with both women sharing joining cells. B.B., not sure who to trust, seeks an escape but is foiled and thrown back into captivity. This is when she openly questions why Beatrix isn’t trying to escape as well. Her mother answers with a explanation that there is no point to it. She’s broken. Her daughter has betrayed her. The life they had together has gone literally up in flames. It is in this moment B.B. realizes the truth of her mother’s crusade. She loved Bill but was betrayed by him when she tried to give her as yet unborn child a better life. As the two begin to reconcile, Buck’s compound is besieged by the men with bows. They are revealed to be a group called The Cupids. Their leader is Sophie Fatale, O-Ren’s lawyer from Vol.1. It turns out she and O-Ren were also lovers. The Cupids were the number two gang in Japan behind the Crazy 88’s. Sophie, healed from the wounds inflicted upon her by The Bride, has spent her time also dealing with a power vacuum and making the Cupids the leading force within the Japanese underworld. Buck explains to Sophie that Beatrix is his prize and that unlike Bill, he will not just open his doors to every woman with a grudge to waltz on in and have at him. He also explains that his specialty is information. Bill was always the Mastermind, Bud was the muscle. Buck was the book keeper. He spent his time learning everything he could about everyone. He withheld Sophie’s relationship status under orders from Bill. If it had come out, it would have caused unnecessary friction for O-Ren, whom Bill still saw some usefulness in her despite having become an established woman on her own. Sophie, bound by honor and heartbreak, refuses Buck’s offer of information that could prove helpful to her in maintaining control of the Japanese underworld and relaunches her attack. During the chaos, Beatrix and B.B. make a joint escape attempt. Beatrix reacquires her blade and uses it to fight off forces from both sides. She is amazed and actually proud of her daughter’s abilities as they fight their way out of the compound. An arrow comes flying straight towards unsuspecting Beatrix only to be deflected by a sword-wielding B.B.. Mother and daughter stand side by side as an army advances on them. Cut to Black. End Credits.