Kill Bill: Volume 1 is the first half of the "Kill Bill" movies written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Chapter 1: 2
Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman) arrives at the location of the second member of her Death List Five, Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox). The two engage in a hand-to-hand fight, destroying Vernita's living room. The fight is stopped due to the arrival of Vernita's daughter, Nikkia Bell (Ambrosia Kelley), who is introduced to Beatrix and is told to go to her room. The two former assassins take a coffee break, during which Vernita apologizes for her doings in the past, and asks for mercy. When Beatrix refuses to forgive, Vernita attempts to shoot her with a hidden gun in a Kaboom cereal box, only for Beatrix to dodge the bullet and throw a knife which kills Vernita. Nikkia witnesses her mother's death, and is told by Beatrix that if one day Nikkia will want to avenge her mother's death, she will be waiting. Beatrix then leaves in a yellow pick-up truck.
Chapter 2: The blood-splattered BRIDE
A flashback reveals the Massacre at Two Pines that occurred during Beatrix and Tommy Plympton (Christopher Allen Nelson)'s wedding rehearsal, in which the members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad murdered all those present at the chapel. Beatrix, the only survivor of the massacre, goes into a coma. Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), one of the assassins, arrives at Beatrix's room and intends on injecting her with poison, only to be stopped by a phone call from Bill (David Carradine), who claims Beatrix deserves a more honorable death.
Four years later, Beatrix awakens from her coma to find that she is no longer pregnant. At this point, she believes that her unborn child did not survive. She attacks and kills Buck (Michael Bowen), an orderly in the hospital that has been raping her and using her for his prostitution services, and one of his customers, and steals the keys to Buck's pick-up truck, the Pussy Wagon.
Chapter 3: The Origin of O-Ren
While attempting to wiggle her big toe, Beatrix tells the story of O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu's past. When O-Ren was 9 years old, she witnessed her parents' deaths by a Japanese crime lord named Boss Matsumoto (Naomi Kusumi) and his accomplices. After both of her parents were slaughtered, her house was burned down. O-Ren swore revenge, and killed Matsumoto when she was 11 years old, thanks to the fact he was a pedophile. 9 years later, O-Ren became a well-known assassin, carrying out international missions.
A year after the Massacre at Two Pines, Bill financed O-Ren and helped her become the head of the Yakuza.
Chapter 4: The MAN From OKINAWA
Beatrix book a one-way ticket to the island of Okinawa, Japan. She tracked down a legendary swordsmith, Hattori Hanzō (Sonny Chiba), who also crafted Bill's sword. While pretending to demonstrate her lousy Japanese, Beatrix revealed her true reason for arriving at Japan: finding him. Although Hanzō at first was hesitant, he agreed to forge Beatrix her sword after learning of the "vermin" she intends to kill. The sword Hanzō made for Betrix was considered by himself the best katana sword he has ever made.
Chapter 5: Showdown at House of Blue Leaves
After exploring O-Ren's personal team (which included Sofie Fatale (Julie Dreyfus), Gogo Yubari (Chiaki Kuriyama), and Johnny Mo (Gordon Liu)), Beatrix arrived at Tokyo, where she tracked O-Ren down at her hangout location known as the House of Blue Leaves. While in the restroom, Beatrix recognizes Sofie's cell phone ringtone, the same one she had while she was present at the massacre. Calling out O-Ren's name, Beatrix chopped off Sofie's arm, and challenged O-Ren for a fight. O-Ren sent Gogo and her personal army, the Crazy 88, to defeat Beatrix, yet they all failed.
Following O-Ren, Beatrix faced her in the snowy garden of the club. O-Ren ridiculed Beatrix's abilities and intentions, and refused to believe Beatrix's sword was crafted by Hanzō. After a short duel, Beatrix sliced off the top of O-Ren's head, with her final words confirming Beatrix's sword to be one of Hanzō's.
After killing O-Ren, Beatrix made Sofie tell her all the information about the remaining Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. After doing so, Beatrix dropped Sofie off to a nearby hospital, where Bill visits her. He then asks Sofie if Beatrix knows her daughter is still alive, ending the movie on cliffhanger.
- Uma Thurman as Beatrix Kiddo
- Lucy Liu as O-Ren Ishii
- Chiaki Kuriyama as Gogo Yubari
- David Carradine as Bill
- Daryl Hannah as Elle Driver
- Vivica A. Fox as Vernita Green
- Julie Dreyfus as Sofie Fatale
- Naomi Kusumi as Boss Matsumoto (voice)
- Michael Madsen as Budd
- Gordon Liu as Johnny Mo
- Michael Parks as Earl McGraw
- Ambrosia Kelley as Nikkia Bell
- Michael Bowen as Buck
- Hikaru Midorikawa as Pretty Riki (voice)
- Jun Kunimura as Boss Tanaka