Twice now Ill be reviewing a movie after it arrived on DVD. I dont make it to the theatres too often because quite honestly most movies arent worth it. This movie would have been worth it, and it may prompt me to see Kill Bill Vol. 2. in theatres. This is an interesting movie. It is simultaneously many different kinds of movies at once. In so being, it is everything it is supposed to be, and nothing it neednt be. Elements of anime, Dirty Harry cynicism and that genre, comic books, Bruce Lee kung-fu and that genre, and what can only be called Tarantino and his penchant for jumping around in the timeline of a story are all obvious, and accompanied by an appropriately diverse soundtrack. The soundtrack was great, incidentally. Violence is one thing this movie is not short on, but as the movie is primarily about violent revenge that shouldnt come as a surprise. But the violence comes in two distinct varieties. On the one hand, the opening segment before the credits being the best example, the violence can be cruel, and jarring, and uncomfortable. While watching the opening sequence I wondered exactly what type of movie this was. On the other hand in numerous instances the violence is appropriately cartoonish, with amputations and ridiculously exaggerated spurting blood. The writing is clever with just the right amount of humour thrown in at odd moments, and just the right amount of cheesy props and situations. The story is outlandish, cartoonish, and almost unnecessary to the point of the movie. I say almost. Enough important moments are thrown in, and acted out well by Uma, for us to understand the anger behind the Brides motivation. Uma delivers a believable emotionally wrenching performance in one instance while later admirably participating in the flat-out foolery of another instance. Not too much is explained by way of Vivica Foxs character, but a good deal of time is spent describing the origin of O-Ren Shii ( the beautiful Lucy Liu ) and her ascension to the head of the Yakuza (I love the scene where she solidifies her control). I'm going to type this in English, because I mean it: This was a very good movie in my opinion, worth a rent. If you like Tarantino, you may as well just go buy it, because Im fairly certain youll love it. Incidentally, does anyone know why it it says The Fourth Film by Quentin Tarantino?