It is, Tarantino says, the ultimate exploitation movie but, as the body (and severed limb) count rises, it's either numbing or comic, according to your taste. And this is merely part one with part two of the three-hour epic due out next year.
Even an off-form Tarantino offering will be avidly devoured by a creative community that has plundered his scripts and visual style - and the badass posturing of his characters - so freely in the past.
Film: Kill Bill (part one)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Release date: 10 October (part two scheduled for 2004)