ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 19: Quentin Tarantino attends the close encounter red carpet during the 16th Rome Film Fest 2021 on October 19, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)
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Apocalypse Now: Redux Made Quentin Tarantino Reconsider An Entire Chapter Of Kill Bill
Quentin Tarantino’s action-packed kung fu/Western revenge movie, “Kill Bill,” marked a shift in the director’s career as he was mostly known for writing great dialogue, not his ability to create visual spectacles. This project underwent many changes before the film began shooting, with Tarantino reportedly cutting the entire “Yuki’s Revenge” chapter from the movie because of “Apocalypse Now: Redux.”
The extra footage from “Redux” reintegrated the French Plantation sequence into the film, serving as a pause in the crew’s mission to find Marlon Brando’s renegade Colonel Kurtz. While the sequence is beautifully shot and features some fantastic performances, it ultimately killed the film’s momentum, leading to the decision to cut the section from the theatrical release.
Tarantino cites this momentum-killing sequence as his reason for removing the “Yuki’s Revenge” chapter from “Kill Bill.” The director explained, “I’m watching and I go, ‘I’m dealing with a three and a half-hour movie. Yuki’s revenge is going to be the first to go. I’m going to kill myself shooting it, it’s going to cost $1 million and it’s going to be the first thing to go, so I can’t do it.’”