Thursday, August 03, 2006

Best movie trailer ever - Kill Bill Trailer 1

The Trailer for Kill Bill Vol I is, in my opinion (notice it's not humble today), the best trailer that has ever been made for any movie. Every time I see the trailer I want to see the film again. The music is perfect - one cannot go without the other.

At one point Lucy Liu says to her henchmen "Ya shima na" which I am guessing translates to something like "beat her to a pulp and bring me the juicy bits." I have in the past asked a Japanese friend of mine what ya shima na means but she did not know.

The only dialogue in the trailer is:
Lucy Liu: "You didn't think it was going to be that easy did you?"
Uma Thurman: "You know, for a second there, yeah, I kinda did."

There is another exchange that I particularly enjoyed which was between Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman) and Elle Driver (played by Daryl Hannah). Kiddo unsheathes Budd's Hattori Hanso sword.
Elle: "Budd told me that he had pawned his sword."
Kiddo: "I guess that would make him a liar now wouldn't it?"
…and then they go on to a fight scene that made it to the top 5 film fights for that year on the MTV film fight award list. I'm not sure if it won or not. I leave that as an exercise for the reader to lookup on the web and post as a comment to this posting. (i.e. I'm too lazy/busy/useless to search and find it myself.)

Anyway, I thought of something that I thought would be amusing - I did this about 2 years ago. I set up the video camera to record me looking straight ahead and then I slowly turned to face the camera and with a straight face said: "Andy says that he's better than me at golf." I then spliced in the part of Kill Bill where Uma Thurman says "I guess that would make him a liar now wouldn't it?"

I thought that this was hilarious. I sent it off to Andy but got no response. When I talked to him sometime later I asked him what he thought. "I couldn't really hear what she said," he said. Maybe it wasn't that funny...


Anonymous said...

the japanese have surnames like yakamoto and kawasaki. the chinese have short surnames like ling, fan, or liu. so unless your japanese friend spoke chinese i'm not surprised they never knew what it meant.

Guy Ellis said...

I forgot that you spoke Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese Mike. Perhaps you can let us know what "ya shima na" means. I have ABSOLUTELY no doubt that you have the best translation out there. With baited breath I wait... :)

Anonymous said...

nothing outrageously funny has sprung to mind, so i take a noble step backwards, a man beaten.

Guy Ellis said...

Dont' give up so quickly Mike. There is no time limit for a witty response. You have the rest of your life to think of one. Make it your life goal.