Friday, October 29, 2004

"Bun Bun," in the Japanese Dialect

So the roommate has this “Kill Bill” poster above his computer. It’s on the opposite wall from where I sleep, so more often than not it’s the first thing I see when I wake up: Uma in the yellow and black tracksuit with semi-transparent images of Bill, Gogo, Elle and Pai Mei behind her. Looking at that track suit, I realized that the movie is rife with bee symbolism I hadn’t noticed before.

I think the most obvious example of this occurs in the last chapter of Volume Two. In the Salina hotel room, Bill is explaining to Beatrix that he ambushed her wedding in order to help her realize her true nature as a warrior. “You're a renegade killer bee, not a worker bee," he says. And he’s right. I hadn’t realized before, but during the last chapter of Volume One, the film very clearly portrays her as a killer bee. Like a bee’s stripes, Beatrix sports all yellow and black, ignoring the bloodstains. She literally is wearing a yellow jacket. And she wears this in the scene in which she kills the most people. Furthermore, on the flight into Tokyo, the soundtrack plays the Al Hirt trumpet version of “Flight of the Bumblebee,” which just happens to be the theme song to the old TV show, “The Green Hornet.”

So yeah, a lot of bees, which means throughout the movie, the character gets referred to as
  • a bee
  • a lioness — “The lioness has rejoined her cub and all is right in the jungle”
  • a snake — “Black Mamba”
  • and a rabbit — “Silly rabbit… Tricks are for kids.”
And that is the end of that.

Oh, and the tour guide lady at the Library of Congress was right; it actually is the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen in the United States.

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