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40 Things You Didn’t Know About Quentin Tarantino Movies

02 January 2013 | Features, Other Lists | by David Zou

Kill Bill Vol.2

30. The Character Pai Mei is based on Pak Mei, the originator of the “White Eyebrow” kung fu technique. According to legend, Pak Mei was one of the few masters left following the decimation of the Buddhist temples, and later sold out other masters to save himself and his team during an attack they had mounted that subsequently went wrong. For this reason, Pak Mei Kung Fu has always been known as the “forbidden technique,” and Pak Mei himself has been a villainous figure in Chinese folklore and film for hundreds of years.

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31. From script to film, the Ten-Point Palm exploding heart technique is changed to the Five-Point Palm exploding heart technique.

32. Bill’s speech about Superman was in part inspired by “The Great Comic Book Heroes” a book by Jules Feiffer.

33. Pai Mei’s three inch punch is a reference to Bruce Lee’s three inch knockout punch.


Death Proof

34. In an interview with Newsweek, Quentin Tarantino stated he came up with the idea of “Death Proof” when he was talking to a friend about buying a car. Tarantino wanted to buy a Volvo because he “didn’t want to die in some auto accident like the one in Pulp Fiction”. In regards to the safety of the car, his friend had said, “Well, you could take any car and give it to a stunt team, and for $10,000 or $15,000, they can death-proof it for you.” The “death proof” phrase had stuck to Tarantino after that.



35. The film was physically scratched to achieve its dirty look, rather than digitally scratch the film footage.

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  • Steven Flores

    Here’s one added trivia concerning Pulp Fiction.

    During the production of the film, Wes Anderson and the Wilson brothers were invited to the set where they would meet production designer David Wasco who would be Anderson’s production designer in his first three films.

  • Alex Withrow

    Awesome work here, my friend.

    “The warehouse where the majority of the movie takes place was once a mortuary, and thus is full of coffins. Mr. Blonde doesn’t sit down on a crate, it’s actually an old hearse he perches on.”

    I never knew that!

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  • Kyle

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    • Taste of Cinema

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  • ryan fitz

    ”The passage from the Bible that Jules has memorized was mostly made up by Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson.”

    No it wasn’t it was completely ripped from a Sonny Chiba flick.