How to Forge the Hattori Hanzo Katana from ‘Kill Bill’

Given the gravitas that the katana wielded by Uma Thurman’s Black Mamba character in the cult Kill Bill franchise was afforded, it is no surprise that the weapon — forged in the films by the legendary Japanese blacksmith Hattori Hanzo — still captures the imagination of blade enthusiasts worldwide.

In the Man at Arms: Reforged YouTube series, Baltimore Knife and Sword enlisted the help of master armorer and engraver Ilya Alekseyev, accompanied by a five-man swordsmithing crew, to recreate the awe-inspiring blade by which no small number of baddies met a gruesome end in Quentin Tarantino’s epic.

Watch the video above and explore the rest of the series here.


8-Bit Cinema – Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2 Retold as an 8-Bit Animated Video Game

CineFix has released a new episode of 8-Bit Cinema that retells Quentin Tarantino‘s action films, Kill Bill Volume 1 and Volume 2, in the form of an 8-bit animated video game. It was written and animated by David Dutton of Dutton Films with music by Henry Dutton.

“Today we present Kill Bill in the form of an 8 bit video game! You get both volumes in one convenient video cartridge, packed with action and awesome finishing moves.”


Extra Butter collaborates with ASICS to present Kill Bill-inspired Gel Lyte V “Snake Charmer”


Image of Extra Butter x ASICS Gel Lyte V "Snake Charmer"

Closing out its ambitious “Death List 5″ collaboration with ASICSExtra Butter presents the Gel Lyte V Snake Charmer.” Inspired by the titular character from Kill Bill, the “Snake Charmer” features an upper composed of premium saddle brown leather and black suede with a purple paisley neoprene inner bootie, and a glossy black snakeskin ASICS logo. All this sits atop a cream-colored midsole with black heel accents and a brown outsole.

The “Snake Charmer” is set to release on February 7 at Extra Butter’s Rockville Centre location followed by a February 8 release at Extra Butter NYC. If you can’t make it to the in-store release don’t sweat, as the shoe will be available online from Extra Butter on Monday, February 10.

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Extra Butter collaborates with ASICS to present Kill Bill-inspired Gel Lyte V “Snake Charmer”


Extra Butter x ASICS GT-Cool “Sidewinder”

New York’s Extra Butter and ASICS present their latest collaborative release with the new GT-CoolSidewinder.” Part of Extra Butter’s Kill Bill-inspired “Death List 5″ collection, the shoe features an upper that combines denim, leather and a Hawaiian print with light blue laces and black snakeskin striping.

An ode to Sidewinder’s conflicted character, the Extra Butter x ASICS GT-Cool “Sidewinder” will be available beginning January 4.

On January 2, tickets for the release will be given out at both Extra Butter locations from 7-8 p.m. EST, obtaining a ticket will guarantee your pair and size for pickup on January 4. The shoe will also be available online beginning January 6 at 8 p.m. EST.


Director Sion Sono on his film “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?” and the absurdities in the film industry

Sion Sono

Japanese director Sion Sono wants to set the records straight: It was Bruce Lee and not Quentin Tarantino who transformed the yellow jumpsuit into a piece of film iconography.

Sono has been fielding questions all day about Tarantino’s influence on his film “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?” which premiered to an enthusiastic reception out of the main competition at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday.

The raucous gangster drama telling the story of a young filmmaker aiming at cinematic greatness is full of over-the-top graphic violence, and a would-be action star wears a yellow jumpsuit, as sported by Uma Thurman in Tarantino’s “Kill Bill.”

“I speak as head of the `Bruce Lee Fan Club,'” Sono said in an interview. “Everyone is talking about the yellow tracksuit as something from Tarantino, but that is very sad for me. The original idea was Bruce Lee’s, and now everyone thinks it came from Tarantino.”

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Director Sion Sono on his film “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?” and the absurdities in the film industry