HOLLYWOOD — Like “Kill Bill Vol. 1,” Quentin Tarantino‘s homage to everything from old kung-fu pics to spaghetti Westerns, the film’s after-party presented some raucous aesthetic juxtapositions Monday night.
The old Hollywood Athletic Club gymnasium had been redone into the pic’s Japanese restaurant the House of Blue Leaves, and after a few songs from Japanese all-girl rock band the 5,6,7,8’s, rapper The RZA took the stage.
Right up front was Tarantino, leading the dancing (yes, actually dancing) crowd. All one can say after Tarantino stopped waving his arms in the air to take the mike and proclaim, “We kicked the shit out of that joint!” is, well, it was just that kind of night.
Tarantino, who had spent the weekend putting final touches on edits and sound, said he was having a blast showing off his first pic in six years, “It’s a real audience movie, so it’s fun to watch. If I were doing more of an art movie, I wouldn’t want to do a premiere.”
Of the much discussed decision to release “Kill Bill” in two parts, Tarantino said it was easy to cut the film for a four-month intermission. “Once I knew I could do it, I went away for an hour and thought about it and figured it all out.”
Miramax co-chair Harvey Weinstein said he’s happy with the two-part plan. “Now that you watch this, it was two hours long and the next one will probably be longer. Why sit there for four hours, man? And like Quentin says, these are grindhouse movies, B moviemaking on an extraordinary scale.”
Others cheering Tarantino’s fourth film were stars Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, David Carradine, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen and Daryl Hannah, producer Lawrence Bender and Miramax execs Meryl Poster and Erica Steinberg. Guests included Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Wilmer Valderrama, rockers Anthony Kiedis and Henry Rollins and helmers Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez and Todd Phillips.