The made-for-Japan version of Kill Bil: Vol 1 was packing theatres following its October 25 release, beating out Days Of The Sun and Identity for the number one spot over the weekend. (The chart below covers the previous week)
Among the differences with the US version were the use of colour throughout the climatic House of Blue Leaves scene, extra shots in several other scenes and a longer animated sequence. Also, Quentin Tarantino dedicated the Japanese version to idol Kinji Fukasaku, the director of the hyper-violent Battle Royale. "People in Japan have grow up watching yakuza movies and more violent movies," producer Lawrence Bender said, explaining the Japanese version's more graphic edge. "They're not used to watching those kinds of movies in the United States.. Americans just can't take as much as Japanese."