I saw Kill Bill this weekend. Like most Americans, I didn't have a chance of understanding all the nods and references Quentin Tarantino was making to Kung Fu cinema. I enjoyed a fun, violent as hell movie knowing all along that I wasn't really "getting" everything packed inside. The silhouetted swordplay scenes, the 100 (88) on 1 fight, the reverent homage paid to the samurai sword, etc. I just read this interview with Tarantino at japattack and now I know I didn't get it. Kill Bill is not parody, but the best analogy I can think of is really trying to enjoy Spinal Tap if you don't who Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath are. It's funny in its own right, but you don't split a gut laughing unless you're in on the joke.
If you saw the movie, the interview is really worth the read. QT talks about his movie world where samurai swords are not only allowed on airplanes, there is a special holder for them next to your seat. Everyone owns a samurai sword in this world. I also picked up on the acronym for the Deadly Viper Assassin Squad (DiVAS). Then why is Michael Madsen in this all-female killer club? I'm just guessing, but the fact that he played Mr. Blonde in Resevoir Dogs probably has something to do with it.
Tarantino's final shot of the interview on why he made Volumes 1 & 2:
This isn't an art film mediation on these movies. This is the genuine article. The real deal. And that was one of the ideas behind splitting it in half. There just seems something pretentious about a three hour exploitation film. But two! Two exploitation movies! That's ambitious.