When this billboard first went up in 2008 and images of it began circulating, accusations of “Fake!” and “Photoshop!” were made by forum trogs across the internet. Understandable. But it was the real deal, erected in promotion for the government-owned TV2’s debut of Kill Bill: Vol. 1. Yes, a state-run television station paid for this tangible bloody mess of an installation, complete with prop cars strewn around one of the busiest intersections in Auckland.
Where was this idea when the movie was theatrically released in the US? Instead we got two versions of the poster: one featuring the Bride holding her katana, dressed in her trademark yellow tracksuit and Asics Onitsuka Tigers, and another that depicted a close-up of a hand holding the sword overtop Japanese characters. Typical, unimaginative, safe Hollywood crap.
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