Quentin Tarantino makes weird movies. They're always interesting, they're often great — he won Academy Awards for Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained's screenplays — but they've got their own quirky sensibilities that some might call … weird.
In 2003, Tarantino teamed up with Uma Thurman for Kill Bill, the story of a bride, wronged, seeking her revenge, in two parts. At one point in the homage to kung fu action films, she travels to Japan to visit a character named Hattori Hanzo, who once created legendary samurai swords of unparalleled quality. But he's sworn an oath to stop making them.
The bride's story is so compelling — and her revenge so justified — that of course Hattori Hanzo forges her a sword. The mythos and the scenes surrounding the blade and its maker are Jedi lightsaber-esque in their reverence. The bride takes the blade and … well, that would be telling.
This week, in a video posted on AWE me's YouTube channel, a group of blacksmiths forged their own Hattori Hanzo sword, and you can watch the process in the video at the top of this article. The result is gorgeous.
If AWE me sounds familiar, it may be because it's the same YouTube series that's chronicled video game-inspired creations from franchises like Fire Emblem, God of War, Final Fantasy, The Elder Scrolls and Halo.
Tarantino's next film, The Hateful Eight, will be released this Christmas. It almost didn't happen, though. The script leaked online, and the writer/director considered scrapping the project. Then he reconsidered.
"No heroes, no Michael Landons," Tarantino told Deadline last year describing The Hateful Eight's plot. "Just a bunch of nefarious guys in a room, all telling backstories that may or may not be true. Trap those guys together in a room with a blizzard outside, give them guns, and see what happens."