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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Restaurant: Gonpachi

If you have ever watched Kill Bill Vol. 1, you will probably remember the bloody battle scenes from a restaurant where Uma Thurman goes on a massive killing spree against criminal members of the Tokyo underground.

Perhaps less known is the fact that director Quentin Tarantino got the idea for this fighting scene while visiting a famous Tokyo restaurant called Gonpachi (see photo below).

 Inside of Gonpachi restaurant in Tokyo (Nishi-Azabu location) which
inspired the fighting scene in Kill Bill Vol. 1. 

The movie restaurant — which is actually a set built in studios in China — is not an exact copy but it looks very much like the actual one.

Watch this fighting scene between The Bride (Uma Thurman) and Gogo Yubari (Chiaki Kuriyama) in the restaurant (named The House of Blue Leaves in the film):

Despite its nearly legendary status, the prices in Gonpachi are relatively inexpensive. For instance, you can get decent lunch for as low as about 1000 Yen (about $12).

Gonpachi has several locations in Japan: four in Tokyo (G-Zone Ginza, Nishi-Azabu, Odaiba, Shibuya) and one in Fukuoka (Tenjin).

Gonpachi restaurant official web site can be found here (in English).


R Montalban said...

We wanted to eat in this place when we visited Tokyo but never had the time to in the end - perhaps another time!

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Melody said...

That's awesome!
I want to gooo~ And I love the fight scene between them ! At one point when I had a straight fringe sister said I looked like Gogo :\ I don't know if that was a good thing or a bad thing but oh wells !