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The Legend of Pai Mei
David Carradine and Uma Thurman Lyrics

David Carradine:

Once upon a time in China
Some believe around the year, one-double knot-three.
Head priest of The White Lotus Clan Pai Mei
Was walking down the road
Contemplating whatever a man with Pai Mei's infinite power would contemplate
Which is another way of saying, who knows.
When, a Shaolin monk appeared on the road traveling in the opposite direction.

As the monk and the priest crossed paths...
Pai Mei in a practically unfathomable display of generosity
Gave the monk the slightest of nods.
The nod, was not returned.

Now was it the intention of the Shaolin monk to insult Pai Mei?
Or, did he just fail to see the generous social gesture?
The motives of the monk, remain unknown.
What is known, were the consequences.

The next morning Pai Mei appeared at the Shaolin Temple,
And demanded that the temple's head Abbot offer Pai Mei his neck to repay the insult.
The Abbot, at first, tried to console Pai Mei, only to find, Pai Mei was inconsolable.

So began, the massacre of the Shaolin Temple,
And all sixty of the monks inside,
At the fists of the White Lotus.
And so began, the legend of Pai Mei's Five-Point Palm
Exploding Heart Technique.

Uma Thurman:

And what praytell
Is a five-point palm
Exploding heart technique?

Contributed by Joseph J. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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Comments from YouTube:

Manuel Pirino

I love it that we re just ok with Pai Mei being at least 1000 years old.

Thomas Martin

Jago Shogun so he says. He wouldn’t give up the secret if he wasn’t

Jago Shogun

@Thomas Martin its the same pai mei

Thomas Martin

I assumed he left out a part where Pai Mei chooses a new Pai Mei before he dies

MC Mark Markson

Even death doesn't want to cross Pai Mei


It once more shows us that Tarantino is a true master of cinema and gives it to us in its purest form. It is not about historical and definetely not about political correctness. It is not necessarily anf primarily there to make any important philosophical statements about humanity. It is there to entertain. It is there to take people away from daily life, from their reality. Tarantino is a true master in doing this.

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I love, that Tarantino does not show the story but rather lets David Carradine narrate it in its entirety. It could have made for an awesome action scene, but with the vivid narration, everyone has an own story of Pai Mei in his head, as it is with legends.

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It definitely builds the tension for when The Bride first meets him.

Emily Norris

Also Bill and Beatrix moment


And we get to see Uma Thurman looking gorgeous

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