Schoolgirl Bodyguard Gogo Yubari
In famed director Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003), actress Chiaki Kuriyama plays the role of sadistic Japanese assassin and bodyguard Gogo Yubari, and is dressed throughout the film in a kilted school uniform. Gogo Yubari was not conjured out of thin air, but the inspiration from a long line of cinematic tough girls. Make that tough schoolgirls. Girls in sailor suits and blazers wielding weapons, ready to rumble.
Gogo’s disturbed mind and vicious penchant for killing is displayed when she offers herself to a drunken man in a bar and then disembowels him, asking him, “Do you still wish to penetrate me?… Or is it I who has penetrated you?”. Gogo spears men through the heart with impunity, associating the image of power and violence with the formerly innocent garments of young girls.
After living a life of violence, Gogo joins the Yakuza gang and, along with Johnny Mo, takes orders from O-Ren as her personal bodyguard. Her fighting style is a combination of wushu techniques using chain whip and rope dart.