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.

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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.

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