Abigail Chan

She is a senior majoring in Lingustics and Anthropology, with minors in Chinese and Japanese. She studied abroad in Shanghai, China during Summer 2014. Her areas of interest includes Second Language Acquisition and East Asian relations. She hopes to continue traveling the world and learning new languages. Her favorite Quentin Tarantino film is Inglourious Basterds.

Olivia Bianchini

She is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in both Linguistics and Japanese with a certificate in Asian Studies. She graduated from Great Valley High School and has spent a year abroad in Tokyo, Japan. Her areas of interest are Japanese, Japanese linguistics, film, and international relations. Her favorite Quentin Tarantino films are Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol.2.

Quentin Tarantino


Born in Knoxville, Tenesse, Tarantino moved to California when he was four years old. In 1992, Tarantino's first film he wrote and directed, Reservoir Dogs, debuted and became an instant success. In 1994, Pulp Fiction was released and quickly became a cult classic. Pulp Fiction won him his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1995. Since then, Tarantino has been nominated in the same category for Inglourious Basterds in 2010 and winning the Oscar for Django Unchained in 2013. Tarantino has continued writing and directing films and occasionally television episodes.


The Films

Pulp Fiction

One of Tarantino's most famous movies, Pulp Fiction follows the stories of multiple characters. They include a gangster who believes in God's miracles, his partner who has to take care of his boss's wife, a boxer who went to far, and more. This can be said to have influenced pop culture far more than his other films.


Inglourious Basterds

"The Basterds" a group of American and European Jews and an ex-Nazi German wreak havoc throughout World War II France and Germany. Meanwhile, a French Jewish girl lives in the heart of Paris, keeping her head low until an opportunity arises. Though Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor at the 2010 Academy Awards, This film is the only one out of the three to have not won its nomination for Best Original Screenplay.


Django Unchained

Fighting their way through 1858 American South, a former slave named Django and a ex-dentist bounty hunter named Dr. Shultz kill criminals and stir up trouble. Meanwhile, they search for their Broomhilda, Django's wife and other half. This movie's opening weekend in the US has earned it over $30,000,000.


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