The Carrucans of Kurrajong

In film parlance, an Easter Egg is an intentional hidden message, in-joke or feature in a movie. One of the well known ones occurs in the Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill 2.

In a short sequence in the film, the herione enters a Mexican brothel to talk to the owner Esteban who is reading a book. When he puts the book down, the camera zooms in on the front cover - the book title is The Carrucan's of Kurrajong.

The Carrucans of Kurrajong

This is not a real book; the book functions not only as a prop but as an inside joke. It's a tribute to a member of the film crew, Jasmine Yuen Carrucan. Kurrajong is a town in Australia; Jasmine Yuen Carrucan is Australian. She was the editorial production assistant and second assistant camera.

You can see this short sequence on YouTube at

Jasmine cut her teeth in movies for many years, working in the camera department on big name films like Kill Bill 1 and 2, The Last Samurai, and Deepa Mehta’s Water. More recently (2008), she wrote and directed her first film, Cactus, the story of a man who is hired to kidnap someone and then goes on a wild journey in the Australian outback with the hostage. Cactus is described as an intense ride with stellar performances by Bryan Brown, Travis McMahon, and David Lyons.

And that's not the only reference to the Carrucan surname in Tarantino movies. She teamed up again with Tarantino in the 2012 movie Django Unchained where Django is a slave formerly from the Carrucan Plantation and Bruce Dern plays a character named Old Man Carrucan.