A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

A Chinese re-imagining of the 1985 directorial debut of Joel and Ethan Coen, Blood Simple. Transposing the Coen’s mix of dark humor and suspense to China, the film is helmed by Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) - "a black comedy thriller, an exposé of how intense desires can consume humanity, and the irony that life never submits to our calculations".

Wang (Honglei Sun) is a miserable yet cunning noodle shop owner in a desert town. Wang’s wife is having an affair with Li (Xiao Shen-Yang), one of his employees.  Not a single move they make escapes the boss’s notice, and he decides to bribe patrol officer Zhang to murder the illicit couple. It looks like a perfect plan: the affair will come to a cruel but satisfying end - or so he thinks. But the equally wicked Zhang has an agenda of his own that will lead to more violence…

200995 minsChinaMandarin with English Subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
Director:
Yimou Zhang ('Curse of the Golden Flower', 'House of Flying Daggers')
Writer:
Jing ShangJianquan Shi
Cast:
Honglei SunXiao Shen-YangNi YanDahong NiBenshan Zhao
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weirdly enjoyable

Being unfamiliar with Blood Simple, I watched this expecting the unexpected, and that's what I got. It looks fantastic, starts out wacky then slowly gets much darker but even the last line is wacky in context. Great to look at, very different and engrossing, hugely enjoyable fun. See it.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Western audiences familiar with "Blood Simple" will get a kick out of the reinventions.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The director Zhang Yimou honors the unlikely affinity between himself and Joel and Ethan Coen with a remake of their movie "Blood Simple."

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

I will say that the attempt to reinterpret the memorable closing shot of "Blood Simple" is so gauche and graceless that I involuntarily moaned in disgust. I docked the film another half-star just for that.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Zhang Yimou's remake of the Coen brothers' "Blood Simple" as a Chinese period thriller-farce in a desert setting. A high-rolling but garish production with untranslatable regional ribald humor, it is aimed squarely at the China market.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An interesting interpretation but stick with the original.

3.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Zhang Yimou is a fabulous manipulator of colour and movement, and his film looks gorgeous from first frame to last.

Variety

Variety

press

Western audiences familiar with "Blood Simple" will get a kick out of the reinventions.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The director Zhang Yimou honors the unlikely affinity between himself and Joel and Ethan Coen with a remake of their movie "Blood Simple."

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

I will say that the attempt to reinterpret the memorable closing shot of "Blood Simple" is so gauche and graceless that I involuntarily moaned in disgust. I docked the film another half-star just for that.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Zhang Yimou's remake of the Coen brothers' "Blood Simple" as a Chinese period thriller-farce in a desert setting. A high-rolling but garish production with untranslatable regional ribald humor, it is aimed squarely at the China market.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An interesting interpretation but stick with the original.

3.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Zhang Yimou is a fabulous manipulator of colour and movement, and his film looks gorgeous from first frame to last.

weirdly enjoyable

Being unfamiliar with Blood Simple, I watched this expecting the unexpected, and that's what I got. It looks fantastic, starts out wacky then slowly gets much darker but even the last line is wacky in context. Great to look at, very different and engrossing, hugely enjoyable fun. See it.

3.0