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A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop [Blu-ray] (2010)

Sun Hunglei , Xiao Shenyang , Zhang Yimou  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sun Hunglei, Xiao Shenyang
  • Directors: Zhang Yimou
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KKY9W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,106 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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It looks like a perfect plan: the affair will come to a cruel but satisfying end when a Chinese noodle shop owner plots to execute his unfaithful wife and her lover. But the lover has a lethal plan of his own in this violent tale of adultery and revenge based on the Coen Brother’s debut classic Blood Simple.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Noodles September 4, 2010
This is a Chinese film (English subtitles) based on the 1984 Coen brothers' production of Blood Simple. I think both films are excellent and would be hard pressed to rank one above the other.

The basic story: Cheaters are discovered. Cuckolded husband is most unhappy and makes plans. Plans veer off course. People get . . . injured.

The eighties version was set in present-day Texas. The 2010 production is set in a small noodle shop surrounded by a desolate lunar-like desert region. The shots involving this landscape are somewhat surreal and often spectacular. The time may be the 1700's or 1800's; it's when guns were still a novelty in remote parts of China, and people rode their mustangs instead of driving their Mustangs. Time and place are significant factors in the Chinese movie; they are virtually irrelevant in the Coen brothers' film.

Director Zhang Yimou's version definitely has more comedy than the original. There's scarcely a giggle in the dark eighties tale. Related to this, a fundamental difference between the films is the portrayal of the wife's boyfriend. Actor John Getz's Ray is far more believable than Xiao Shenyang's Li. Li emerges as a strangely innocent buffoon. He provides a big part of the comic relief that is lacking in the original. There are also two helpers in the noodle shop who generate grins.

Yan Ni, portraying the Chinese cheating wife, brings a lot more passion to the film than Frances McDormand brought to the original. Sun Honglei is great as the ruthless and greedy police officer, Zhang. M. Emmet Walsh was also great as the slimy, slovenly detective, Loren Visser, who, like Zhang, equates infidelity with opportunity.

You don't have to see the original film to enjoy the recent production. But I did find it most entertaining to compare the two.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Hollywood buzz about this movie was mostly negative with lots of comments about it being overly acted and overly directed. Frankly, I found the movie excellent with many flashes of the cast and director's great talent. The location of the Noodle shop on the edge of a great painted desert-like wilderness reminded the audience of an early 2,000 year-old version of the Howard Johnson chain motels and cafes. These inns were placed along roads so that travelers wouldn't starve or run out of water. The only thing that was missing was a series of stone signs reading "Last Water Stop For Two Day's Walk."
The movie was kind of slap-stick Chinese Theater, but it worked fine. Much has been made out of the director's adaptation, actually homage, of the Cohen Brother's movie "Blood Simple," but frankly most people won't even recognize that. This story works just as well in Chinese cinema as it did in America. The humor is funny, the characters are large and obvious, but oh so human. As is the usual case with this legendary director, the cinematography is wonderful. Some of the landscapes are stunning. Over-all the film also has a Clint Eastwood, Italian Western feeling about it. It's kind of a successful chop suey-spaghetti western. It's a very entertaining escape from the boring daily routine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the only 6 star film I'll reconmend. June 4, 2012
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The number of films I've seen more than 9 times within 3 months is limited to one: " A women, A gun and a Noodle shop". This is a remake of the film, "Blood Simple". That fact will not get in the way of the greatness of this film. I've never seen silence used in such a craftful matter. there are times when the quiet takes on the lead story telling point. You owe it to yourself to give this film a watch. I believe this is a true "sleeper".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun February 9, 2012
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Another film that was showing in selected theaters only - not where I live!!!!! Couldn't wait to get this one after seeing a brief trailer. This movie was a lot of fun. I enjoyed the whole shabang. Easy to watch, great goofy characters, comedy, fantastic landscape, wonderful cartoon costumes, sillyness, and wonders abound. Fast paced beginning - a total improbable romp that is eye poping. Very hollywood, but with a Chinese sensibility.
Recommended for the "noodle dish" acrobatics as well. Made me want to chow down on those darned noodles!
Wonderful cinemaphotography - whats new - Zhang Yimou is an absolute master of cinemaphotography.
Go for it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars COEN CLASSIC GOES ASIAN June 30, 2011
In 1984 two film making brothers, Ethan and Joel Cohen, bust on the scene with a film called BLOOD SIMPLE. The film offered a philandering wife, a sleazy bar owner and a man who'd kill for money. Stylishly made it put the Cohen brothers on the map and led to a string of hits that culminated last year with TRUE GRIT. It also resulted in being remade in China under the name A WOMAN, A GUN AND A NOODLE SHOP.

The movie this time around changes not just locations but time period as well. Taking place in the not too distant past, a woman purchases a gun during the opening sequence. She is the wife of Wang, the owner of the noodle shop and a woman unhappy in her marriage. As we find out, she was purchased and nightly punished by her husband, Wang. It's little wonder she's taken up with one of his employees, Li.

The movie shifts back and forth from drama to comedy depending on the circumstances and actors involved. Li comes off as a bit of a buffoon, always concerned that the boss will find out about their indiscretion and do him harm. The wife (as she is known) shows less concern and more of a plotting attitude, not planning on killing her husband but still attempting to find a way out of the marriage and into the arms of Li.

As for Wang he appears to be an older man who knows his wealth buys him power. So much so that when he learns of the affair between his wife and Li, he asks a policeman/solider named Zhang to kill them both for a fee. They discuss the amount and Wang goes to his safe to retrieve the money for Zhang who sees just how much the safe holds.

The culmination of these events, the purchase of the gun, the affair, the planned murder and what happens to each of these characters makes for an interesting story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd
This is an odd movie,I expected more marshal arts action but the story was ok without it .And shipper done great, got item as described and on time.
Published 1 month ago by cyndylu
5.0 out of 5 stars funny, thrilling and beautiful
a very funny film.
a thriller.
and beautifully photographed.
the Coen brothers should be proud of this adaptation of their film.
Published 2 months ago by George J Kunze
4.0 out of 5 stars Three shots and your out (spoilerless review)
Director Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers/HOFD) switched more than daggers for a gun in this Chinese black comedy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Woman, A Gun & a Noodle Shop
This is a great movie - by that I mean it's funny, and it's interesting, and it gives you a view of a country and culture American's aren't that familiar with. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sha
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny movie,little in action
I enjoyed the comedy but the action was lacking for me.It kept me interested and I did'nt fall asleep.So I did like it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by 50GMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Having read too many reviews, I'm still not certain --
whether "Blood Simple" is a comedy; an over-the-top/pushing the envelope suspense-drama-murder-mystery; or both (I don't see anything funny in it). Read more
Published 12 months ago by JNagarya
5.0 out of 5 stars A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop
I needed to watch this for a compare and contrast college assignment, comparing Blood Simple, by the Coen Brothers. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Vickie Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Wanted to Own It
I saw this on HBO or some premium channel and loved it. Left such an impression, I just wanted to own a copy so I can watch whenever I want.
Published 16 months ago by djfgreene
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop"
The "A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop" is a very hilarious, noir film, spectacular views and color that I have enjoyed since its arrival. DVD in impeccable and mint condition.
Published on December 3, 2011 by Bel
3.0 out of 5 stars "Blood Simple" in China
In the opening of Yimou Zhang's "A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop," a young wife of a tyrannical noodle shop owner buys a gun with three bullets from a traveling Persian merchant. Read more
Published on September 25, 2011 by Tsuyoshi
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