Let the Bullets Fly [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
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An old school Western at its core, Let the Bullets Fly has the dusty old look of a John Ford film, with Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo also a clear influence. Don't be confused by seeing so many stylistically different directors referenced, as the film mashes up and switches genres at the drop of a hat, making for a wildly off balance experience that is an absolute blast.
Set in 1920s China, the story begins with an expertly staged train robbery by a bandit leader who claims to be the infamous "Pocky" Zhang(Jiang Wen). The only people left alive are Tang(Feng Xiaogang), a jittery con man who has bought the governorship of a place called Goose Town after the guy who was supposed to take over died en route. Along with him is the old governor's treacherous wife, now Tang's mistress. Zhang, who sees a chance to earn some real cash in Goose Town, spares Tang's life but assumes his identity as the governor, bringing the weaselly trickster along as his couselor.
Their arrival in Goose Town is met with drums and much celebration, except there's one who isn't so happy to see them make it safely.Read more ›
The best description of the overall tone is sardonic. The music is almost entirely low-key western classical stuff that adds to the sense of irony.. All performances were excellent, but Jiang Wen's performance went above and beyond. The direction is tight and the story is both interesting, clever and oddly satisfying. The ending is delicious.
Very highly recommended. I watched the film in Mandarin with English subtitles. There is an English dub which I didn't listen to. I find the dubs lack the subtle tonal shading given by the on-screen performers.
The premise of the film is how a honorable enough bandit leader can take the control of town away from the human and drug trafficking kingpin who runs it. Jiang Wen plays the bandit leader, Pockmarked Zhang. Zhang robs a train with a man on it named Ma Bangde, played by Ge You, an aspiring politician. Ma Bangde has bought himself a governorship and is on his way to collect. During the robbery Ma's counselor dies and Ma faced with Zhang who is looking for a rich governor. So, Ma lies saying he is the counselor, and that his dead counselor was really the governor to be, hoping Zhang will let him go. With that information, Zhang decides to use Ma's expertise to take on the governorship Ma was supposed to take over for himself. Upon arriving at the city Zhang is immediately pitted against the local crime boss, Master Huang, played by Chow Yun-fat. These two characters interacting is almost like John Wayne meeting Al Capone. They engage in a battle of wits and will for the life of the poor little place called Goose Town.
The movie moves fast, much like the time period it is set in.Read more ›
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These 4 and 5 star reviews are obviously people associated with the production. I made it half way through and didn't have a clue what was going on. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. P. Florio
If you can figure out what the hell is going on or what it is supposed to be about you are doing better than me. I made it to about halfway. Read morePublished 10 months ago by anime dreamer
Enjoyed one scene out of the entire movie.
Spending any more than $1 on this would be a waste of cash. Watching it is a waste of time.
Entertaining and informative; includes a look at fortified buildings in old China and the only movie where I recall seeing a horse drawn train. Well worth the view.Published 13 months ago by Johnny999
Not for us! Americans, MAYBE if you are into English, Chinese HUMOR.Published 15 months ago by Unhappy fellow
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