DVD Review: Zhang Yimou’s Blood Simple

Zhang Yimou’S Blood Simple

Stars: Sun Honglei, Xiao Shenyang, Yan Ni | Written by Jianquan Shi, Jing Shang | Directed by Zhang Yimou

What a fantastic film! I’m not really a fan of films with subtitles, however Zhang Yimou’s Blood Simple was a rare pleasure. The visual imagery, location scenery, and camera work are all on par with other great films from this amazing director.

The story is set around a handful of characters who work in, and run a noodle shop (‘Wangs Noodle Shop’) somewhere in China. As the film begins, we find the leading lady (wife of the noodle shop owner, Wang) being shown various forms of weaponry to hopefully purchase, by a travelling (Persian) salesman. The salesman demonstrates a sword, (with his swordsmanship and movement choreography within the scene clearly reminiscent of the directors work on House Of Flying Daggers) cylinder revolver, and a canon. However,
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Amazing Tales: Three Guns Trailer aka Zhang Yimou’s Blood Simple Remake

A trailer for Zhang Yimou’s “Amazing Tales: Three Guns” has popped up online, and it looks … interesting. Adapted by Jianquan Shi and Jing Shang, the Chinese remake of the Brothers Coens’ “Blood Simple” transplants the story into a period film set in a Chinese noodle shop, where the owner schemes to murder his adulterous wife and her lover, but things go awry, as they invariably always do in these type of situations. The comedy-crime thriller stars Honglei Sun, Dahong Ni, Ni Yan, Xiao Shen-Yang, Xiaojuan Wang, and is directed by Zhang Yimou of “The Curse of the Golden Flower” and “The House of Flying Daggers” fame. Plus, he also did some commie stuff recently.
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