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,