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A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop -- The owner of a Chinese noodle shop's scheme to murder his adulterous wife and her lover goes awry.

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Director:
Writers:
Jianquan Shi (screenplay) &
Jing Shang (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
11 December 2009 (China) See more »
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Plot:
The owner of a Chinese noodle shop's scheme to murder his adulterous wife and her lover goes awry. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Seeing through the absurd See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Honglei Sun ... Zhang
Xiao Shen-Yang ... Li
Ni Yan ... Wang's wife
Dahong Ni ... Wang
Ye Cheng ... Zhao
Mao Mao ... Chen

Benshan Zhao ... The Captain
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ran Cheng ... Male Prisoner
Julien Gaudfroy ... Persian trader
Shuo Huang ... Male Prisoner
Wenting LI ... Female Prisoner
Sisi Wang ... Female Prisoner
Xiaojuan Wang
Na Wei ... Persian Woman

Directed by
Yimou Zhang 
 
Writing credits
Jianquan Shi (screenplay) &
Jing Shang (screenplay)

Ethan Coen  1984 screenplay Blood Simple
Joel Coen  1984 screenplay Blood Simple

Produced by
William Kong .... producer
Weiping Zhang .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lin Zhao 
 
Cinematography by
Xiaoding Zhao (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peicong Meng 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent Ma .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Steve Burgess .... sound re-recording mixer
Wei He .... sound mixer
Hongrui Ji .... sound effects editor
Peng Jiang .... sound recordist
Jiajia Mok .... sound effects editor
Blair Slater .... foley recordist & editor
Qiuqiu Sun .... dialogue editor
Jing Tao .... supervising sound editor
Yijing Zhang .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
David Chen .... digital compositor
Yann Doray .... compositing supervisor
Julie Fischer .... visual effects producer
Lani Greenhill .... cg modeler: BlackGinger
Lani Greenhill .... texture artist: BlackGinger
Marc Horsfield .... digital effects supervisor
Yanming Jiang .... visual effects supervisor
Phil Jones .... visual effects supervisor
Neilan Naicker .... visual effects: BlackGinger
Gu Pinghu .... visual effects coordinator
Marco Raposo de Barbosa .... compositing supervisor
Ashley Ryan .... digital compositor
George Webster .... compositing supervisor
 
Stunts
Hua Cao .... assistant stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Shaofeng Cheng .... assistant gaffer
Raymond Lam .... AR steadicam operator
Raymond Lam .... camera operator
 
Other crew
Matt Garner .... creative consultant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"San qiang pai an jing qi" - China (original title)
"A Simple Noodle Story" - Hong Kong (English title), International (English title)
"The First Gun" - International (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some violence
Runtime:
95 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta) | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Hong Kong:IIA | Japan:G | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | USA:R (certificate #46214)

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The noodle dish cooked in the film
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15 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Seeing through the absurd, 23 August 2010
Author: kosmasp

I watched this in Berlin at the Festival there and unfortunately I was sitting near an older couple who were commenting on the movie. You read this right, they were old and commenting on what happened on screen in a despicable way. Their view of the film is also the view some others have (see the rating for that), still it was a bit annoying hearing them while watching.

One of the most common point that gets criticized, is that this is not worthy for a man like Yimou. I don't think it is fair to write something like that, but it's always how a viewer will watch this movie. With what expectation one goes into a movie. If you let yourself see through the comedic set pieces and the absurdity of most of them (you could call it slapstick, a movie that would be considered a master piece in another era of movie making), you can see a very human drama.

Not only that, but many human flaws that are on display here, that are hiding behind the comedy. What is not hiding though, is the phenomenal cinematography. The colors, the set pieces (designs) and the choreographed action is all in place here. There's even symbolism here, that I didn't catch (read some of the other reviews for that, the ones with a spoiler tag). A movie that you can enjoy as a silly comedy, or as a high concept drama ... or of course dismiss entirely as "silly".

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