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A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (2009)

San qiang pai an jing qi (original title)
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The owner of a Chinese noodle shop's scheme to murder his adulterous wife and her lover goes awry.

Director:

Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Zhengchao Xu (screenplay), Jianquan Shi (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Honglei Sun ... Zhang
Shenyang Xiao ... Li
Ni Yan ... Wang's Wife
Dahong Ni ... Wang
Ye Cheng Ye Cheng ... Zhao
Mao Mao ... Chen
Julien Gaudfroy Julien Gaudfroy ... Persian Merchant
Benshan Zhao ... Patrol Team Commander
Na Wei Na Wei ... Persian Woman
Sisi Wang Sisi Wang ... Female Prisoner
Wenting LI Wenting LI ... Female Prisoner
Ran Cheng Ran Cheng ... Male Prisoner
Shuo Huang Shuo Huang ... Male Prisoner
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Storyline

At boss Wang's traditional Chinese noodle shop, a colourful and exotic Persian trader of arms introduces the shop owner's wife to the weapons of the West, and consequently, to mankind's greatest invention: the handgun. As a result, the woman excited with her newest acquisition that kills instantly, a brass, triple-muzzle top-break revolver, naturally, she will need more, however, the loud noise of the firearms' demonstration will inevitably attract a brigade of the local police force who will drop by for an investigation. Soon, grouchy old miser Wang will find out everything about his double-crossing wife's affair with the Inn's mincing weakling apprentice Li, and as the corpses begin piling up, it's going to be every man for himself and all for Wang's crammed strongbox. Written by Nick Riganas

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Smart, Funny and Enormously Entertaining!

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

11 December 2009 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,033, 5 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$190,666, 19 December 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Is a remake of The Coen Brothers 1984 film Blood Simple. See more »

Goofs

The shadows in the night scenes don't match the moon's location in the sky. See more »

Quotes

Wang's Wife: For once in my life... l own the world's most powerful weapon! Everyone will be amazed!
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Remake of Blood Simple (1984) See more »

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It might have been better if Zhang had steered away from the Coen Brothers' plot
7 February 2011 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Zhang's latest is a remake of the Coen Brothers' debut film, Blood Simple. It's a slightly more comic adaptation, set in the distant past in the beautiful Gobi (?) desert. It opens wonderfully with the beautiful colors and impeccable cinematography that have always been a trademark of Zhang Yimou. Unfortunately, when it gets into the Blood Simple plot, it becomes very mechanical. I'd say that it lacks suspense because I know the story, but I've seen Blood Simple half a dozen times and it holds up every time. Every time, the tautness of the plot works. There's just something a little bland about this adaptation. I'd still moderately recommend it for the visuals, and the vibrant opening sequence, where the titular woman (Ni Yan, who is pretty good though she can be annoying at times, too) buys the titular gun from a wacky Persian salesman.


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