A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun) (2010)

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Love, betrayal, and murder take root in the deserts of China in this comedy drama from filmmaker Zhang Yimou. Wang (Ni Dahong) is an ill-tempered tyrant who runs a noodle shop not far from the Great Wall. Wang treats his employees like dirt and isn't much friendlier to his long-suffering wife (Yan Ni), who soothes her nerves by having an affair with Li (Xiao Shenyang), one of Wang's cooks. The wife would like to take Wang out of the picture, and one day she gives Li a gun, suggesting that he … More

Rating: R (for some violence)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: Shi Jianquan, Shang jing, Xu Zhengchao
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 1, 2011
Box Office: $0.2M
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun)

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Heaven knows what inspired Zhang to undertake this nutty project, but the results are, at the least, amusing.

Full Review… | October 22, 2010
Detroit News
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A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop is a tipsy wedding of low hijinks and tiptoe-tense suspense stretches.

Full Review… | October 5, 2010
Toronto Star
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A whimsical but fizzled experiment.

Full Review… | September 30, 2010
Miami Herald
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An uneasy mix of Coen-style laughs (particularly evident in the big comic close-ups) and Zhang's majestic imagery (in one shot the couple's divorce papers shatter into a burst of confetti).

Full Review… | September 24, 2010
Chicago Reader
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A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop is great to look at. It's just not much fun to watch.

Full Review… | September 24, 2010
Globe and Mail
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It's all wrong. Each creative choice in the new version undermines the original film's appeal, a collision of incompatible visions.

Full Review… | September 23, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Audience Reviews for A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun)

A cruel noodle shop owner offers a corrupt police officer money to kill his unfaithful wife and her lover but when he double crosses and murders him the hapless lover covers up the crime fearing his mistress responsible. I was very curious to see Zhang Yimou's interpretation of the Coen brother's debut film, being a big fan of Hero and House Of Flying Daggers as well as the original in question. The story has a lot of potential for inventive adaptation and I was hoping for a Shakespearian Kurosawa style affair; unfortunately what Zhang has served up is more Stephen Chow than Akira Kurosawa. The grim details of the plot have survived intact but the cartoon characters in gaudy pantomime costumes stutter, pratfall and double take away like refugees from an episode of Scooby Doo making a very uneasy concoction of weak slapstick humour and bleak neo noir that just doesn't work. Stone faced Honglei Sun has none of the character of M. Emmett Walsh's sleazy private eye and all the suspense and sexual tension of the protagonists disappears in a puff of smoke when portrayed like a Carry On film. The final scene actually works quite well as it's a straight adaptation using swords and arrows instead of gunfire but this just serves to throw into sharp relief how ill-judged the rest of the film truly is.

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xGary Xx

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½

A remake of the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple that completely works. It transposes from 1980s Texas to ancient China. Smart, funny and enormously entertaining. It highlights how men become easily tempted by money, the root of all evil, when faced with bucket-loads of them, and how coincidences play a huge part in getting the characters where they end up, with each unfortunate moment ending in becoming a corpse (yes, there will be blood, and death) in a seemingly convoluted narrative that has to be seen to be believed the kind of rich writing which can pull it off.
It sure is a lot of fun delivered by its outstanding casting who seem all too comfortable in dishing out black and physical humour.

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Dean McKenna

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I expected something like Kung Fu Hustle, crossed with Crouching Tiger, but what I saw was a very strange movie. The outrageous makeup, and unrealistic costumes, made this film almost unwatchable...A silly, slapstick remake of Blood Simple that was neither clever, or funny. Giving two stars because it was beautiful, but no other redeeming qualities.

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Cynthia S.

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