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Let the Bullets Fly (2012)



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Since its release this year, Let the Bullets Fly has been lauded across the globe for its stunning mix of dark comedy and eye-popping violence. In China, this action-comedy starring Chow Yun-Fat has become the highest-grossing domestic film of all time. Set in 1920s Sichuan, the film tells the tale of the bandit "Pocky" Zhang Mazi, who poses as a local governor in a dusty town- but finds himself at odds with the local mobster, who is not eager to share his turf with another drifter. A complex and deadly series of mind-games ensues between the two crooks, which are as violent as they are hilarious. The rare foreign-language comedy that translates without a hitch, Let the Bullets Fly will have you falling out of your seat with laughter. -- (C) Variancemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Wen Jiang, Jiang Wen, Li Bukong, Guo Junli, Wei Xiaon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 24, 2012
Box Office: $60.0k
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Yun-Fat Chow
as The Godfather
Jiang Wen
as The Governor
You Ge
as The Counselor
Carina Lau
as The Mistress
Jun Hu
as The Fake
Yun Zhou
as The Hooker
Kun Chen
as The Enforcer
Yao Lu
as The Butler
Jiang Wu
as The Martial Scholar
Bing Bai
as The Courtesan
Li Ming Hu
as The Noodle Vendor
Shao Bing
as Number Two
Fan Liao
as Number Three
John Do
as Number Four
Li Jing
as Number Five
Zhang Mo
as Number Six
Wei Xiao
as Number Seven
Feng Xiaogang
as The Dead Counselor
Miao Pu
as The Wife
Liao Fan
as Number Three
Xiaogang Feng
as Counselor Tang
Wen Jiang
as Pocky Zhang
Pu Miao
as Shanxi MIstress
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Critic Reviews for Let the Bullets Fly

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (16)

This period action comedy by Jiang Wen is great fun in the Shakespearean tradition, stuffed with lively characters, dramatic stand-offs, and stolen-identity subplots.

Full Review… | March 29, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

After watching it, I was as confused -- and giddy -- as if I had been rolled down a hill in a rain barrel. For unmitigated insanity, this is a hard film to beat.

Full Review… | March 22, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Jiang directs with great vigor, serving up plenty of blood and a lot of laughs as he turns his picture into a propulsive blast.

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

See it now, uncut and in widescreen, before it disappears - and then reappears, years later, referenced in some Quentin Tarantino picture.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Along with the familiar East-meets-West elements derived from Akira Kurosawa and Sergio Leone, Jiang offers cleverly choreographed action scenes and fun-house mirror complications.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Word is that Jiang went though 30 drafts of the script before he was satisfied. Perhaps he should have gone for 31.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Let the Bullets Fly

An outrageous, high-octane and uproariously entertaining action-packed comedy. A stylish, superbly crafted and brilliantly performed movie that has lots to offer. An utterly hilarious and fun movie that combines incredible comedy, sensational action sequences and great set pieces. A Shakespearean tradition, stuffed with lively characters, dramatic stand-offs, wonderful laughs and a great story. A masterpiece. A true work of insane remarkable art. An bullet-blasting, two hour roller-coaster ride of undeniable fun and excitement. I loved this movie. A spectacular and really funny action movie that's fierce, really cool and wildly epic. Chow Yun-Fat is truly brilliant and hilarious. Jiang Wen is outstanding. Ge You is outrageous. You, Wien and Yun-Fat play each other off wonderfully and shine with magnificent chemistry. They give some very impressive and damn near perfect performances. It`s almost too much fun to handle and even then you cant help but enjoy it. An instant classic. Director and star, Jiang Wen crafts a superb and magnetic action picture that is more than meets the eye.

Al S

Super Reviewer


A big sack of fun is this one, clever, funny and always enjoyable. The story comes and goes a bit too much around the middle, but the final act wraps everything so well. The commie-oriented message, our hero taking away goods from the evil capitalist bad guy and giving them to the people, acquires a more complex structure thanks to a solid script. The "people" are just as greedy as the bad guy, if not more.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Jiang Wen's Let the Bullets Fly thinks outside the box when it comes to comedic action films and that works in its favor.Bandits taking on bandits sums up this film's story, and while it easily pushes out past 2 hours, the eccentric style and swift pacing help move this thing along. The subject matter isn't hard to follow, but the constant deception that occurs throughout the picture requires attention to keep up with what's going on. It also adds to the fun.Let the Bullets Fly has a title that makes it sound like some sort of ultimate shooter. Well, it isn't. Yes, there are bloody moments and quite a number of guns going off, but this isn't a film that thrives on its action. If anything it is just as memorable for its witty and nicely executed dialogue.Jiang Wen pulls double duty as director and starring as one of the main characters. Wen, along with Chow Yun-Fat, put together some solid performances as the film's leads. Chow Yun-Fat is really an enjoyable person to watch in here.It's easy to see that time and effort were put into Let the Bullets Fly, and that's why it is a recommendable film.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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