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
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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.
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.
Jiang directs with great vigor, serving up plenty of blood and a lot of laughs as he turns his picture into a propulsive blast.
See it now, uncut and in widescreen, before it disappears - and then reappears, years later, referenced in some Quentin Tarantino picture.
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.
It's satire of sorts, but broad, confused, extremely talkative and interminable.
Between the kung fu, the gunplay, a gentle romantic subplot and the extreme gastronomy - there's something for everyone.
Overwritten script, ugly visuals, queasy rape humour, feeble special effects and all-round incoherence.
Fans of the genre may enjoy the bizarre humor. But, the story seemed never-ending to me.
The real pleasure is seeing Chow and Jiang square off. Chow mugs for the camera with the same finesse as he handles guns in Woo's films.
The film offers real fun, particularly in the early going, when the energy and enthusiasm recall Stephen Chow's "Kung Fu Hustle."
The stylish direction of Wen Jiang helps to overcome some flaws in his convoluted screenplay.
Director Jiang is also an effortlessly charismatic actor. And the film is elevated by its epical widescreen cinematography, which is purely gorgeous.
Audience Reviews for Let the Bullets Fly
- Tang: My ass hurts.
- Pocky Zhang: Counselor, your ass is in that tree. I doubt that you can feel it.
- Tang: There's something else I want to tell you, I lied about two other things.
- Pocky Zhang: That doesn't matter.
- Tang: But I need to confess to you before I die.
- Pocky Zhang: Okay, what's the first thing?
- Tang: Well, I want to tell you the second thing first.
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