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Let the Bullets Fly (2012)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 5

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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.

March 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Jiang directs with great vigor, serving up plenty of blood and a lot of laughs as he turns his picture into a propulsive blast.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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See it now, uncut and in widescreen, before it disappears - and then reappears, years later, referenced in some Quentin Tarantino picture.

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Word is that Jiang went though 30 drafts of the script before he was satisfied. Perhaps he should have gone for 31.

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (4)
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It's satire of sorts, but broad, confused, extremely talkative and interminable.

August 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Between the kung fu, the gunplay, a gentle romantic subplot and the extreme gastronomy - there's something for everyone.

August 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

Overwritten script, ugly visuals, queasy rape humour, feeble special effects and all-round incoherence.

August 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Fans of the genre may enjoy the bizarre humor. But, the story seemed never-ending to me.

May 19, 2012 Full Review Source: CNNRadio

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.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source:

The film offers real fun, particularly in the early going, when the energy and enthusiasm recall Stephen Chow's "Kung Fu Hustle."

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Oregonian

The stylish direction of Wen Jiang helps to overcome some flaws in his convoluted screenplay.

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source:

Director Jiang is also an effortlessly charismatic actor. And the film is elevated by its epical widescreen cinematography, which is purely gorgeous.

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Reason Online
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Rival crooks battle for control of a beleaguered town in 1920s China in a fast-paced and surprisingly layered adventure.

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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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.
March 19, 2013

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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.
August 16, 2011
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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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.
June 24, 2011
JY Skacto

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Let The Bullets Fly is unusually complex for a comedy, but it's also one of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time. With a great cast of characters and lots of funny jokes it was all around just a fun experience.

Let the Bullets Fly is set in China during the warring 1920s, notorious bandit chief Zhang descends upon a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, an identity that he had hijacked from Old Tang. Hell-bent on making a fast buck, Zhang soon meets his match in the tyrannical local gentry Huang as a deadly battle of wit ensues. I really enjoyed complexity in movies, especially when it's this much fun and enjoyable. I don't think I've ever seen another comedy with so many funny and smart characters. There fun, smart, brutal, and they add more fun to the movie with each character having there own personality. Now one thing I think audiences will be disappointed in is that there isn't much violence, but I don't they'll mind with the fun they'll have watching this.

The cast of this movie is well put together and they deliver great performances to get behind. Each actor felt so perfect and fit perfectly into there character and they got great comedic timing. My favorite of these performances is Yun-Fat Chow as he's pretty effective and fun in a comedic role. I will praise the few scenes of violence even though they're not long, what come afterward are always some smart humor. Now I don't know about other reviewers, but I just love the location where this was filmed. It's a beautiful country and I can't think of a better place they could have shot it.

Let The Bullets Fly is a smart complex comedy with tons of hilarious jokes and tons of fun. It's a comedy unlike anything you've seen before and it'll definitely will bring enjoyment for anyone looking for a laugh.
March 11, 2012
Caesar Mendez

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    1. Tang: My ass hurts.
    2. Pocky Zhang: Counselor, your ass is in that tree. I doubt that you can feel it.
    – Submitted by Chris D (24 months ago)
    1. Tang: There's something else I want to tell you, I lied about two other things.
    2. Pocky Zhang: That doesn't matter.
    3. Tang: But I need to confess to you before I die.
    4. Pocky Zhang: Okay, what's the first thing?
    5. Tang: Well, I want to tell you the second thing first.
    – Submitted by Chris D (24 months ago)
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