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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Overwritten script, ugly visuals, queasy rape humour, feeble special effects and all-round incoherence.
| Original Score: 1/5
Fans of the genre may enjoy the bizarre humor. But, the story seemed never-ending to me.
| Original Score: C
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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."
| Original Score: B
Jiang directs with great vigor, serving up plenty of blood and a lot of laughs as he turns his picture into a propulsive blast.
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.
Rival crooks battle for control of a beleaguered town in 1920s China in a fast-paced and surprisingly layered adventure.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Word is that Jiang went though 30 drafts of the script before he was satisfied. Perhaps he should have gone for 31.
| Original Score: 2/4
Not exactly a western, barely an action film and hardly a historical drama, the Chinese saga "Let the Bullets Fly" promises genre pleasures it routinely leaves un-triggered in its chamber.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
At least 30 minutes and several scams too long, the plot passes from amusing to confounding long before the final double-cross.
| Original Score: 2/5
"Let the Bullets Fly" has a clearly defined moral dimension, but Mr. Jiang, an absurdist at heart, never lets it interfere with the fun.
A ribald mess of a farce whose finer qualities will likely be lost on non-Chinese-speaking audiences and others not familiar with 1920s warlord lore.
Though a good-natured and highly enjoyable goof, Jiang Wen's comic blockbuster - the highest-grossing movie made in China - more than lives up to its name.
| Original Score: 3/5