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
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.
| 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
Don't even try to keep up with the labyrinthine plot and triple-layered identity confusion.
Comedy and shifting-allegiances intrigue more than compensate for the dearth of rousing action in this 1920s-set film...
A rollicking, violent, Western-cum-comedy that serves many masters, but adds up to an entertaining hot pot of wry political commentary and general mischief.
A rollicking Chinese western directed with cinematic gumption.