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Let the Bullets Fly Reviews

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May 17, 2018
It might be a bit confusing for westerners, and even for many Chinese, to understand the essential core that lies within the movie. This movie is a direct reflection of the history of China in the first 60 years of the 20th century. It is a mediocre comedy for the ones that are not familiar with how CCP started in 1920s, bled and fought the imperialism, feudalism, bureaucratic capitalism enemies for an unrealistic dream (communism), gained power through leading the fence-sitters (ordinary people) to fight for their rights, and eventually corrupted by the wealth and women they gained through the revolution. If you are interested in what happened in China in the 20th century, read a bit about it and come back, watch the movie again and I assure you a very different experience watching this movie. Also keep in mind that the director's hands were tied by the governmental review committee, I feel truly lucky to be able to watch the movie.
½ April 11, 2018
The acting is ridiculous, and only Chinese audiences knows the metaphor of this movie.
September 28, 2017
For those who couldn't understand certain scenes and symbolism in the movie, it is because you have inadequate knowledge about the history of China. It is more than just a dark and violent comedy.
December 22, 2016
A great ironic movie by Jiang Wen
½ November 7, 2016
More than simply being a high-octane action film, Let the Bullets Fly also stands as a consistently clever political satire; benefiting from Wen Jiang's well paced direction, a witty script, and the undeniable charm of it's leads.
½ February 20, 2016
What a brilliant movie but I must admit, I missed a lot of the plot because the subtitles are going too fast. With that aside, the witty script and brilliant peformances from Chow Yun-Fat, (Master Huang) and Wen Jiang, (Pocky Zhang), made this crazy, unique, and definitely unpredictable ride, a joy to watch. When I heard that this movie had a western backdrop, I thought that it was going to be, more like a Cowboys & Indians type of storyline but once the movie gets going, it's a funny political comedy about a ruthless bandit who steals from the rich to give to the poor. The script is top class but it does get a bit complicated after a while, mainly because you have to concentrate on the annoying subtitles. The cinematography and costumes are authentic and the real governer, who wouldn't stop going on about losing his wife, cracked me up. The clever mind and coolness of Pocky Zhang is truly something to watch and the few action scenes were also impressive. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, even though I lost the plot but it's definitely worth a watch, for its originality and crazy storyline. Enjoyable! 

When this movie was released in December 2010, it broke several box office records in China, and has received critical acclaim. It became the highest grossing domestic film until 2012, when it was beaten by Painted Skin: The Resurrection, which grossed $140million worldwide. The movie was directed by Wen Jiang, 53, who also played the leading character, so he really did give this movie his all. He also contributed his directing skills to New York, I Love You in 2008, which had a top cast, and he brought you Devil's on the Doorstep, The Sun Also Rises and Gone with the Bullets. This movie definitely has something for everybody but you have to be a fast reader to keep up with it.

Budget: N/A
Worldwide Gross: $104million

I recommend this movie to people who are into their action/comedy/westerns starring Chow Yun-Fat, You Ge, Wen Jiang, Carina Lau and Jon Hu. 7/10
½ November 21, 2015
151121: I had to use the remote a lot to watch this film. The subtitles were way too fast for me. Even with them, I was left wondering a little at the end. I enjoyed this film in some ways. There is good action and I loved listening to the language. Many of the characters were entertaining and their interaction comical at times. Some of the special effects were a little weak but this is quite an artistic production. Well worth watching at least one time, especially if you're a desperate western fan.
October 21, 2015
American's and people in general who don't understand the traditions and culture of the oldest empire on earth shouldn't try too hard to understand every aspect of this film, which took 3 years and boast an ensemble of the world's smartest board of directors, producers, and screenwriters. Every movement in the film has subtleties that, unless you are versed in idioms, fables, and even neo-classical politics, you wouldn't appreciate the full nature of this film.

Allow me to explain one of the film's thousands of subtleties. The very fact that this film was released is artistic merit because it wrapped its message in increasingly convoluted, but easy to understand metaphors, which prevents the censors from deleting the film before it is released. Unless you watch the film multiple times, you will completely miss the subtleties, since the director cuts off most messages half-way, but leaves you with enough clues to figure out the rest of the message.

This all goes to show the ignorance of people who dismiss this film as a trivial gore fest, since it reveals them to be wholly ignorant of politics, as well as unwilling to look past the plot.
January 26, 2015
A bandit turned hero who now fights for not money or directly against his nemesis, but for the lack of men like the man he finally defeats. He sums it up in a really great line.†
Some of the comedy is lost on me I'm sure, as sometimes it's a language thing so it can get lost in translation. There's also the speed of the dialogue. I can tell in certain scenes by the quick and seemingly snappy dialogue that there's some comedy coming through. During those scenes at best I can only sense the comedic moment and know that it's there somehow, but unfortunately not really get the humor.†When I did "get it", it was funny and the overall film with it's stylistic action scenes is very entertaining.
½ December 28, 2014
Let the bullets fly awhile

In a small 1920's Chinese town, they have never seen their mayor. When a local official, traveling with the mayor, is approached by bandits and the mayor is killed in the process, he reluctantly agrees to infiltrate the town, act as the mayor, and steal their money. Once in the town, the fake mayor may change his allegiance, and work with the town to overthrow the bandits.

"I never intended to profit from the poor."
"Then who would you profit from? Do you want to make money or stand tall?"
"I want to make money...while standing tall."

Wen Jiang, director of In the Heat of the Sun, Devils on the Doorstep, The Sun Also Rises, and Gone with the Bullets, delivers Let the Bullets Fly. The storyline for this picture is entertaining, with some solid action, and doesn't take itself too serious. The script is very clever and the actors play their roles well. The cast includes Chow Yun-Fat, Kun Chen, You Ge, Wen Jiang, and Carina Lau.

"Where there are gun shots, there is death. Where there is death, there is weeping. When people are weeping, they tell the truth."

I grabbed this off Netflix because I thought it was strange seeing Chow Yun-fat in a western martial arts movie. It was just okay but some random acts of violence were entertaining and I thought the action scenes were clever. A few sequences were corny, but not unexpected. This film is worth a viewing and an entertaining addition to the genre.

"Did we miss?"

Grade: C+/B- (6.5)
September 26, 2014
a very well done movie. A mixture of action, drama, mystery and humor fits nicely in this and doesn't disappoint. throughout it has you questioning the plans, what's going on and yet you follow it as it unravels.
When the bullets fly they do, and it gives you a nice little wrap up to tie the movie good.
½ September 14, 2014
Despite those crazy, far-fetching punches fitting into comedy genre, rather enjoyable watching some really decent acting leading by the 3 true valued actors (Ge You in particular).
August 2, 2014
it was ok overall, I thought it was a long and complex story to follow, but, good mix of comedy & action mobster style in early China
½ June 29, 2014
While confusing at times, ???? is very funny, in a very bizarre, insane way. Imagine Quentin Tarantino, Sergio Leone and Shakespeare all rolled together and fed to a dead, fat pig, which is then left to rot wrapped in several layers of red Chinese flags made from back issues of the ?? literary magazine dyed with McDonalds ketchup.
May 10, 2014
Somewhat entertaining but over long and too silly.
April 11, 2014
extremely talkative.... could be great but... they did not used editing in a proper way
½ February 4, 2014
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars; Grade: B; Gesture: One Thumb Up; Status: Somewhat Good (Fresh); Emoticon: :-}.
December 25, 2013
Its gore, violence and morbid humour are reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino's tales of revenge; and it is a compliment actually. The needlessly long and head-scratching plot however is strenuous to follow.
½ December 3, 2013
I was really confused after watching this, but honestly was still happy to watch this. It's hilarious and has great action sequence. The quick witted comedy in subtitle is hard to follow.
September 21, 2013
my favorite part was when all the bandits and the fake ones are confused who is the enemy because they are all labeled as n0. 4 xD
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