Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Simple Noodle Story (2009 film)


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A Simple Noodle Story (三枪拍案惊奇) is a 2009 Chinese comedy film directed by Zhang Yimou (张艺谋)


  • Movie: A Simple Noodle Story / 三枪拍案惊奇 (2009)
  • Chinese : San Qiang Pai An Jing Qi / 三枪拍案惊奇
  • Also known as : The First Gun , Blood Simple ,

    A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

  • Director: Zhang Yimou (张艺谋)
  • Producer: Zhang Weiping (张伟平) , William Kong (江志强)
  • Writer: Xu Zhengchao (徐正超) , Shi Jianquan (史建全)
  • Cinematographer : Zhao Xiaoding (赵小丁)
  • Choreographer :
  • Art Director : Han Zhong (韩忠)
  • Original Music : Zhao Lin (赵麟)
  • Production Design :
  • Costume Design :
  • Release Date : December 10 , 2009
  • Runtime : 95 min
  • Genre : Drama , Comedy
  • Distributor:
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Country: China
  • Official website :
  • Budget :  –
  • Box Office : –


By all rights, Zhang Yimou's remake of Joel and Ethan Coen's first feature shouldn't work, but it does--marvelously so. It's not that Blood Simple is a masterpiece, though it's very good, but that the two filmmaking entities would seem to have little in common. Zhang even moves the action to feudal China, where noodle shop owner Wang (Ni Dahong) browbeats his unnamed wife (Ni Yan, beautiful and feisty) and coworkers Zhao (Cheng Ye), Chen (Mao Mao), and Li (Xiao Shenyang, sweet and jittery). When traveling merchants drop by while Wang is away, his wife buys a pistol--in a sequence so over the top it threatens to derail the entire picture. Wang, meanwhile, pays patrol officer Zhang (Sun Honglei) , in a tightly coiled performance) to spy on her and Li. After the officer confirms his suspicions about their affair, he offers more money for Zhang to take the couple out of his misery, but Wang doesn't count on the double-crosses that will ensue. Zhang intends to rob the man blind, except he doesn't know the combination to the safe, unlike waiter Zhao, who isn't as dumb as he looks (prominent teeth and a tiny topknot only reinforce the impression). Despite a tone that veers between slapstick and suspense, A Woman offers the stunning visuals that characterize most Zhang works, like House of Flying Daggers. The desert--which doubles as a graveyard--is gorgeous in its desolation, while the shop setting is ingenious in its construction. And the ending is truly transcendent. --Kathleen C. Fennessy








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