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Rated R · 90 minutes · 2009

Dark comedy, Thriller
It is certainly not a lack of artistry that sinks Zhang Yimou’s A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop, a bold cultural adaptation of the Coen Brothers’ Blood Simple. Zhang’s signature use of rich colors is on fine display, as is his reliance on slow-motion sequences and unusual camera angles. However, the disjointed nature of Zhang’s experiment—which transforms from a broad slapstick work in the beginning into a tense, near-wordless and blood-curdling thriller by the end—ultimately undoes all of the director’s hard work. Fans of international cinema might still find enough that’s right with this film to warrant a look, and even the eye-rollers will be satisfied that this is an adaptation in the truest sense, rather than a cheap and quick remake of what is a superior film.
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/awomanagunandanoodleshop
Director: Zhang Yimou
Producer: Zhang Weiping, William Kong and Gu Hao
Cast: Sun Honglei, Xiao Shenyang, Yan Ni, Ni Dahong, Cheng Ye, Mao Mao and Zhao Benshan

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