Heads up, Coen brothers junkies: Chinese master Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers, Hero) has put his own spin on the brothers' 1985 Texas film noir, Blood Simple. Set in the deserts of ancient China, the film has colors that pop like a hooker's lip gloss, but the visual wonders are dimmed by the filmmaker's broadly comic approach. An odd choice for a crime drama about a geezer innkeeper (Ni Dahong) who hires a cop (Sun Hunglei in the role M. Emmet Walsh played with memorably sleazy menace) to kill his young wife (Yan Ni) and her noodle- chef lover (Xiao Shenyang). Zhang gave similar material more heft and heat in 1990's Ju Dou. Some may enjoy the slapstick, which plays like Harold & Kumar Go to Old Peking, but this bloodless Coen crib job is simply not my cup of noodles.
A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop
- A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop
- Dahong Ni, Ni Yan, Xiao Shen-Yang
- Directed by Yimou Zhang
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Around the Web
AskMenThe Top 99 Outstanding Women of 2015
Men's Journal12 Things Every Man Should Know About His Penis
The Daily BeastInside the Racy 'Sex Box' Reality Show
Men's Journal7 Reasons You Should Quit Facebook in 2015
Salon5 Mysteries We Hope the “X-Files” Reboot Will Resolve
Cinema Blend10 Great Movies To Watch Before Netflix Gets Rid Of Them On April 1
- The Neverending Nightmare of Amanda Knox
- New Tupac Music From the Vaults Headed for Release
- The Children of ISIS
- 10 Things We Learned Spending Two Days With Bill Withers
- James Taylor's Mellow Rebirth: Inside 'Before This World'
- Zayn Malik Breaks Silence Following One Direction Split
- Weekend Rock Question: What's the Best Van Halen Album?
- Dr. Dre Talks N.W.A Biopic, Eazy-E's Death, Eminem and Making New Music