Set during the Age of the Warlords in the 1920s, this comic western is the highest grossing Chinese film ever. When circumstances force an outlaw (actor/director Jiang Wen) to impersonate a county governor and clean up a corrupt town, the Robin Hood figure finds himself in a showdown with the local “godfather” (Chow Yun-Fat). Full of surprises and grounded with a smart, humorous script, Let the Bullets Fly’s battles are fought with guns and wit.
Jiang Wen (born January 5, 1963) is a Chinese film actor and director. Born in Tangshan, Hebei province into an army family, he shifted to Beijing at the age of 6. In 1980, Wen entered China’s foremost acting school, the Central Academy of Drama, graduating in 1984. That same year he started acting both on the stage (with the China Youth Theater) and in films.
After appearing in many television serials and films, Jiang became renowned in China for his starring role in the 1992 TV series Beijingers in New York, which made him one of the best-loved actors of his generation. In addition to these he also starred in Hibiscus Town (1984, directed by Xie Jin), Black Snow (1990, directed by Xie Fei), The Emperor’s Shadow (1996, directed by Zhou Xiaowen) and The Soong Sisters (1997). Other than Red Sorghum, Jiang also collaborated with Zhang Yimou for his 1997 film Keep Cool.
Jiang wrote and directed his first film in 1994, In the Heat of the Sun, adapted from a novel by Wang Shuo… read more
Considering that half of this film's story is built on witty wordplay and subtle deception, it's no wonder that "Let the Bullets Fly" doesn't translate entirely well to the Western market, where much of the humor and intrigue is lost in subtitles. The *other* part of the story - the blood and viscera and comic bits of ultra-violence - still comes across loud and clear, though, and makes it a mostly entertaining film.
“Some saw it as a conservative film, some saw it as liberal… but everyone saw it.”
English Title: Let The Bullets Fly
Original Title: Rang zidan fei
Country: China, Hong Kong
Genre: Action, Comedy
Director: Wen Jiang
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