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Original Vs. Remake: Coen Bothers/Zhang Yimou

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Blood Simple

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen United States, 1984

By now, most of you know the Coen brothers’ startling, iconic debut: A gripping Texan neo-noir that announced one of America’s greatest directing talents. But perhaps you didn’t know this new classic as remade by Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou! We’ve paired the both for an original vs. remake showdown.

A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

Zhang Yimou China, 2009

The owner of a Chinese noodle shop’s scheme to murder his adulterous wife and her lover goes awry in Zhang Yimou’s remake of the Coen brothers’ Blood Simple.

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