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San qiang pai an jing qi (2009)

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The owner of a Chinese noodle shop's scheme to murder his adulterous wife and her lover goes awry.

Director:

Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Zhengchao Xu (screenplay), Jianquan Shi (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Honglei Sun ... Zhang
Shenyang Xiao ... Li
Yan Ni ... Wang's Wife
Dahong Ni ... Wang
Ye Cheng Ye Cheng ... Zhao
Mao Mao ... Chen
Julien Gaudfroy Julien Gaudfroy ... Persian Merchant
Benshan Zhao ... Patrol Team Commander
Na Wei Na Wei ... Persian Woman
Sisi Wang Sisi Wang ... Female Prisoner
Wenting LI Wenting LI ... Female Prisoner
Ran Cheng Ran Cheng ... Male Prisoner
Shuo Huang Shuo Huang ... Male Prisoner
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Storyline

At boss Wang's traditional Chinese noodle shop, a colourful and exotic Persian trader of arms introduces the shop owner's wife to the weapons of the West, and consequently, to mankind's greatest invention: the handgun. As a result, the woman excited with her newest acquisition that kills instantly, a brass, triple-muzzle top-break revolver, naturally, she will need more, however, the loud noise of the firearms' demonstration will inevitably attract a brigade of the local police force who will drop by for an investigation. Soon, grouchy old miser Wang will find out everything about his double-crossing wife's affair with the Inn's mincing weakling apprentice Li, and as the corpses begin piling up, it's going to be every man for himself and all for Wang's crammed strongbox. Written by Nick Riganas

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Smart, Funny and Enormously Entertaining!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

11 December 2009 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

A Simple Noodle Story See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,033, 5 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$190,666, 19 December 2010
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Is a remake of The Coen Brothers 1984 film Blood Simple. See more »

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The shadows in the night scenes don't match the moon's location in the sky. See more »

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Wang's Wife: For once in my life... l own the world's most powerful weapon! Everyone will be amazed!
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Seeing through the absurd
23 August 2010 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

I watched this in Berlin at the Festival there and unfortunately I was sitting near an older couple who were commenting on the movie. You read this right, they were old and commenting on what happened on screen in a despicable way. Their view of the film is also the view some others have (see the rating for that), still it was a bit annoying hearing them while watching.

One of the most common point that gets criticized, is that this is not worthy for a man like Yimou. I don't think it is fair to write something like that, but it's always how a viewer will watch this movie. With what expectation one goes into a movie. If you let yourself see through the comedic set pieces and the absurdity of most of them (you could call it slapstick, a movie that would be considered a master piece in another era of movie making), you can see a very human drama.

Not only that, but many human flaws that are on display here, that are hiding behind the comedy. What is not hiding though, is the phenomenal cinematography. The colors, the set pieces (designs) and the choreographed action is all in place here. There's even symbolism here, that I didn't catch (read some of the other reviews for that, the ones with a spoiler tag). A movie that you can enjoy as a silly comedy, or as a high concept drama ... or of course dismiss entirely as "silly".


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