A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun)
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A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun)
Set in a Chinese noodle shop in a dune-specked desert, revolves around the restaurant owner's plan to murder his adulterous wife and her lover.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Heaven knows what inspired Zhang to undertake this nutty project, but the results are, at the least, amusing."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"An uneasy mix of Coen-style laughs (particularly evident in the big comic close-ups) and Zhang's majestic imagery (in one shot the couple's divorce papers shatter into a burst of confetti)."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"...the movie, unlike the majority of contemporary remakes, stands on its own as an original and surprising piece of work."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It's a good effort, and any filmmaker about to embark on a remake should consider the director's boldness (Seriously, remaking Blood Simple?! You crazy for this one, Yimou!)."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"An interesting interpretation but stick with the original."
‑ Simon Jones, Empire Magazine Australasia
"A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop is a tipsy wedding of low hijinks and tiptoe-tense suspense stretches."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop is great to look at. It's just not much fun to watch."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"A valentine from one director to a famous team of others."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"A group of shrill, idiotic characters mugging for the camera in front of stunning desert landscapes."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"A whimsical but fizzled experiment."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"It's all wrong. Each creative choice in the new version undermines the original film's appeal, a collision of incompatible visions."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Doesn't live up to the 1985 Coen brothers film that inspired it."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"There is certainly some curio value for cineastes here, but the real mystery is, well, what the heckfire was going through Zhang Yimou's once-brilliant mind when he decided to make this?"
‑ Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia)
"Eventually leaves slapstick behind to follow the pattern of cruelty and misapprehension established by 'Blood Simple,' but with arrows and sword thrusts replacing the earlier film's bullets, and stone-faced Sun Honglei as Zhang's MVP."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)