Let the Bullets Fly
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Since its release this year, Let the Bullets Fly has been lauded across the globe for its stunning mix of dark comedy and eye-popping violence. In China, this action-comedy starring Chow Yun-Fat has become the highest-grossing domestic film of all time. Set in 1920s Sichuan, the film tells the tale of the bandit "Pocky" Zhang Mazi, who poses as a local governor in a dusty town- but finds himself at odds with the local mobster, who is not eager to share his turf with another drifter. A complex and deadly series of mind-games ensues between the two crooks, which are as violent as they… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This period action comedy by Jiang Wen is great fun in the Shakespearean tradition, stuffed with lively characters, dramatic stand-offs, and stolen-identity subplots."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"See it now, uncut and in widescreen, before it disappears - and then reappears, years later, referenced in some Quentin Tarantino picture."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"It's satire of sorts, but broad, confused, extremely talkative and interminable."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Fans of the genre may enjoy the bizarre humor. But, the story seemed never-ending to me."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"The stylish direction of Wen Jiang helps to overcome some flaws in his convoluted screenplay."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"After watching it, I was as confused -- and giddy -- as if I had been rolled down a hill in a rain barrel. For unmitigated insanity, this is a hard film to beat."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Along with the familiar East-meets-West elements derived from Akira Kurosawa and Sergio Leone, Jiang offers cleverly choreographed action scenes and fun-house mirror complications."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Between the kung fu, the gunplay, a gentle romantic subplot and the extreme gastronomy - there's something for everyone."
‑ Henry Barnes, Guardian
"The real pleasure is seeing Chow and Jiang square off. Chow mugs for the camera with the same finesse as he handles guns in Woo's films."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"Director Jiang is also an effortlessly charismatic actor. And the film is elevated by its epical widescreen cinematography, which is purely gorgeous."
‑ Kurt Loder, Reason Online
"Jiang directs with great vigor, serving up plenty of blood and a lot of laughs as he turns his picture into a propulsive blast."
‑ Soren Anderson, Seattle Times
"Word is that Jiang went though 30 drafts of the script before he was satisfied. Perhaps he should have gone for 31."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Overwritten script, ugly visuals, queasy rape humour, feeble special effects and all-round incoherence."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"The film offers real fun, particularly in the early going, when the energy and enthusiasm recall Stephen Chow's "Kung Fu Hustle.""
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"Rival crooks battle for control of a beleaguered town in 1920s China in a fast-paced and surprisingly layered adventure."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
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