A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun)
A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun) (2010)

Love, betrayal, and murder take root in the deserts of China in this comedy drama from filmmaker Zhang Yimou. Wang (Ni Dahong) is an ill-tempered tyrant who runs a noodle shop not far from the Great Wall. Wang treats his employees like dirt… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 3, 2010
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2011
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Long
Detroit News

Heaven knows what inspired Zhang to undertake this nutty project, but the results are, at the least, amusing.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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).

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the movie, unlike the majority of contemporary remakes, stands on its own as an original and surprising piece of work.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop is a tipsy wedding of low hijinks and tiptoe-tense suspense stretches.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop is great to look at. It's just not much fun to watch.

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Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A valentine from one director to a famous team of others.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A whimsical but fizzled experiment.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's all wrong. Each creative choice in the new version undermines the original film's appeal, a collision of incompatible visions.

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Mike Scott

Doesn't live up to the 1985 Coen brothers film that inspired it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
A cruel noodle shop owner offers a corrupt police officer money to kill his unfaithful wife and her lover but when he double crosses and murders him the hapless… More
Jeff Talbott
The intriguing idea behind this oddity made it a gotta-see-it flick: Chinese remake of BLOOD SIMPLE set in feudal China. What the heck, right? But from the… More
Dean McKenna
A remake of the Coen Brothers' <i>Blood Simple</i> that completely works. It transposes from 1980s Texas to ancient China. Smart, funny and… More
Jesse Ortega
I was mostly annoyed by this movie, not because of it was bad or anything, I just felt the entire movie felt so forced. I know it's a remake Blood Simple.… More
Cynthia S.
I expected something like Kung Fu Hustle, crossed with Crouching Tiger, but what I saw was a very strange movie. The outrageous makeup, and unrealistic… More
Anthony Valletta
Serious tongue in cheek as Yimou Zhang remakes "Blood Simple", but sets it in China of the late 1800's. It translates well, and perhaps if… More