A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

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  • R
  • 2010
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 5.7  (3,428)
  • 57

A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop is a 2009 Chinese comedy-drama film directed by Zhang Yimou, which is a remake of Joel and Ethan Coen's 1984 debut film, Blood Simple. The movie is set in a remote Chinese noodle shop in the middle of the desert. The shop is run by a greedy, philandering husband, Wang (Dahong Ni), and his neglected wife (Ni Yan). The couple's lazy, hapless employees include a noodle maker, a pot washer, and a delivery boy.

When Wang discovers that his wife is having an affair with one of his employees, he hires a detective, Zhang (Shenyang Xiao), to kill them both. Zhang decides to double-cross Wang by keeping the money and staging a fake murder. However, things get complicated when Zhang falls in love with the wife and decides to help her escape. Meanwhile, Wang's plan to have his wife killed backfires, and he finds himself at the mercy of his employees.

The film is a blend of black comedy and Chinese opera, filled with stunning visuals and slapstick humor. The vast, empty desert landscape is contrasted with the vibrant colors of the noodle shop and the characters' colorful costumes. The film features several musical interludes, including a love song sung by the noodle maker (who has a crush on the wife) and an elaborate operatic showdown between Zhang and Wang.

The performances of the lead actors are outstanding. Dahong Ni is perfect as the sleazy, comically villainous husband, while Ni Yan is charming as his long-suffering wife. Shenyang Xiao steals the show as the bumbling detective-turned-hero, bringing depth and humor to his role.

The film is a departure from Zhang Yimou's previous serious, historical dramas and marks a return to his earlier, more playful style of filmmaking. The movie is a must-see for fans of black comedies and opera, as well as for those interested in seeing how Zhang Yimou can breathe new life into a classic Coen Brothers film. A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop is a thrilling, visually stunning, and immensely entertaining movie that is sure to keep audiences laughing and guessing until the very end.

A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop is a 2010 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 35 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7 and a MetaScore of 57.

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