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Простая история лапши (2009)

San qiang pai an jing qi (original title)
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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!

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

11 December 2009 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Простая история лапши 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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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A remake worth checking out!
17 February 2011 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'A WOMAN, A GUN AND A NOODLE SHOP': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

Chinese remake of the Coen brothers first film 'BLOOD SIMPLE', this one is set in 19th century China as opposed to 1980's Texas. The film is directed by Yimou Zhang (who directed such popular and critical acclaimed films as 'HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS', 'HERO' and 'CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER') and it's quite a departure from his older work. Zhang says 'BLOOD SIMPLE' is one of his favorite films and claims the Coens wrote to him after seeing his version and expressed how much they loved it. It's written by Jianquan Shi and Jing Shang and stars Ni Yan, Honglei Sun, Xiao Shen-Yang and Dahong Ni.

The original Chinese title of the film is 'A SIMPLE NOODLE STORY', it was changed to 'A WOMAN, A GUN AND A NOODLE SHOP' for it's international release. It's set in a small desert town where a man named Wang (Ni) runs a successful noodle shop. He purchased his young beautiful wife (Yan) several years earlier and beats her every night. His wife is having an affair with a servant at the noodle shop named Li (Shen-Yang) and when Wang finds out about the affair things get ugly. Wang enlists the help of a local police detective (Sun) to help him carry out a plan of revenge. Things of course become complicated and bloody.

The film is an odd mix of dark action thriller and screwball comedy. The slapstick jokes aren't exactly my taste in humor but the action scenes are cool and the suspense is intense. It does drag on a little here and there but for the most part the action / crime drama aspect of the film is effective. It's also often visually stunning with plenty of beautiful scenery and elaborate effects. It's not nearly as epic and breathtaking as Zhang's other films but I think it's a nice surprise change for him. By no means is it great or as classic as the original, of course, but it's still a remake worth checking out.

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