Woman a Gun and a Noodle Shop

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When a chinese shopkeeper plots to execute his unfaithful wife and her lover, the lover has a lethal plan of his own in this gripping retelling of the coen brothers' classic blood simple.


Studio Sony
SKU 218858211
UPC 043396359239
UPC 14 00043396359239
Format DVD
Release Date 1/3/2012
Period Piece
Editors Note
Note 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 and isn't much friendlier to his long-suffering wife (Yan Ni), who soothes her nerves by having an affair with Li (Xiao Shenyang), one of Wang's cooks. The wife would like to take Wang out of the picture, and one day she gives Li a gun, suggesting that he kill Wang so they can live in peace. A crooked cop named Zhang learns about the plot and tells Wang about the lovers, offering to kill them for a price. The next day, Zhang returns with evidence that Wang's wife and his cook have been shot, but shoots Wang before he can pay him. Zhang is about to empty out Wang's safe when he discovers he wasn't the only one with a plan to double-cross the despised noodle baron. Inspired by Joel and Ethan Coen's BLOOD SIMPLE, SAN QIANG PAI AN JING QI (aka A WOMAN, A GUN AND A NOODLE SHOP) was an official selection at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.
Ni Dahong
Honglei Sun
Cast & Crew
Ni Dahong - Star
Honglei Sun - Star
Mao Mao - Star
Yan Ni - Star
Xiao Shenyang - Star
Cheng Ye - Star
Julien Gaudfroy - Co-Star
Tao Jing - Sound
Zhao Lin - Composer
Huang Xinming - Production Manager/UPM
Zhao Xiaoding - Director of Photography
Xu Zhengchao - Screenwriter
Shi Jianquan - Screenwriter
Zhou Xiaofeng - Creative Consultant
Yimou Zhang - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00043396359239
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 90 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
ReviewSource The Arizona Republic
Review It takes real chutzpah to challenge the Coen brothers when it comes to stylization in movies, but Chinese director Zhang Yimou has done just that...Zhang has taken almost everything possible from "Blood Simple" and transferred it, lock stock and three-barreled gun, from contemporary Texas to 19th century China, and upped the ante on style to the point that the style has become the point..
Reviewer Richard Nilsen
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Chinese, Mandarin Chinese, English, French
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com ...alternately comic and terrifying...
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer ...a major visual treat...

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