Zhang Yimou's Blood Simple - Preview & trailer
Preview by Jack Foley
A REMAKE of Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1984 debut feature, Blood Simple, award winning director Zhang Yimou (House Of Flying Daggers, Hero)’s Blood Simple (aka A Simple Noodle Story and A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop) transposes the story from small town Texas during the 1980s to the Gansu province of feudal era China.
It also transforms the Coens’ cult neo-noir crime movie into a period-set piece that begins as a slapstick farce before evolving into a riveting crime thriller.
The owner of a noodle shop in a small desert town, Wang is a miserable, ill-tempered, money-grabbing boss not averse to short-changing his workers whenever the opportunity arises.
His dark moods and abusiveness have driven his wife into an illicit affair with Li, one of his employees, and provoked her into buying a gun believing that only Wang’s death can bring her the happiness she desires.
Aware of his wife’s infidelity and her plans to kill him off, Wang bribes a local patrol officer, Zhang, into murdering the two lovers while providing him with an alibi.
But what looks like a perfect plan to Wang soon spirals out of control thanks to an unexpected double-cross that has all the players silently plotting against each other in twist-filled scenario driven by avarice, revenge and murder.
An inventive, original and totally off-the-wall remake of cult classic that somehow manages to remain true to the roots of the original, Blood Simple stars Sun Hunglei (Blood Brothers. Mongol), Yan Ni (Kung Fu Dunk) and Ni Dahong (Curse Of The Golden Flower).
Blood Simple (cert. 12) will be released on DVD (£12.99) by Momentum Pictures on April 18, 2011.
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