- Aug 25
- LET THE BULLETS FLY: DVD review
- Posted by Deljhp - 25/08/12 at 01:24 PM
Director: Jiang Wen. Review: Adam Wing.
I’m going to be completely honest here, and be warned, this might upset a few people. The fact of the matter is – I’ve never been a big fan of Chow Yun Fat. Don’t get me wrong, I love Hard Boiled, The Killer and A Better Tomorrow, but my admiration of those films has more to do with John Woo than anything else. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is another favourite of mine, but it wasn’t the Chow that tasted good, Zhang Ziyi and Michelle Yeoh were the reasons I fell in love that year. Anything I’ve seen him in since Crouching Tiger (Shanghai excepted) has been for me, well, a little bit ordinary, and the less said about Bulletproof Monk the better.
Chow Yun Fat is back then, in Jiang Wen's Let the Bullets Fly – an ultra-loose spin on the The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Jiang stars as "The Good", a charismatic bandit in need of a fresh challenge, Chow as "The Bad", a crime lord who’s more than a match for the new guy in town, and Ge You is "The Ugly", a gutless opportunist with a loose sense of loyalty. Let the Bullets Fly is a fast-talking, double-crossing comedy that puts emphasis on character and cunning – so it helps if you have an all-star cast to back you up. How about Carina Lau, Aloys Chen and Zhou Yun? It’s definitely a start. Let the Bullets Fly is one of the highest-grossing Chinese-language films ever in China, and it’s coming to the UK this September...Continue review here.