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Let The Bullets Fly

Set in China during the warring 1920s, notorious bandit chief Zhang descends upon a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, an identity that he had hijacked from Old Tang, himself a small-time imposter. Hell-bent on making a fast buck, Zhang soon meets his match in the tyrannical local gentry Huang as a deadly battle of wit and brutality ensues.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: NA
Classification: 18
Release Date: 26 May 2011
Genre: Action / Comedy
Running Time: 2 Hours 12 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN SCREEN CINEMAS
Cast: Jiang Wen, Chow Yun-Fat, Carina Lau, Ge You, Hu Jun, Chen Kun
Director: Jiang Wen
Format: NA

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Watch this if you liked: “One Foot Off The Ground”, “Aftershock”

Dubbed by the film's director as China's answer to Hollywood's "Oceans Twelve", Jiang Wen's "Let The Bullets Fly" is an immensely rich and successful genre-bender that will go down as one of the best movies of the year to all Mandarin-speaking territories.

With even Feng Xiaogang in a cameo appearance early in the film, the man behind "Founding Of A Republic" and "The Lost Bladesman" blends art house storytelling with commercial sensibilities to deliver an entertaining period caper about three men in 1920s warring China - Bangde Ma (Ge You), Pocky Zhang (Jiang Wen himself in an inspired performance) and Huang (Chow Yun Fat). It's black humour with lots of old school banditry seeped in a political battle of wits.

The cast turn in a five-star performance with each actor stealing the scenes of another; it's appropriately convoluted and sharply tackled. However, most reviewers note that some of the subtleties of language are perhaps lost to all but the native Chinese.

Any viewer who manages to catch "Let The Bullets Fly" will know that the 30 over script drafts he went over before finally being satisfied is no exaggeration. The sequences are intelligent and weighted, although some CG work came across very cartoonish.

With its two versions (one in Mandarin and one in Sichuanese), the film broke several box office records in Mainland China and Hong Kong, and has received critical acclaim, when it was released. One source has it down for a 730 million yuan (US$111.1 million) in box office, becoming the highest-grossing domestic film in China's cinematic history when it was released.

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U - General viewing for all ages
P13 - Parental guidance is advisable for children below 13 years old
18 - For 18+ with elements for mature audiences
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