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Let the Bullets Fly (2010) (Blu-ray + DVD) (US Version) Blu-ray Region A

Carina Lau (Actor) | Chow Yun Fat (Actor) | Jiang Wen (Director) | Ge You (Actor)
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Three major stars compete in an intense battle of wits in actor-director Jiang Wen's Let the Bullets Fly. Successfully integrating his unique dark sense of humor into a commercial blockbuster, Jiang has created a smart, entertaining action comedy with dialogue that fly faster than bullets and a story filled with unpredictable twists. A Chinese take on the "Good, Bad, Ugly" formula of the Spaghetti Western genre, Bullets stars Jiang as "The Good", a bandit who becomes the new mayor of a lawless town, Chow Yun Fat as "The Bad", the crime lord who won't give up power without a fight, and Ge You as "The Ugly", an opportunist with a loose sense of loyalty. Let the Bullets Fly also co-stars Carina Lau (Detective Dee), Aloys Chen (Painted Skin), and Zhou Yun (The Sun Also Rises).

Released in the competitive 2010 yearend slot in Mainland China against Feng Xiaogang's If You Are the One 2 and Chen Kaige's Sacrifice, Let the Bullets Fly was as popular in Chinese cinemas as it was on Internet discussion forums. Packed with satiric commentary and opened to multiple ways of interpretation, Bullets sparked hot debates in both Mainland China and Hong Kong, as audiences and scholars attempted to decode its hidden agendas, social criticisms, and possible alternate fates for its characters. One of the highest-grossing Chinese-language films ever in China, Let the Bullets Fly a unique Chinese blockbuster that's not to be missed.

China, 1919. Bandit Scarface Zhang (Jiang Wen) leads his posse in a fatal train robbery that leaves only Tang (Ge You), a rich man who buys governorships all over China, and his wife (Carina Lau) alive. To save his life, Tang lies that he was only accompanying the new major of Goose Town. Looking for a big payday, Zhang assumes the governorship and turns Goose Town upside down. The problem is that order is created by the town crime lord Huang Si Lang (Chow Yun Fat), and he is not ready to lose his iron grip. Soon, Huang and Zhang are outwitting each other in a violent game, with Tang constantly shifting allegiance to protect his own skin.

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Product Title: Let the Bullets Fly (2010) (Blu-ray + DVD) (US Version) 讓子彈飛 (2010) (Blu-ray + DVD) (美國版) 让子弹飞 (2010) (Blu-ray + DVD) (美国版) 讓子彈飛 (2010) (Blu-ray + DVD) (US版) Let the Bullets Fly (2010) (Blu-ray + DVD) (US Version)
Artist Name(s): Carina Lau (Actor) | Chow Yun Fat (Actor) | Ge You (Actor) | Feng Xiao Gang (Actor) | Chen Kun (Actor) | Zhang Mo (Actor) | Jiang Wu (Actor) | Hu Jun (Actor) | Shao Bing (Actor) | Miao Pu (Actor) | Li Jing (Actor) | Liao Fan (Actor) | Zhou Yun (Actor) | Yao Lu (Actor) | Michelle Bai (Actor) 劉嘉玲 (Actor) | 周潤發 (Actor) | 葛優 (Actor) | 馮小剛 (Actor) | 陳坤 (Actor) | 張默 (Actor) | 姜武 (Actor) | 胡軍 (Actor) | 邵兵 (Actor) | 苗圃 (Actor) | 李靜 (Actor) | 廖凡 (Actor) | 周韻 (Actor) | 姚櫓 (Actor) | 白 冰 (Actor) 刘嘉玲 (Actor) | 周润发 (Actor) | 葛优 (Actor) | 冯小刚 (Actor) | 陈坤 (Actor) | 张默 (Actor) | 姜武 (Actor) | 胡军 (Actor) | 邵兵 (Actor) | 苗圃 (Actor) | 李静 (Actor) | 廖凡 (Actor) | 周韵 (Actor) | 姚橹 (Actor) | 白 冰 (Actor) 劉嘉玲 (カリーナ・ラウ)  (Actor) | 周潤發 (チョウ・ユンファ) (Actor) | 葛優 (グォ・ヨウ) (Actor) | 馮小剛(フォン・シャオガン) (Actor) | 陳坤(チェン・クン) (Actor) | Zhang Mo (Actor) | 姜武(ジァン・ウー) (Actor) | 胡軍(フー・ジュン) (Actor) | 邵兵(シャオ・ピン) (Actor) | 苗圃 (ミャオ・プー) (Actor) | Li Jing (Actor) | 廖凡(リアオ・ファン) (Actor) | Zhou Yun (Actor) | Yao Lu (Actor) | ミシェル・バイ (Actor) Carina Lau (Actor) | 주윤발 (Actor) | Ge You (Actor) | Feng Xiao Gang (Actor) | Chen Kun (Actor) | Zhang Mo (Actor) | Jiang Wu (Actor) | 후 준 (Actor) | Shao Bing (Actor) | Miao Pu (Actor) | Li Jing (Actor) | Liao Fan (Actor) | Zhou Yun (Actor) | Yao Lu (Actor) | 백 빙 (Actor)
Director: Jiang Wen 姜文 姜文 姜文(チアン・ウェン) Jiang Wen
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2012-04-24
UPC Code: 812491012987
Language: English, Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Place of Origin: China
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 132 (mins)
Publisher: Well Go USA, Inc.
Package Weight: 104 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030770885

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Professional Review of "Let the Bullets Fly (2010) (Blu-ray + DVD) (US Version)"

May 30, 2011

This professional review refers to Let The Bullets Fly (2010) (Blu-ray + DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
At over two hours, Let the Bullets Fly is a long haul, but writer-director-star-god Jiang Wen (Devils on the Doorstep, The Sun Also Rises) delivers the goods. His "Dim Sum Western" is a smart, fast and fun ride that’s got layers to enjoy and/or discuss. The film does possess flaws; international audiences may be befuddled by the density of Jiang's story and script, and the sheer amount of crossing, double-crossing and two-faced double-speak happening onscreen sometimes approaches exhausting. No matter, Jiang Wen plays his audience like a dime-store harmonica, and he does it so well that he deserves a salute, a thumbs-up or maybe just a high-five. Choose your form of approval.

The title may lead some to expect an action picture, but Let the Bullets Fly is more of a black comedy, with veiled satire mixed with bursts of action and a few over-the-top moments. Jiang Wen stars as renowned bandit Zhang Muzhi, who hijacks a horse-drawn train carrying politician Ma Bangde (Ge You) and his wife (Carina Lau). Ma is actually a conman rather than a politician; his gig involves buying gubernatorial posts and then taxing the locals. Ma pretends that he’s his own councilor to avoid death (his real councilor, played by Feng Xiaogang, perishes in the train robbery) from Zhang's men, but finds himself hijacked by Zhang anyway. Deciding that gentlemanly thievery (i.e., political power) would be a nice change of pace, Zhang plans to take up the governor post of Ma's next mark, the downtrodden outpost Goose Town.

But Zhang has a pretty big obstacle. Goose Town's resident godfather Huang (Chow Yun-Fat) chooses to ignore Zhang's authority, even though Zhang presides with a pistol at his side. Huang looks to push Zhang out of town without revealing his obviously bad intentions, but Zhang is game, choosing to take this battle of wits back to Huang. While Ma looks on, both Zhang and Huang use an armory-full of cunning, trickery and thinly-veiled wordplay to gain even the slightest advantage over the other. Much of the comedy in Let the Bullets Fly comes from this thin layer of deception, where people pretend to be people that they aren't while acting like they're not enemies with someone they most certainly are. And both sides usually know that the other person knows that they know what the other person is trying to do. Get the picture?

Probably not, so here's a diagram: Zhang Muzhi goes to Goose Town and pretends to be governor Ma Bangde, but he's really a bandit called Pocky Zhang because of pock marks on his face that he doesn’t actually possess (Note: relevant!). Meanwhile, gangster Huang pretends to be a good guy while plotting wickedly and acting condescending to his foes. The real Ma Bangde pretends to be his dead councilor Tang in order to stay alive, but he may be working a few other angles. Despite all this trickery, nobody is really fooled by anyone else, but they all pretend that they are, just so they can play the other person and make things even more confusing. An added bonus: Huang has a double, also played by Chow Yun-Fat, who he uses occasionally as a decoy. Who's really who, here? There's an answer to that question, and perhaps it has greater meaning. Or maybe it doesn't. Go ahead and pick your side on this issue.

The layered character dynamic in Let the Bullets Fly is very fun but also very talky; many of the reversals and reveals happen in dialogue, making the film potentially unfriendly to non-Mandarin speakers. Also, much of the humor is dependent on wordplay and Chinese culture, and action occurs verbally just as much - if not more - than it does kinetically. There's standard action with guns and chases, but it's mostly for show rather than John Woo-esque excitement. Jiang presents his heroes with mucho ironic coolness (e.g., guys posing coolly or holding guns akimbo), and the action is presented with a fast, sharp rhythm that feels more like dance than gunplay. It's entertaining but hardly bullet ballet. If someone sees Chow Yun-Fat, hears the word "bullets" in the title, and gets visions of post-modern John Woo homages, then disappointment could be in the offing. If that describes you, then this is your warning.

Look past that warning and you'll be rewarded, however, because Let the Bullets Fly is a terrific motion picture that should be appreciated by anyone who likes smart cinema. It's not a perfect film. Ge You's character doesn't have a strong arc, and serves more as an enabler to both Chow Yun-Fat and Jiang Wen's characters. Also, the film does occasionally lag, its interest in its own cleverness and large cast of characters sometimes becoming tiring. The characters are well-defined even outside the big three of Zhang, Tang and Huang, but the shifting focus and breathless verbal jousting sometimes goes on too long. There's great stuff here, but even great stuff can exasperate if it seems never-ending. However, Jiang Wen is a confident director, and it shows in each choice and movement made. Thanks to Jiang's assured touch and the sharp editing, going along for the ride is quite easy.

The most fascinating aspect of Let the Bullets Fly is its politics - or perhaps just its sly way of presenting them. This is a commercial film, but Jiang Wen scatters multiple ideas throughout, touching upon corruption, suppression, bureaucracy, politics and revolution, among other choice touchy subjects. These are themes that should be uncomfortable to China and yet SARFT (State Administration of Radio, Film and Television) passed the film, indicating just how hidden or embedded Jiang Wen's ideas are (or maybe how inattentive SARFT really is). There's a veiled critique of China present - or maybe there isn't, but hey, it's easy to imagine that Jiang Wen is trying to stick it to China while raking in the kudos and RMB. In many ways, Let the Bullets Fly feels like a smart and sardonic joke on the China audience. It entertains and thrills while offering meaning - but what does it all really mean? Maybe only enough to produce an amused glint in Jiang Wen’s eye.

So let's forget what it all means and concentrate on the stuff that we dig: actors, action, sharp dialogue and a good old time at the movies. Let the Bullets Fly is all of that and a bag of chips, with a rich screenplay accompanied by strong camerawork, rousing music (some leftover from Joe Hisaishi's The Sun Also Rises score), vivid sound design and fast, unerring editing. The star triumvirate is one to behold; Jiang Wen convinces with strong and effortless cool, Ge You is weak and conniving without being pathetic or annoying, and Chow Yun-Fat owns the screen as the duplicitous yet oddly honorable gangster and his idiotic double. In smaller roles, Aloys Chen, Carina Lau and Jiang's wife Zhou Yun also make an impression. Let the Bullets Fly strongly walks a line between commerce and art, providing action, comedy and whip smart entertainment while also giving cinema readers something to chew upon. A few years back, it was Crazy Racer, and last year it was Cow. This year, Let the Bullets Fly should be your Chinese commercial cinema of choice.

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 3 - 3 out of 10 (4)

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August 18, 2011

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Black comedy/social/political satire Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Perfect? no, but I enjoyed the humor and the hidden commentaries. There are plenty of good solid reviewers that have explained this movie and I for one was not disappointed nor was I mislead. Watch it and enjoy the twists and humor,you may even catch a hidden social/plitical comment or two, but overall its an enjoyable movie.
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August 3, 2011

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no! no! no! Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
This movie was a big hit in china but really does not work for us in the west. Apart from a couple of laugh out loud moments its not an easy film to watch as it makes very little sense! Picture and sound were good on the blu ray but otherwise a bit of a dissapointment.
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July 29, 2011

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What a long-drawn-out joke! Customer Review Rated Bad 0 - 0 out of 10
As far as I remember, this is the first ever Chinese movie I rated this low because I hated it so much. I knew right from the beginning that I was in for some stupid slapstick comedy that insults anyone's intelligence when I saw a train pulled by horses along the tracks while spewing out smoke. It's sad to see Chow Yun Fat embarass himself in such an idiotic role in such an absurd movie by a such a bombastic director.
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June 17, 2011

This customer review refers to Let The Bullets Fly (2010) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Wasted Big-name Stars Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
What are these big-name stars doing in giving us such a messy, unsatisfying, pretentious, ragged show !

These big-names have lost their acting prowess long ago. Chow was great in his earlier Hong Kong films.
He has not done jack since then.

Ge was superb in "To Live". Now, he looks like a joke. Lau's role in this show reduces her stature of a decent actress.

Are these people hard up for employment and grab any role coming their way ?
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