This clunker by director Zhang Yimou purports to be a remake of Blood Simple but looks more like a bad imitation of Terry Gilliam, with comic-opera characters clambering over the surreal Western China scenery. The decision to re-do the Coen Bros. was questionable in the first place – Zhang (House of Flying Daggers, Hero) shows little feel for the material. Starring Sun Hunglei as the killer, Ni Dahong as the old boss, Yan Ni as the boss’ young wife, Xiao Shenyang as her lover, and Cheng Ye as the dim-witted waiter. Could have been worse. Could have been a musical version of The Hudsucker Proxy (95 min.).
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