Let the Bullets Fly

Okay this is in the nature of a lazy repost but my favorite movie from this year’s ActionFest just became available on instant Netflix. Go watch it now! Yes it is subtitled but go watch it anyway.

Let the Bullets Fly (2010) – Not rated

“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. “

This was far and away my favorite movie of ActionFest this year. The writing is superb (yes lots of subtitles to read), the cinematography is great, the action is over-the-top to great comic effect, and the acting is top-notch. There are many reasons why this film is the top-grossing film of all time in China.

Chow Yun-Fat is always excellent, especially in Chinese films but here he is actually overshadowed by the writer/director/star Wen Jiang. The film is over two hours long but I didn’t feel that any of that time was wasted. There are so many wonderful gags/situations but I wouldn’t want to spoil any of them so I’ll only mention that the film opens with an attack on a horse-drawn train.