Wang is a gloomy and cunning noodle shop owner in a desert town in China. Feeling neglected, Wang’s wife secretly goes out with his employee, Li. A timid man, Li reluctantly keeps the gun the landlady bought for ‘killing her husband later’. However, not a single move they make escapes the boss’s notice, and he decides to bribe patrol officer Zhang to kill the illicit couple. It looks like a perfect plan: the affair will come to a cruel but satisfying end… or so he thinks, but the equally wicked Zhang has an agenda of his own that will lead to even more violence… Note: Film is presented in Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles.
I know what you’re thinking, American filmmakers have been ripping off ideas for films from Asia in the past recent years (most especially in horror and drama) that it would be fine if Asian filmmakers turned the tables on them. Well, director Zhang Yimou seems to have this very idea when he made a Chinese re-issue of the Coen Brothers’ now-classic “Blood Simple” with “A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop” (or if you prefer “A Simple Noodle Story” as … more