Let the Bullets Fly (2010)
“A comic western legend”
Director: Wen Jiang
Cast: Yun-Fat Chow, Wen Jiang, You Ge
Synopsis: In 1920s China, a bandit arrives in a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, where he faces off against a tyrannical local nobleman.
Let the Bullets Fly is set in the 1920s, an era during which warlords ruled, apparently. Wen Jiang plays a legendary bandit who forms an alliance with the governor (Ge You) whose horse-drawn train carriage he and his men have ambushed. The plan is to tax the town and move on, but they meet opposition from local warlord Chow Yun-Fat. It’s fast-paced, with well-staged action scenes and something of an epic feel about it at times. The acting might be a little broad for Western types, and a knowledge of Chinese modern history would be a definite advantage as the plot is a tad labyrinthine, but overall Let the Bullets Fly is a lot of fun.
(Reviewed 6th November 2014)