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240 Ratings

Let the Bullets Fly

Rang Zi Dan Fei | 让子弹飞

Directed by Jiang Wen
China, Hong Kong, 2010
Action, Drama, History
  • Mandarin
  • English


When circumstances force an outlaw (actor/director Jiang Wen) to impersonate a county governor and clean up a corrupt town, the Robin Hood figure finds himself in a showdown with the local “godfather” (Chow Yun-Fat).

Our take

One of Chinese cinema’s biggest hits and featuring a star-studded cast including Chow Yun-Fat, Jiang Wen’s giddy adventure is unstoppable fun that shows the disappointing Lone Ranger how to be a period film, razor-edged political satire, wacky comedy, and rip-roaring action picture all in one.

Let the Bullets Fly Directed by Jiang Wen

Critics reviews

It’s no less tonally divergent and genre-bending than The Sun Also Rises (which had failed with critics and audiences), but it also provides some genre thrills, with its nutty action-movie plot, set in the 1920s, about a Robin Hood–like bandit who poses as the new governor of a small village, only to find himself doing battle with the local warlord (played with murderous glee by Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun-fat).
May 02, 2017
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