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Let the Bullets Fly



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About the Movie

It's the era of the Chinese warlords in the 1920s, and the new governor of Goosetown (Feng Xiaogang) is taking the train into town with his wife (Carina Lau) and right hand man Tang (Ge You). However, a handful of bandits led by Pocky Zhang (Jiang Wen) want to capture the train, and the explosion they set proves bigger than they expected and the new governor is killed. Pocky realizes no one in Goosetown has seen the new governor, so he decides to take his place, and the wife and Tang are forced to play along. Meanwhile in Goosetown, Huang (Chow Yun-Fat) is a powerful criminal who deals in slaves and opium; he's convinced one of his many enemies will kill him, so he employed a simple-minded local man who looks exactly like him (also played by Chow Yun-Fat) to serve as his decoy. When Pocky arrives in town, he goes out of his way to make friends with his new "constituents," and Huang sees he has a powerful rival for the loyalties of the community. The rivalry between Pocky and Huang escalates into a shooting war, though Huang doesn't know Pocky isn't the real governor and Pocky doesn't realize there's more than one Huang. Let The Bullets Fly was a massive box office success in China, becoming the top-grossing domestic release of all time upon its release in 2010.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 29
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: At least 30 minutes and several scams too long, the plot passes from amusing to confounding long before the final double-cross. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Mar 1, 2012

Fresh: A rollicking, violent, Western-cum-comedy that serves many masters, but adds up to an entertaining hot pot of wry political commentary and general mischief. – John Anderson, Variety, Apr 27, 2011

Fresh: A rollicking Chinese western directed with cinematic gumption. – Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter, Apr 27, 2011

Fresh: Comedy and shifting-allegiances intrigue more than compensate for the dearth of rousing action in this 1920s-set film... – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Feb 28, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Best, Best Chinese Film in years, and for years to come

Based on the reviews, and reviews on other Chinese movies, it seems like the English speaking world only expects martial art/ Kong fu movies from China, if you are of the stereotypes who only expects stereotype movies from China, steer clear of this one. In order to understand the dark humor, and political innuendos, you need to be familiar with Chinese culture and history, if not Chinese yourself. And yes, the translation is terrible, not helping the spread of this extraordinary movie. But as a hippy Chinese I can tell you, this is definitely not one of the tacky, annoying and sentimentalist movies that come out of the giant crap machine of Chinese movie industry. Compared to Jiangwen, Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and all the other "internationally acclaimed Chinese movies stars" are just circus clowns. All in all, you need to be very informative of Chinese culture to be able to understand this movie.

Excellent action comedy

A really good movie. Perfect to go with beer and popcorn.

Must See!

This film is one of those rare international films that blends comedy action style and substance without trying too hard. Everything flows well and it is by far the most interesting and entertaining Chinese film in recent memory. Also if you are like some people who said this movie was boring because of no martial arts well I say to you does ever movie about Italians have to be gangster film? Or every black movie have to be about pimps/drug dealers/ music? Stop stereotyping and just enjoy

Let the Bullets Fly
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2011

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