Jiang Wen’s “Let the Bullets Fly”

Just Before the Bullets Fly

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You can sense that Grady Hendrix, writing for Slate, relishes the fact that “the most savage anti-corruption movie ever made in China, and the most cynical comedy about state-sponsored criminality, has not only received an official release, it has become the most popular Chinese movie of all time. Let the Bullets Fly came out in December 2010 and by the end of January 2011 it had shattered the previous record for highest-grossing Chinese language movie and become the second-highest-grossing movie ever released in China, second only to James Cameron‘s Avatar.”

And now that Bullets has begun its slow roll-out across North America, Hendrix is wondering how Americans (and Canadians) will take to it: “It’s rare for a movie this mean-spirited to be such a crowd-pleaser, but Chinese audiences took up the cause of Bullets with a vengeance. Analyses of its symbolism and its fast-paced, double-talk dialogue jammed the Internet.

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