You know what I love about announcements of a new Chinese movie? If they say the movie is coming out in 2010, then by God, chances are it’s coming out in 2010. You won’t get that kind of certainly with a Hollywood project, where a movie usually misses the release date by a couple of years. Anyhoo. Chow Yun Fat joining a period gangster movie? With bullets? Flying bullets to boot? They mind as well call this movie “Chow Yun Fat being Chow Yun Fat”, and that would pretty much sell it.
The film in question is “Let the Bullets Fly” from director Jiang Wen (“The Sun Also Rises”). Screen Daily describes Chow’s character as only “a visionary triad leader”, and claims the movie is set in 1920s China, but The Hollywood Reporter says the film is set after the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Oh well, one of those, I suppose. This is Chow’s second period piece set in China in as many years, counting the Mikael Håfström war drama “Shanghai”, which is set around the same period.
“Let the Bullets Fly” will also star popular Chinese actor Ge You (“The Banquet”), while director Jiang will co-star as a bandit who proclaims himself mayor of a remote provincial town.
The film, budgeted at $18 million and scheduled for a late 2010 release, is described as an action-comedy, which means don’t expect John Woo-esque gunplay. Though that’s a possibility, given Chow Yun Fat’s presence. The film starts shooting later this year.