Chow Yun Fat to Let the Bullets Fly

Chow Yun Fat in Hard Boiled (1992) Movie ImageYou 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.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Chow Yun Fat in The Children of Huang Shi (2008) Movie Image

See, this is how you get to Beijing. Stupid foreigner.



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Yes let’s “Let The Bullets Fly!!” It just sounds like a Chow Yun Fat flick. I can’t wait to see him shooting sh!t up again!!

  • Dedpool

    Yes let’s “Let The Bullets Fly!!” It just sounds like a Chow Yun Fat flick. I can’t wait to see him shooting sh!t up again!!

  • ybyxk

    having seen the film, it is a revoluntionary piece of work… and by the way the original filmed in China is set in 1920s …. but Hollywood want to do a re-make with new actors/actresses… so the story will be changed whatever… it’s not about gunplay story but about social problems, wealth problems…anyway, there are many hidden meanings within it that critique on things that’s not suppose to be said, no wonder Hollywood want to make it into communist story…

  • Jack567

    Over hyped and over long tripe. Poor excuse for a plot with far too many scenes which could have been removed completely. 2 hour and 40 min of film that could have been reduced to just under 2 hours for a better movie.

    Ive never seen the original but im sure that this film was approved solely as a pet project of the director. No self respecting studio would approve of this without the serious star power behind it.