Even though Zhang Yimou had already done Shanghai Triad when he dipped into wuxia for Hero and House of Flying Daggers, it’s still a strange thing to hear that he’s engaged in popular moviemaking. The Zahang Yimou of To Live and Raise the Red Lantern is still the director I think of when I hear his name.

Now Yimou is making a picture called Amazing Tales — Three Guns, which sounds like he’s exhuming pulp affectations he might have had as a kid. (Or thinking about the triple-breasted whores of Eroticon 6.) The film will have two distinct parts, says Variety, one being a suspense thriller and the other a comedy. That’s all we’ve got right now. In fact, I’m even assuming that this is a period film, but that’s what ‘Amazing Tales’ says to me.