What goes around comes around. After years of Americans pillaged the cinema of Asia, Asia is getting even: Yimou Zhang is remaking the Coen Bros’ Blood Simple!
Of course it isn’t quite the same as Zhang is a terrific filmmaker, and the idea of him tackling the Coen’s first film makes me get all sorts of curious and interested. How will the film, which is a darkly comedic noir, translate? I haven’t seen all of Zhang’s films but ‘darkly funny’ isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers or even the Jet Li Hero.
My curiosity will be sated, though, as Sony Pictures Classics has already acquired the film, which will be titled San Qiang Pi An Jing Qi (which translates into The Stunning Case of the Three Gunshots, and which started shooting in June. Can’t wait to see what Zhang ends up with.
Behind every great book adaptation is a forgettable first try. — By Ryan Covey