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People's Republic of China (Mainland China / Hong Kong)


Ma Ke, Albert Lee, Yin Homber, Barbie Tung, Zhao Haicheng


Jiang Wen

China, 1920s. It is the Age of Warlords and the whole country is in total chaos.

Purportedly ruled by an impotent central government, corrupt and over-ambitious local military commanders surge to power, running their forces like private armies. In the countryside, innocent citizens fall victims to marauding bandits who themselves become a force to be reckoned with and, before long, a law unto themselves.

Out of this brutal world in the life is short and nasty, a man with a mysterious past strides forth. Curiously nick-named “Pocky” – for he has not a mark on his face – Zhang Muzhi is a prodigious marksman and leader of a band of outlaws known as the Mahjong Gang.

When what sets off as a regulation train robbery draws to an unintended and bloody conclusion, Zhang finds himself having to assume the identity of a dead county governor and leads his men on a journey to take charge of a southern town.

Unbeknownst to Zhang, however, the governor did not die in the raid. In a desperate attempt to survive, the governor swapped identities with one of the dead men and became, quite reluctantly, the counselor in the Zhang’s entourage.

More surprises are in store for Zhang and his intrepid gang of outlaws as they arrive to find that the town is firmly in the iron grip of Master Huang, a wealthy and ruthless local gentry, who is evidently far more than what he seems. Immediately sensing a threat from each other, Zhang and Huang lock themselves in a desperate and deadly struggle, in which both men must summon up every iota of strategy and brute strength, in an effort to remain the last man standing…


About Jiang Wen

In 1993, Jiang Wen was already one of China’s most celebrated actors when he wrote and directed his first film, In The Heat Of The Sun. Based on Wang Shuo’s novel Feral Animals, this stunning debut won the Best Actor Award for Xia Yu at both the 1994 Venice Film Festival and the 1995 Singapore International Film Festival. It was named one of Time Magazine’s 10 best films in the world in 1995, before going on in the following year to sweep the board with six Taiwan Golden Horse awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

In 1998, Jiang wrote, directed and starred in his second feature, Devils On The Doorstep. The controversial black comedy, set in the 1940s during the final days of Japanese occupation of China, won the Grand Prix at the 53rd Cannes Film Festival in 2000, as well as the Netpac Award at the 2001 Hawaii International Film Festival. After a five-year hiatus, Jiang made The Sun Also Rises, his third feature film, which competed for the Golden Lion at the 2007 Venice Film Festival.

Let The Bullets Fly is only his fourth feature film as a director since 1993.

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