Wang is a miserable noodle shop owner in a desert town in China. Feeling neglected, Wang's wife secretly goes out with Li one of his employees. Li reluctantly keeps a gun his lover bought for killing her husband and together they plot his demise. However, not a single move they make escapes the boss's notice, and he decides to bribe patrol officer Zhang to kill the illicit couple. It looks like a perfect plan: the affair will come to a cruel but satisfying end... or so he thinks. The equally wicked Zhang has an agenda of his own that, will lead to even more violence and bloodshed.
Of visual interest only
- Blood Simple review by Alphaville
This is a slight story filmed as a comedy, reduced to school-play level by the terrible OTT acting. On the plus side, lauded director Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers) can certainly film landscape and light. The outdoor scenes are set in the Rainbow Mountains of Zhangye and are absolutely glorious. Even if you’re not a fan of the Coen Brothers’ more prosaic original, this Chinese version of Blood Simple is worth a look to see a masterclass on how to film figures in a landscape. Shame it has little else going for it.