Director: Zhang Yimou. Cast: Dahong Ni, Ni Yan, Xiao Shen-Yang. 95 min. Rated R. China. Drama.
The Coen Brothers have only two serious (and great) dramas, Blood Simple and No Country for Old Men, and all their others are satires delightfully run by lampoons and idiots. This is Yimou's Chinese remake of Blood Simple, with a catch: it's a serious drama run by lampoons and idiots. The result of the mismatch is, that the movie doesn't work. Surely, the beautiful cinematography is the only element that holds the film together. But it was expected from the great Yimou to know better.