Zhang Yimou’s “Noodle Shop” Opens in North America

Zhang Yimou’s slapstick comedy A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop (remake of Coen Brothers’ Blood Simple) was released in North America by Sony Pictures Classics on Sept. 3, 2010. In his lengthy review/interview of the filmmaker, Chris Lee of The Los Angeles Times calls the film “visually lush”, “goofy”, and “somewhat baffling to many non-Chinese viewers”; it nevertheless “highlights a certain coming of age for Chinese cinema” (Aug. 29, 2010). Lee also quotes the film’s producer as saying that Zhang’s remake “may have unintentionally opened the door to a kind of cross-cultural movie exchange program”, as the Coen Brothers indicated that “they are going to make a remake of Raise the Red Lantern“.

"A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop" (2009), Zhang Yimou's take on Coen Brothers' debut "Blood Simple" (1984)

The film is given a limited release, playing in 5 theaters in Los Angeles and New York. According to boxofficemojo, it earned $27,300 in its opening weekend (Sept 3-5), or $5,460 average per screen. As of Sept. 6, 2010, Zhang’s “Noodle Shop” raked in a total of $36,300 at the North American box office.

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