If I didn’t know that Zhang Yimou’s (Hero) upcoming film The First Gun (formerly Amazing Tales: Three Guns) was a remake of/re-imaging of/in-anyway-connected-to the Coen Brothers classic, debut film Blood Simple., then I never would have guessed it from the Chinese trailer that just went online. Now I don’t speak Chinese (or Mandarin or whatever dialect or language they’re speaking in the trailer) but none of the images clue me in to the plot of a cuckold who hires a hitman to murder his adulterous wife and her lover. It’s not the setting. I just can’t see the plot. I guess maybe the guy in black with the bow and arrow and a cannon is the hitman? Clearly, Yimou has made some radical changes, but when you see this trailer, I doubt you’ll think, “Huh. This kind of reminds me of Blood Simple.”
Check out the trailer after the jump and maybe you can see a resemblance that I’m missing from all this.
Thanks to Russ over at /Film for the heads-up.