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Confirmed: Yimou is Remaking Coen’s Blood Simple

THR reports that “San Qiang Pai An Jing Qi” — which roughly translates as The Stunning Case of the Three Gun Shots contains both thriller and comedy elements and stars Sun Honglei, Xiao Shenyang and actress Yan Ni (who I imagine will play Frances McDormand’s role).

While the economy cancelled larger, more ambitious projects, if you ask me the project Zhang Yimou‘s next might be ambitiously on par with the likes of Hero and House of Flying Daggers. It was reported back in March (see article) that a director who has taken on almost all genres except comedy was looking to add just that to his filmography, and then MonkeyPeaches.com reported that Yimou had secured the remake rights to the Coen’s Bros. classic Blood Simple. Today, we get confirmation that the production that was in pre-production is indeed the 1984 American indie. I’m not sure about you kids, but I’m psyched for this remake and would be curious to know how the pick up of the rights occurred? Hopefully, someone during the A Serious Man junkets can ask just that question. For the time being: I wonder whether martial arts chops will replace cold steel? Will Yimou look to film noir as a point of reference? Will he appease the censors?

THR reports that “San Qiang Pai An Jing Qi” — which roughly translates as The Stunning Case of the Three Gun Shots contains both thriller and comedy elements and stars Sun Honglei, Xiao Shenyang and actress Yan Ni (who I imagine will play Frances McDormand’s role).

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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