A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop

February 2-3
A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop
(China, 2009, 95 min)

Featured at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop is a masterful portrayal of violence in the face of infidelity. Zhang Yimou, the award winning director of House of Flying Daggers and Hero, captures both the majestic space of the natural landscape and the simple workings of a noodle shop.  Manifesting as a spaghetti western with a samurai twist, the film begins with Wang (Dahong Ni), a mean old man who owns a noodle shop. Feeling neglected, Wang’s wife (Ni Yan) begins an affair with Li (Xiao Shen-Yang) one of Wang’s employees. When Wang discovers the affair, he asks patrol officer Zhang (Honglei Sun) to kill the couple. A remake of the Coen Brothers’ Blood Simple, A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop provides a traditional story of revenge with a narrative twist that will surprise and challenge audiences.