Agenda: Found in Translation

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Published July 15, 2010

 

 

When Chinese director Zhang Yimou saw Joel and Ethan Coen’s directorial debut Blood Simple (1984) more than 20 years ago at the Cannes Film Festival, he said he didn’t know what was going on due to the lack of Mandarin subtitles. “I only saw the images,” the 59-year-old director told indiewire.com. His remake of the Coen brothers’ thriller A Woman, A Gun, and a Noodle Shop (Sony Pictures Classics), out September 3, is no less visually explosive. Yes, the Texan bar is now a noodle shop set in the desert of Northern China, but there is still adultery, a resurrected corpse, as well as a hand stuck to a wall by the use of scissors. More info at sonyclassics.com