Let the Bullets Fly becomes highest grossing domestic film in China
Surpassing Feng Xiaogang's Aftershock, Jia Wen's 2010 Film Let the Bullets Fly set a new record at the box office
by Claudia Xie
Date Published: 02/18/2011
Let the Bullets Fly. Photo courtesy of Lovehkfilm.com
Since its release last December, Jia Wen's Let the Bullets Fly has earned RMB 730 million (about $111 million) at box offices in Mainland China, passing the previous record set by Feng Xiaogang's 2009 film Aftershock, which made RMB 640 million domestically. It has now become the second highest grossing film ever released in Mainland China, following James Cameron's Avatar.
Set in 1920s war-torn China, Let the Bullets Fly centers around a bandit chief Zhang (Jiang Wen), who pretends to be the newly installed governor of Goose Town; his band of six brothers; and Tang (Ge You), a small time hustler from whom Zhang steals the idea for the scam. He encounters the local mobster Huang Silang (Chow Yun Fat), who tries to kill Zhang in order to regain his power in Goose Town.
With its black humor, clever dialogue, and spectacular performances by the three lead actors, the film has been widely praised by moviegoers and critics. Jiang Wen attributed the box office success to the attempt of making the film more "conventional" than his other films. The director's last film, 2007's The Sun Also Rises, was perceived by the audience to be confusing and too abstract.
Let the Bullets Fly received six nominations at the 5th Asian Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Costume Design. The award ceremony will be held on March 11th.