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News that Zhang Yimou would be remaking the Coen Brothers’ wonderful debut feature Blood Simple caused us to scratch our heads in puzzlement. But every new image and bit of footage from A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (formerly Amazing Tales: Three Guns and The First Gun) has suggested that, hey, maybe the whole project is actually a good idea. Now there’s a trailer for the North American release of the film, and it looks better than anything we’ve seen so far.

The trailer starts off pretty serious — the fact that a man’s wife is having an affair is revealed, and he hires a hitman to deal with the situation. But then there’s a bit of comedy the follows right after, and it’s a very Coen sort of juxtaposition.

Most of the rest of the trailer is dialogue free, and goes for tension and menace rather than the kooky feel of the international trailer. But as you might expect from the director of House of Flying Daggers, this footage looks gorgeous. I was more or less sold anyway, but now I can’t wait to see how this actually plays. Not long to wait now — the film opens limited on September 3.

Here’s the official synopsis, and below the trailer embed is a comparison of the domestic one-sheet and the DVD cover for Blood Simple:

Wang is a miserable yet cunning noodle shop owner in a desert town in China. Feeling neglected, Wang’s wife secretly goes out with Li, one of his employees. A timid man, Li reluctantly keeps the gun the landlady bought for ‘killing her husband later’. However, not a single move they make escapes the boss’s notice, and he decides to bribe patrol officer Zhang to kill the illicit couple. It looks like a perfect plan: the affair will come to a cruel but satisfying end… or so he thinks, but the equally wicked Zhang has an agenda of his own that will lead to even more violence…

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