Let the Bullets Fly (让子弹飞) – Our Review

Learning Chinese with a Classic – Let the Bullets Fly?

你还能听出来是谁吹的呢? Nǐ hái néng tīng chūlái shì shuí chuī de ne
You can tell by listening?
得分时候 Défēn shíhòu
It depends
什么时候 Shénme shíhòu
On when?
那上面印着他名字的时候 Nà shàngmiàn yìnzhe tā míngzì de shíhòu
If his name was printed there

Today the film I’m going to recommend is the action packed, comedy thriller: Let the Bullets Fly (让子弹飞 ràng zǐ dàn fēi).

This film is quite violent, with a 15 age rating, so just a friendly reminder that you should only watch it if you are aged 15 or older.

Let the Bullets Fly Review | Brief Introduction

Let the Bullets Fly Review | Where to watch

Let the Bullets Fly Review | Director’s relatives

Let the Bullets Fly Review | Cast

Let the Bullets Fly Review | Words to know

Let the Bullets Fly Review | FAQ’s

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Let the Bullets Fly: Brief Introduction

Have you ever thought what could happen to you when you are just having fun, eating hotpot and singing?

Let the Bullets Fly
Let the Bullets Fly

Well Governor Ma (马邦德 mǎ bāngdé) never imagined that while he was doing all three he would be robbed by a group of bandits led by Pocky Zhang (张麻子 zhāng mázǐ)!

Governor Ma was travelling by train to Goose Town (鹅城 é chéng) with his adviser Counsellor Tang (汤师爷 Tāng shīyé) to take up the position of county governor when they are attacked.

During the robbery Counsellor Tang (汤师爷 Tāng shīyé) is killed, along with Governor Ma’s bodyguards.

However, Governor Ma is smart!

To avoid being killed by the bandits he lies to them, saying that he is Counsellor Tang and that it was Governor Ma who was killed.

He bargains with the bandits, and says that if they spare his life he will help Pocky Zhang impersonate Governor Ma so that they can go to Goose Town and steal the town’s finances.

What they didn’t know is that Goose Town is actually ruled by a local mobster Huang Silang (黄四郎 Huáng sìláng).

So what will happen after Governor Ma meets Huang Silang? One side wants justice and the other wants money? Who will win?

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Let the Bullets Fly: Where to Watch

Let the Bullets Fly was made in both Mandarin and Sichuanese, so there are two versions of it available to watch.

Both versions are available to watch on the Chinese streaming platform Youku for free with English subtitles.

Let the Bullets Fly: Director’s Relatives

The director of Let the Bullets Fly is the famous Chinese actor and director Wen Jiang (姜文 jiāng wén).

You may recognise his from his part as Baze Malbus in the Star Wars film Rogue One.

In Let the Bullets Fly Wen Jiang plays the part of Pocky Zhang, and he also hired some of his family members to act in the movie as well.

Wen Jiang’s wife, actress Zhou Yun (周韵 zhōu yún) plays a prostitute in the film named Flora (花姐 huā jiě).

His brother Wu Jiang (姜武 jiāng wǔ) also plays a role in the film, but I won’t tell you who.

I am pretty sure you will be able to figure it out because of how similar the two brothers look.

Even if you have a very high Chinese level, this movie may be a little hard to understand so I would recommend watching it with English subtitles.

However, you will still be able to learn some famous lines and new words, while laughing and enjoying the film.

Let the Bullets Fly: Cast

  • Chow Yun Fat (周润发 zhōu rùnfā)

Plays Huang Silang (黄四郎 Huáng sìláng) in the movie.

He is a famous Hong Kong actor who has starred in films such as A Better Tomorrow, God Of Gamblers and Hidden Dragon.

  • Wen Jiang (姜文 jiāng wén)

Plays Pocky Zhang (张麻子 zhāng mázi) and is also the director of this movie.

He is a very famous editor, director and actor.

He is known for his role in Red Sorghum and directing the famed 2000 film Devils on the Doorstep, winning him a great reputation.

  • You Ge (葛优 gě yōu)

Plays Counsellor Tang (汤师爷 tāng shīyé).

A famous actor who has starred in films such as Lifetimes Living and The Wasted Times.

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Let the Bullets Fly: Words to Know

ChinesePinyinEnglish
鹅城 É chéng Goose town
麻匪 Má fěi Bandit
县长 Xiàn zhǎng Governor
算逑 Suàn qiú (Sichuan dialect) Cut it out
公平 Gōngpíng Justice
报仇 Bàochóu Avenge
枪在手,跟我走 Qiāng zài shǒu, gēn wǒ zǒu Those with guns follow me

Some people say that this movie has a profound metaphor and is hard to understand.

I personally enjoy it and like each character having their own personality, with the actors all giving a great performance in this movie.

As the Chinese saying goes “There are a thousand Hamlets in a thousand people’s eyes” (一千个人眼中就有一千个哈姆雷特 yīqiān gèrén yǎnzhōng jiù yǒu yīqiān gè hāmǔléitè).

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You are more than welcome to share your review with us in the comments below.

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Let the Bullets Fly Review: FAQ’s

When was Let the Bullets Fly released?

Let the Bullets Fly was released in 2010.

How long is Let the Bullets Fly?

Let the Bullets Fly is 132 minutes long.

Can I watch Let the Bullets Fly on YouTube?

Yes, you can pay to watch Let the Bullets Fly on YouTube.

What’s the meaning of Let the Bullets Fly?

The character Six asks: “You missed?” and Pocky Zhang replies: “Let the bullets fly…”. It means that you need to be patient and wait for the ending.


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