3. San Qiang ( A Simple Noodle Story) – Chinese version of Cohen Brothers’ Blood Simple
Poster of San Qiang (ifensi.com)
Zhang Yimou's San Qiang (A Simple Noodle Story) is his latest work after directing Beijing’s Olympiad opening ceremony. The script is an adaptation of the Coen Brothers' 1984 film Blood Simple. Zhang and his producer paid good money for the rights to the re-make. Solid script, star-studded cast, the most renowned Chinese filmmaker of all times, and plenty of cash. Sounds like a recipe for success. But instead, it turned out to be one of the most controversial film of 2009. Coen Brothers fans disliked how Zhang massacred the original script and messed up the adaptation. Imitation requires intelligence. Zhang may be the master of filmmaking, but not a master of shanzhai.