East Meets West Texas

East Meets West Texas

2 Episodes

In 1984, Joel and Ethan Coen burst onto the scene with their crackerjack debut feature BLOOD SIMPLE, a brilliantly constructed neonoir in which a sleazy Texas bar owner’s plot to have his cheating wife and her lover killed sets into motion an increasingly berserk chain of events. Twenty-five years later, Chinese master Zhang Yimou (RAISE THE RED LANTERN, HERO) transplanted the Coens’ twisty tale from the Lone Star State to nineteenth-century China in A WOMAN, A GUN AND A NOODLE SHOP, adding elaborate period costumes, stylized sets, operatic characters, and splashes of wild comedy to create one of the most audacious remakes in recent memory.

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East Meets West Texas
  • Blood Simple

    Episode 1

    Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen • 1984 • United States

    Joel and Ethan Coen's career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America began with this razor-sharp, hard-boiled neonoir set somewhere in Texas, where a sleazy bar owner releases a torrent of violence with one murderous though...

  • A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

    Episode 2

    Directed by Zhang Yimou • 2009 • China, Hong Kong
    Starring Sun Honglei, Xiao Shenyang, Yan Ni

    Master director Zhang Yimou (RAISE THE RED LANTERN, HERO) took a surprising stylistic detour with this audacious crime comedy, which transposes the Coen brothers’ debut feature, BLOOD SIMPLE, from a Tex...