A fantastically cryptic and darkly comedic Chinese western, Jiang Wen's Let the Bullets Fly ticks off all the fun boxes and looks endlessly stunning and clever doing it. Though distinctly western in style and influence, Bullets is as unique as they come for the genre. Jiang Wen puts his own twist on the genre with the same depth, complexity, and layered satire and political commentary of his other efforts like the underappreciated Devils on the Doorstep.
Jiang, Chow Yun Fat, and Ge You are all classic, over the top, and lively as ever and Carina Lau gives a great performance as well as does Wen's brother Jiang Wu in a bit part. With so many elements in motion at all times, the film can get confusing and overwhelming but is nonetheless an extremely entertaining experience overall that deserves far more analysis than can be given in a few short paragraphs.