February 19, 2012, 1:30 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Outside the Box [Office] Well Go USA Entertainment and Variance Films invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Let the Bullets Fly

Directed by Wen Jiang
Screenplay by Wen Jiang, Ping Shu, Junli Guo, Bukong Li, Xiao Wei and Sujin Zhu

1:30 P.M. on Sunday, February 19th, 2012

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Opens at select Los Angeles theaters on Friday, March 2nd

About Let the Bullets Fly

In the lawless land that is rural China in the 1920s, legendary bandit “Pocky” Zhang (Jiang Wen) and his gang stage a train robbery. They are quite unhappy to discover that instead of silver, the only thing left on the train is the con man, Tang (Ge You). Desperate, Tang explains that he’s on his way to Goose Town, where he’s bought himself a governorship. If allowed to live, he will help Zhang assume the governorship in his place... where Zhang can make more money in one month as a corrupt politician than he can in a year’s worth of train robberies. With Tang as his prisoner/counselor, off they go.
But neither realizes that Goose Town is already under the iron rule of the wealthy Master Huang (Chow Yun Fat, The Killer, Hard Boiled), whose charming exterior conceals a ruthless, conniving crime lord. As Zhang begins to see how badly Huang oppresses the citizens of Goose Town, he decides to do something about it, and Huang quickly senses a major threat to his empire.
Thus begins an escalating series of hyper-violent (and hilarious) mind games between the bandit and the crime lord, while the devious Tang tries to play both sides until he can exit the situation... preferably with a profit. The stakes quickly rise to ludicrous proportions in this masterfully vicious, pitch-black action-comedy (China’s highest grossing film of all time), and you’ll be laughing the entire time as double- and triple-crosses, razor-sharp wordplay, and hundreds of thousands of bullets explode across the screen.

Provided courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment and Variance Films. Not rated. Running time: 90 minutes. In Italian, with English subtitles.

To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here.


Director's Statement

The creation of every film almost always comes from the meeting of the accidental and the inevitable. Let The Bullets Fly is no exception. For me, the inevitable came after I finished In The Heat Of The Sun, Devils On The Doorstep and The Sun Also Rises. These are three films I have always wanted to do. Each one a different creature, and each taking off in a completely different direction. Now that they are done, I feel that I am open to take on any kind of theme or story. The film medium has inevitably become a much freer and open landscape for me.
And then the accidental happened.
I came across by chance a story by veteran Sichuan author Ma Shitu that has suspense, epic imagery and emotion, all of which would instantly appeal to audiences in modern China. However, what was even more appealing to me personally was the promise of an intricate insight into people and their world of complicated interpersonal relationships. It also offers an opportunity for self-discovery as events unfold.
Particularly meaningful and fascinating for me is how this story works on multiple levels. As you delve into them, new layers of emotions and sensibility unfold.
There are a lot of characters in Let The Bullets Fly, many of them assuming several identities at the same time. On the surface, the plot seems complex. However, it really is in essence a story about coming of age. During production, I would sometimes subconsciously incorporate my own views and sensibilities into the character of Zhang Muzhi, or “Pocky” Zhang. For me, Zhang and Let The Bullets Fly represent an interesting personal realization of this stage in my own life.
-- Jiang Wen

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain. The weekly screenings will be on Wednesday and Sunday nights (and other select dates, as they arise) in the School of Cinematic Arts Complex, George Lucas Building.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 3:45 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu