In this pitch-black action-comedy, the legendary bandit "Pocky" Zhang violently crosses paths with the con man Tang, who desperately offers up an intriguing proposition: Zhang will become the governor of Goose Town, where he can make more money in a month than he would in a year of train robberies. But neither realizes that Goose Town is already under the iron rule of Master Huang (Hong Kong action legend Chow Yun-Fat), a ruthless and wealthy crime lord. Zhang and Huang begin a hyper-violent and hilarious series of escalating mind games in this witty, masterfully vicious film, China's highest-grossing of all time.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
At least 30 minutes and several scams too long, the plot passes from amusing to confounding long before the final double-cross.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 03.01.2012
A rollicking Chinese western directed with cinematic gumption.Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter, 04.27.2011
A rollicking, violent, Western-cum-comedy that serves many masters, but adds up to an entertaining hot pot of wry political commentary and general mischief.John Anderson, Variety, 04.27.2011
Comedy and shifting-allegiances intrigue more than compensate for the dearth of rousing action in this 1920s-set film...Nick Schager, Village Voice, 02.28.2012