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  • Summary: Zhang and his gang execute a routine train robbery, but find the train doesn't contain any silver, just a petty con artist, Tang, on his way to Goose Town, where he's bought himself a position as governor- which he plans to use to bilk as much as he can from the citizens as he can before moving on to the next town. Desperate to survive, Tang convinces Zhang that if he will spare him, Zhang can assume the position of Governor instead… and with Tang as his counselor, he can make more money in a month than a he could in a year's worth of train robberies. Zhang, intrigued and looking for a break from the road, accepts. (Well Go)

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 1, 2012
    90
    It is marvelously funny - a screwball comedy with more layers than a pearl - and visually sumptuous.
  2. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Apr 23, 2012
    80
    This period action comedy by Jiang Wen (Devils on the Doorstep) is great fun in the Shakespearean tradition, stuffed with lively characters, dramatic stand-offs, and stolen-identity subplots.
  3. Reviewed by: Henry Barnes
    Mar 14, 2013
    80
    Between the kung fu, the gunplay, a gentle romantic subplot and the extreme gastronomy – there's something for everyone.
  4. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Feb 29, 2012
    67
    That dedicated wryness makes the endless twists and betrayals easier to process-these are awful people, but it's sure a lot of fun to watch them fight it out.
  5. 63
    Low on nuance and high on body count, the movie is primarily of interest to fans of Asian action spectacles and followers of the charismatic Chow Yun-fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), here cast as both a dandyish villain and his idiotic double.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 1, 2012
    60
    A good-natured and highly enjoyable goof.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 1, 2012
    50
    At least 30 minutes and several scams too long, the plot passes from amusing to confounding long before the final double-cross.

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  1. Apr 30, 2012
    9
    I loved this movie I'm not much on Hong Films but as a kid I loved the old Bruce Lee movies, but the reason I purchased this was because of Chow Yun Fat, loved him in the american films, a very good actor! I love the plot! and the sound effects was great, so I'm not always a deep guy, I don't know why but I just enjoyed this one. Expand

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