Friday, June 26, 2009

wuxia noir?

Zhang Yimou (he who made Hero, among other things) is all set to remake The Coen Brothers classic Blood Simple. The Stunning Case Of The Three Gun Shots (echoes of Erle Stanley Gardner?) marks an interesting addition to an ant hill of trivia. The Coen exercise in modern noir derived its title from a Dashiel Hammett novel called Red Harvest featuring The Continental Op, a man with no name. Kurosawa's classic Yojimbo was reportedly based on this novel. Sergio Leone unofficially adapted Yojimbo into the first edition of his famous Spaghetti Western trilogy, A Fistful of Dollars. Years later, Walter Hill re-imagined Yojimbo in Prohibition-era Texas with Last Man Standing.
Yeah, yeah, I've written about all this before, but who cares.

1 comment:

Manish said...

Another Dashiell Hammett adaption is Miller's Crossing (The Coen Brothers again). In fact, it is adopted by two Hammett novels.

The plot is loosely derived from The Glass Key and settings from Red Harvest (again).

Red Harvest also inspired an equally competent novel - Solomon's Vineyard by Jonathan Latimer who also did the movie scripting for the film version of The Glass Key.

Its time now that Vishal makes a desi version of The Maltese Falcon.

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